Morgan picks up UofL offer?

Rick Pitino recently visited South Kent (CT) Prep to check out Jesse Morgan, a 2010 prospect from Philadelphia (PA), and ended up giving the 6'4, 170 pound combo guard some very big news.

Rick Pitino liked what he from Jesse Morgan while watching the 6'4 guard in action recently at South Kent's open gym. In fact, Louisville's coach was pleased enough with Morgan's play that he offered a scholarship.

"It was good news," Morgan said. "I was very excited about the offer from them. I'm very, very interested in the school."

After watching him play, Morgan said Pitino told him that he felt he'd make a good addition to the Louisville basketball program.

"Coach Pitino and his assistant [Steve Masiello] came up and I talked to them," Morgan said. "It was a good conversation and he just told me about the school. He said he likes my game and that he wanted me."

Pitino's got company. Morgan said he also is considering offers from Seton Hall, Uconn, LaSalle, Umass and Rhode Island. He'll visit Seton Hall this weekend.

"I'll probably take all five visits before I make a decision," said Morgan, adding that he didn't plan to sign a national letter of intent until next spring. "I don't have any favorites. I'm just waiting to see how I fit into these schools systems."

Louisville loses senior guards Edgar Sosa and Jerry Smith this season and is looking for someone to provide depth next year behind both Peyton Siva and Preston Knowles.

"He said I can play both positions so that's the reason I got his attention," said Morgan. "I can play the point and the two guard [positions]. He said he was very excited about that. I like [Pitino] he has a good resume. He's produced a lot of pros and Louisville is a basketball city. It would be good to play there."

Morgan said he will make an official visit to Louisville on Oct. 16. He'll be joined on that visit by South Kent teammate J.J. Moore, another Louisville 2010 recruiting target.

"He's going down to but he's going unofficially," said Morgan. "We've thought about it and we're still thinking about it. I'd like to play with him because he's a good player. It's in our thought process."

Morgan participated in the Reebok All-America camp last summer and was one of the top players at the event. Clark Francis of the Hoop Scoop rated Morgan the No. 9 player in camp and the No. 1 shooting guard. Louisville started recruiting him right after that performance at watching him play at a n AAU tournament in Neptune, New Jersey.

"I can attack the basket and I can shoot the ball real well," Morgan said. "I can defend and I'm an aggressive player who can get to the basket and score. I'm a scorer."

Before attending South Kent, Morgan led Prep Charter High to the Philadelphia public league title as a senior, averaging 27.8 points per game, 11 rebounds and five assists. He also helped his team win the state title as a sophomore.


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