Pitino building talent pipeline in Indy

Rick Pitino is building a promising recruiting pipeline in Indianapolis with recent commitments from Lawrence North H.S. forwards Stephan Van Treese and Justin Martin. Fortunately for Louisville, the best could still be yet to come.

That's because the Cardinals are in strong position with two of Indianapolis' top sophomores – Michael Chandler, a 6'10 center who teams with Van Treese and Martin at Lawrence North and Marques Teague, a 6'1 point guard from Pike H.S.

While Van Treese, a three-star prospect in the Class of 2009, and Martin, Scout.com's #36-ranked prospect in the Class of 2010, both have outstanding credentials, Chandler and Teague are both considered the ‘elite of the elite.' Chandler, a four-star prospect, is rated the No. 4 center prospect in his class nationally; Teague, the younger brother of Wake Forest sophomore guard Jeff Teague, is a five-star prospect and the No. 2 point guard prospect in his class.

Michael Chandler

"I definitely think it's going to help Louisville with Michael Chandler," said Scout.com recruiting analyst Evan Daniels, referring to Van Treese and Martin's commitments to the Cardinals. "Any time you've got two guys on his high school team in his ear day in and day out it can only be an advantage."

Chandler is one of Louisville's top prospects in the Class of 2011. Pitino has already offered the talented big man a scholarship and the Cards recently hosted Chandler on an unofficial visit along with Van Treese and Martin.

"Louisville has spent a lot of time with Chandler – they've already had him on campus," Daniels said. "I think Louisville will definitely be in the mix when Chandler makes his decision."

Louisville also appears to be the early leader for Teague, whose father played for Pitino at Boston University in the early 1980's. Daniels says he wouldn't be surprised if Teague, like Martin, gives the Cardinals an early commitment.

"It's not just a Lawrence North pipeline they're trying to create it's an (Indianapolis) pipeline with Marques Teague, their other prime target in 2011," said Daniels. "He's a guy that they have a very good shot at getting. They are really hitting that area hard and luckily for them it's an area that has a lot of talent."

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