Pitino arrives early to see Ngarndi
University of Louisville Head Coach Rick Pitino arrived at the Western High gym before 7 p.m. Friday night, more than a half hour before the scheduled tip off between the Western High Warriors and sixth ranked North Hardin.
The reason for the his trip down Dixie Highway? None other than ultra athletic, 6'8 Guy Ngarndi of Western High.
Ngarndi, a versatile and athletic forward, has seen his stock soar in recent weeks. In addition to Pitino's visit Friday night, University of Cincinnati Head Coach Bob Huggins visited Tuesday to see Guy in action against Male and Indiana University's Mike Davis has shown considerable interest as well.
Ngarndi was solid, if not spectacular, against North Hardin. Despite being fronted and double teamed by North's zone defense, Ngarndi finished with16 points, 10 rebounds and 2 blocked shots. He also had a steal and an assist on the night.
Guy made 5-11 shots from the floor and 6-8 at the free throw line and did his damage inside the paint on the offensive end. He also attacked the offensive boards against North Hardin, which featured 6'6 Andre Woodson and 6'5 Demetrious Goins, snaring 5 of his 10 boards off the offensive glass.
Ngarndi, the leading rebounder in the state of Kentucky at 13.9 per game, showed his versatility tonight by playing the point on the Warriors 1 - 2 - 2 zone defense and created havoc in the passing lanes for the North Hardin guards. On one occasion, Ngarndi made a nice steal out top in the zone and went coast to coast for a vicious one handed jam, in which he showcased his tremendous athleticism by leaping from 10 feet in front of the basket.
Ngarndi, who shows rapid improvement each time out, demonstrated improved post skills as he continually established position on Woodson in the paint, knocking in an impressive turnaround jumper over the University of Kentucky football signee from 8 feet out.
At this point, there's no secret why Ngarndi's services are becoming highly valued. He's a tremendous athlete, great student (3.7 GPA), and according to his guardian, the Rev. Andre Barnes, is an extremely quick study with a tremendous work ethic and desire to improve.
Ngarndi possesses tremendous upside and has the ability to play multiple positions at the next level due to his size and athleticism. He's extremely lethal on the baseline and is a quick leaper off his feet. He also works hard on defense and is an excellent rebounder and shot blocker with tremendous range and reach. Ngarndi likely projects as a small forward at the Division 1 level, but with added strength could prove a match up nightmare for bigger, less athletic power forwards.
Barnes indicated that Indiana currently led for Ngarndi's services because of the high degree of interest they've shown but noted that things could change quickly if the right school, notably Louisville, made a similar gesture of genuine interest in the 6'8 forward's services.
Barnes said that he would like Ngarndi to be able to make a college decision sometime in March to alleviate the strain of the recruiting process on Guy. And there's no question that Ngarndi will be a tremendous player for the school lucky enough to land him.
North Hardin edged Westernm, 56-53.
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