Hinds hears from Louisville

In the wake of five-star Marquis Teague's decision, Louisville appears to have turned up the heat on Jabarie Hinds, an ultra-talented point guard from Mount Vernon, NY. Hinds spoke with Louisville Monday night and then talked recruiting with InsideTheVille.com.

Now that five-star point guard Marquis Teague has committed to Kentucky, Louisville is expected to turn up the heat on rising Mount Vernon (NY) lead guard Jabarie Hinds.

Currently a three-star prospect, Hinds should move to four-star status this summer, especially after an outstanding showing at the Jam Fest in Pittsburgh last month before suffering an ankle injury that will sideline him a few weeks this spring.

Though his return to the court is unknown – Hinds says he's shooting for the Bob Gibbons Tournament of Champions later this month – his ability on it is not. One of the top point guards in the junior class, Hinds led Mount Vernon to the 2010 New York state championship while averaging 25 points, four rebounds and four assists.

Jabarie Hinds spoke with Louisville's Steve Masiello Monday night.
Louisville clearly has turned up their recruiting intensity on Hinds since losing a heated recruiting battle to Kentucky two weeks ago for Teague. Louisville assistant Steve Masiello spoke with Hinds Monday night and told the 6-0, 160-pound point guard the Cardinals are highly interested in his services.

"I talked to [Steve] Masiello last night," Hinds said. "He just wanted to check up on me and see how I was doing. He said he wanted to get me down there to see the campus. They're a good school."

When asked about his recruitment, Louisville was the first school Hinds mentioned, followed by Oklahoma State and Virginia. "I've got some other schools looking at me," Hinds added.

Hinds said coaches from Villanova, South Carolina, Virginia and Oklahoma State visited his school during the evaluation period last month. One school that Hinds isn't sure about now is Wake Forest. Hinds reportedly named the Demon Deacons his leader last month before Dino Gaudio was replaced by former Colorado coach Jeff Bzdelic.

"We had a good talk," Hinds said of his discussion with Wake Forest new coach. "He told me about his background and he seems like a real nice guy. They're still on my list but I'm not sure about them because of the coaching change."

Hinds said he's going to try to visit a few schools on his list this summer.

"I want to be an all-around point guard, run the team and get all my teammates involved," Hinds said. "I'm looking for a team that plays full court and gets up and down the court."

Before suffering a high ankle sprain last month in Pittsburgh, Hinds impressed Scout.com's Evan Daniels with his play for the Westchester Hawks. Here's what Daniels wrote about his performance at the Pitt Jam Fest:

"The talented 6-foot floor general was on a tear until he went down with a bad wheel. The Mount Vernon (N.Y.) High product has impressive speed, is a solid athlete and can really score. To go with his scoring punch, Hinds has good vision and is terrific when he get the ball out in transition. There's no question about it, Hinds certainly made the believers out of quite a few people in Pittsburgh."

Hinds, who could return to action in North Carolina Memorial Day weekend, said he intends to take some visits in the fall before he makes a college decision.

"It's getting better," Hinds said of his ankle. "I'm going to be back [this spring], but I'm not sure when. I'm trying to get back for Bob Gibbons."

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