Pitino targets Bronx standout

Louisville recently offered 2011 shooting guard Angel Nunez from Bronx, NY. A strong connection with former Louisville star Francisco Garcia could help the Cardinals land the talented Winchendon (Mass.) Prep prospect.

Angel Nunez, a talented 6-foot-7, 185-pound wing prospect with a diverse skill set, has Louisville, Arizona and Kentucky at the top of his list. Arizona and Louisville have both offered Nunez a scholarship. Indiana also has a place on Nunez' list.

What stands out about Nunez' favorite programs? For Arizona, it's a connection with assistant Emmanuel Richardson, a New York native. Louisville has a connection through former star Francisco Garcia and Kentucky's advantage is assistant Orlando Antigua, a Dominican Republic native like Nunez.

"(He's) looking at the school (Louisville). They're in his top three," Nunez' mentor Eric Martinez said. "The fact that Francisco went there (Angel) is considering Louisville as one of his schools."

Louisville, Arizona and
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Martinez was Garcia's mentor when he was growing up in New York. Besides Domincan heritage, Nunez has many similarities to Garcia. They both grew up in the Bronx, attended the same prep school (Winchendon) and had the same mentor growing up. Martinez said Garcia could influence Nunez' college choice.

"We stay in touch when he's in the NBA and he's told Angel what (Louisville) meant to him," Martinez said. "He's definitely an influence on him (Angel)."

Nunez spent his first two years at Cardinal Hayes High School in New York. This summer, however, he'll transfer to Winchendon (Mass.) Prep and begin taking summer classes. That means Nunez won't be on the road much during July's evaluation period.

"We're trying to get his grades up and make sure after two years he'll qualify to receive a Division 1 scholarship," Martinez said.

Martinez said Nunez might trip to Louisville later this summer. "I talked to the coach and we might make an unofficial visit to Louisville in August," Martinez said. "Louisville likes his length. They think him and Francisco are similar. Angel can shoot the ball and he has size and length. He can play multiple positions – the one, two and three."

Before heading to Winchendon Prep, Nunez made a stop at Rutgers basketball camp. "It (was) good," Martinez said. "They have beautiful facilities. It went well."

Scout.com Evaluation: A fine handler with near 6-foot-7 size, Nunez is quick off the dribble, can finish above the rim, shows some skill as a passer and shoots a pretty high arcing shot when he sets his feet and gets a clean look at the hoop. Quick and agile for his size, he's bonafide high major prospect.

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