Louisville expecting talented visitors

Sunday's clash between Louisville and Kentucky needs no hype. With a charged Freedom Hall crowd and a national television audience watching, Rick Pitino's Cardinals are expected to host several of the nation's top high school basketball prospects.

Perhaps the most intriguing player expected in attendance, according to Scout.com's Evan Daniels, is Marques Teague, a super-sophomore point guard from Indianapolis, Indiana. Teague, rated the No. 2 point guard prospect in his class nationally, is strongly considering Pitino's Cardinals. Coincidentally, Teague's father played for Pitino at Boston University in the early 1980's.

"I think Louisville is in great position with Marques Teague. I'd go as far as saying they are the early leader," Daniels said. "Teague's dad played for Pitino (at Boston University) and the two have a good relationship. I think that could play a big role in his final decision."

Ryan Taylor
(2011 prospect)

Louisville also is expected to host Indianapolis (IN) Lawrence North sophomore's Michael Chandler and Ryan Taylor. Chandler (6-11, 250) and Taylor (6-6, 210) both reportedly hold offers from the Cardinals and are high school teammates of 2009 Louisville Stephan Van Treese and 2010 commit Justin Martin. Chandler is rated the No. 4 center prospect in the Class of 2011; Taylor is rated a three-star prospect.

Van Treese and Martin are also expected to be in attendance Sunday when Louisville hosts rival Kentucky. Van Treese and Martin helped lead Lawrence North to the T-Mobile Invitational championship over South Atlanta and No. 1 prospect Derrick Favors.

Another 2009 signee, 6-foot-5 Rhode Island shooting-specialist Mike Marra, is also expected to visit. Marra led his team to a 79-75 win in the title game of the Holiday Hoops on the Hill tournament over St. Mark's last month . Marra scored a team-high 19 points, grabbed four rebounds, handed out three assists and made one steal in the championship game.

Another 2009 signee, 6-foot-9 forward Rakeem Buckles from Miami, is also expected to be in attendance during Sunday's contest. Buckles had 20 points and 13 rebounds in a 63-51 win over Tennessee High in the Arby's Classic Dec. 30. Buckles also posted 24 and 10 against Gate City in the Arby's Classic.

Josh Langford, a 2010 commit, could also be in attendance. Langford is ranked the No. 70 prospect nationally in his class.

"It should be quite a weekend to bring them in for this game – they're going to see a pretty big-time atmosphere in Freedom Hall," Daniels said.

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