Louisville's future frontcourt visits

Louisville's front court of the future – 6'11 Michael Chandler and 6'10 Zach Price - paid a visit to the Cardinals recently. The talented big men, part of Louisville's outstanding 2011 recruiting class, say they're working hard to land top 2011 point guard Marquis Teague.

Samardo Samuels and Terrence Jennings manned the paint in Louisville's 68-60 win over Cincinnati in late January, while the Cardinals front court of the future – juniors Michael Chandler and Zach Price - watched from the sidelines.

The 6'11 Chandler, a five-star prospect rated the No. 13 overall prospect in the Class of 2011, enjoyed his visit to Louisville.

"I thought it was a real good game," Chandler said. "Louisville stepped it up and I thought the energy was real high. It was a good game."

Michael Chandler is one of the elite prospects in the 2011 Class nationally.
Chandler didn't talk to Rick Pitino, but did speak with Louisville assistant Walter McCarty before the game.

"I didn't get to talk to [Pitino] because I think he was doing an interview after the game," Chandler said. "I talked to Coach McCarty and that was about it. He just told me to enjoy myself during the game, stuff like that. He said he can't wait for me come there."

Chandler is in his first year as a starter on the varsity for Indianapolis (IN) Lawrence North. He's averaging 16 points and 9 rebounds despite facing constant double teams around the basket. Chandler's team has an 8-3 record this season.

"I'm doing ok, just trying to figure out how to work around the double and triple teams because a lot of teams are doubling down on me and Ryan," Chandler said. "So I'm just trying to play around that find other ways than scoring to help the team win. I'm just trying to pass it out to other guys for open shots, hit the offensive glass and run the floor."

Chandler and Price were joined on the visit by a third 2011 Louisville commitment – small forward Ryan Taylor. Five-star shooting guard Wayne Blackshear has also committed to Louisville and the Cardinals main remaining target, point guard Marquis Teague, also visited the Cardinals for the Cincinnati game.

"We're still pushing him to come," Chandler said. "I think good things will happen. I didn't talk to him much, I talked to his dad a lot. Everybody is working on him and pushing to get him here. We're trying hard to get him here."

Price, a four-star prospect rated the No. 38 prospect nationally in his class, brought his father and sister with him to Louisville for the first time.

"It was a good experience," Price said. "The game was pretty intense in the first half. But they fought through it and did their job and made it more exciting to be a Cardinal.

"I talked to [Pitino] and I actually brought my sister and dad up here. It was their first time checking out the campus. So it was a really great experience. They loved it so far."

Price, a four-star prospect, is averaging about 10 points and 10 rebounds per game this season.

"I'm doing pretty good. I got off to a slow start but now things are starting to pick up," Price said. "We're doing pretty good. We're 10-3 and all of our three losses were to teams ranked nationally. So we're in good position for the playoffs. I've improved my offense, being a left hander mainly going to my right more often."

Though Price didn't speak with Teague, he's hoping Louisville gets a commitment from the five-star guard.

"I didn't really get a chance to talk to him but the more the better," Price said. "If he committed to us we'd have something pretty special."

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