Lockridge enjoys Louisville visit

P.J. Lockridge, a 2010 small forward from Collinsville (VA) Heat Academy, wrapped up a visit to Louisville Tuesday afternoon. Lockridge attended Louisville's win over UConn Monday night and was blown away by the experience.

P.J. Lockridge just wrapped up a great visit to Louisville and is hoping an offer will come from the Cardinals when Rick Pitino watches him play later this week.

"I liked it a lot. I had fun," Lockridge said. "I liked the game and the crowd, especially that they beat UConn. This morning [Walter McCarty] showed me around campus and he showed me the new virtual tour of the arena that they're building. It was real nice."

Lockridge sat down with Pitino twice during his visit and the UofL coach told him there might be an opportunity for him next season with the Cardinals.

"I sat down with him twice. I like Pitino," Lockridge said. "I had never met him until yesterday. When I met him I had a big smile on my face. He's a real nice guy. He's honest and he will tell you the truth. He said I could possibly have a big opportunity to come in and play next year. It was a good talk."

Pitino is looking for a small forward to play big minutes next season. The Cardinals are also recruiting Justin Coleman, a five-star recruit. Coleman also visited Louisville on Monday.

"I bring a lot of energy, I'm a team leader and I like to get people in their right positions," Lockridge said. "I do a little bit of everything."

Lockridge's team will participate in the National Prep Showcase in Rhode Island later this week and Pitino is supposed to watch him play.

"I guess Coach Pitino is going to come to my game Thursday in Rhode Island and if I do good they're probably going to offer," Lockridge said. "They're very interested in me, though."

If Louisville offers, Lockridge says he'll play for the Cards next season.

"I would [commit] right then and there," said Lockridge. "I like they're style of play. They like to get the ball up the court and run and gun and they like to press, too. That's my style of basketball."

Lockridge's team is 22-3 this season and he's averaging 26 points and 10 rebounds per game. He is ranked the No. 46 small forward nationally by Scout.com.

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