Hoop Scoop: Weekend Visitor Breakdown

It's turning out to be a huge recruiting weekend for Rick Pitino's Louisville basketball program. The Cardinals are expecting to host four big-time basketball prospects, including top commit Wayne Blackshear and Top 10 C Anthony Davis. InsideTheVille.com breaks down the Cardinals talented weekend visitors.

Breaking Down Louisville's Weekend Visitors
Louisville will host four elite prospects this weekend. Here's an inside look:
Anthony Davis – 6'9, C, Chicago (IL) Charter Prospectives
Inside Scoop: Getting Davis on campus this weekend is a huge coup for Rick Pitino's Louisville program. Davis, who will remind longtime Louisville fans of a young Pervis Ellison, has risen from obscurity to the Top 10 in his class this spring. The fastest rising prospect in the nation, Davis, who earned the Most Promising Prospect award last week at the NBA Top 100 Camp, has been friends with top UofL commit Wayne Blackshear and is strongly considering joining Illinois' top prospect at Louisville. Extremely long and quick, Davis is a game-changing shot blocker and is able to corral rebounds that would be out of reach for most players because of his length and athleticism. Though he needs added strength, Davis runs the court like wing player and is highly skilled on the offensive end, hurting defenders with his face up game and on the offensive glass, where he gets lots of easy second chance points for his team. Syracuse, Ohio State, North Carolina, Duke and other are also giving chase, but Pitino hopes this weekends visit will separate the Cardinals from the rest of the pack.
Wayne Blackshear – 6'5, SG, Chicago (IL) Morgan Park
Inside Scoop: Blackshear, the No. 1 overall player in Illinois, could play a key role in helping Louisville win the race for Anthony Davis. Blackshear, who committed to the Cardinals last winter, is looking to bring several prospects to Louisville with him and Davis certainly fits the bill. If Louisville can land Davis to team with Blackshear, Rick Pitino would have as talented an inside-outside duo as any in the country. An elite offensive talent, Blackshear played through injury last week at the NBA Top 100 Camp and showed he has the ability to be a lockdown defender. As a junior, Blackshear averaged 29 points and 10 rebounds to lead Morgan Park HS to the Chicago Public League championship and a spot in the Illinois state tournament. The key to Louisville's 2011 recruiting class, Blackshear is also one of the Top 10 prospects in the nation and one of the truly elite shooting guards in his class.
B.J. Young – 6'2, PG, Florissant (MO) McCluer North
Inside Scoop: Young, a new name on Louisville's 2011 radar, was one of the top players at the NBA Top 100 camp. The second leading scorer in Charlottesville last week, Young is rated the No. 8 point guard prospect in the Class of 2011. Though Louisville hasn't extended an offer to Young, the 6-2, 185-pound guard told InsideTheVille.com this week that he "really likes Louisville" and hopes the Cardinals will offer him a scholarship this summer. Young is receiving heavy interest from Marquette, Indiana, Baylor, Purdue and others, and appears poised for a big July. Here's something to watch for: Will Louisville turn up the heat on Young this summer and offer a scholarship? Though there are some academic concerns surrounding Young, there's no denying his talent or desire to reach his potential. Young, named a 'Workout Warrior' at the NBA Camp, an honor given to just a few select players who was up early in the morning for pre-camp workouts, reminds of NBA standout Larry Hughes.
Roburt Sallie – 6'5, SF, University of Memphis
Inside Scoop: Sallie, who is expected to graduate from Memphis this summer, could be a perfect fit for Louisville. Because he'll graduate, Sallie could transfer to Louisville and play immediately next season. That's big news for the Cardinals, because Rick Pitino has an open spot on the wing for someone like Sallie to come in and play major minutes right away. Louisville recruited Justin Coleman to fill that role, but there are concerns that he might not qualify academically to play next season. If that happens, Sallie would be a huge late addition for the Cardinals and would be capable of making an instant impact because of his experience and outside shooting ability. Sallie, a well-rounded talent who averaged 10.5 points and four rebounds as a junior for Memphis, made 64 three-pointers and shot 41 percent on three's last season. He made a school-record 10 three's in the Tigers 2009 NCAA first round win over Cal-State Northridge. He's scheduled to visit Indiana after his visit to Louisville, which began Thursday. It's conceivable Sallie could make a quick decision for the Cardinals and it's something to keep an eye on in the next few days.

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