Bello has 'heavy' interest in UofL

Louisville is tracking Deuce Bello hard this month for very good reason - the Top 40 prospect can play. Bello, a teammate of Louisville target Quincy Miller, is trying to prove to college coaches during the July evaluation period that he's not just a high flying athlete. He's off to a good start after a strong performance at the adidas Invitational.

There's a good reason Louisville is tracking Deuce Bello this July: The 6'5 small forward can play.

Ranked one of's Top 40 prospects, Bello has always been noted as a great athlete who played above the rim. With college coaches, including Louisville coach Rick Pitino, watching last week at the adidas Invitational, Bello showed off an improved perimeter game.

"I feel like I've got something to prove," Bello said. "I want to show college coaches that I'm not just an athlete and I can do other things. I think I've improved my…jump shot."

Bello works out with a personal trainer each morning from 7:00-12:30 to improve his perimeter skills, particularly his three-point shooting and ball handling. That work has paid dividends this summer and college coaches have taken notice, including Pitino, who offered a scholarship before the July evaluation period.

"My trainer and I get up every morning and [work on] basic stuff," said Bello, noting that he takes a couple hundred jump shots every day.

On the recruiting front, Louisville recently got back in the mix with Bello after the hiring of assistant Tim Fuller. Bello, who is also considering Duke, Maryland, Oklahoma State, Wake Forest, Maryland and Baylor, has solid interest in the Cardinals.

"Louisville's the latest one [to offer]," Bello said. "They're heavy on my list. [But] It's a long list. I'll figure it out when I go on my visits."

Bello has already visited Louisville last season with teammate Quincy Miller, the No. 2 player in the nation. Those two are looking at many of the same programs and could play together in college.

"We're real close," said Bello. "We have most of the same schools on our list. So we could go to the same school together."

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