July Recruiting Update

Rick Pitino and his staff have been staying busy on the recruiting trail the past several days. Pitino began his recruiting tour in Las Vegas before hopping the red-eye to Orlando, Florida. InsideTheVille.com has the latest.

It appears that Rick Pitino wants to keep his pipeline to Seattle, Wash. Going into the future. Seattle, of course, is the hometown of former Louisville star Terrence Williams and sophomore point guard Peyton Siva. InsideTheVille.com reported last week that Louisville is near the top of the list for 2012 Seattle standout Anrio Adams and now comes word that the Cardinals might be back in the hunt for super 2011 star Tony Wroten.

Wroten, a five-star prospect, is ranked No. 16 in the Class of 2011 by Scout.com. The Cardinals dotted Wroten's list early in his high school career but disappeared from his list. That is until this week, when the 6-foot-4 lead guard tweeted his new list. That list had Kentucky No. 1, followed by No. 2 Louisville. Washington, Uconn, Villanova and Memphis, in order, completed Wroten's new list.

According to reports from Vegas, Wroten has been on point this week, displaying uncommon floor vision and exceptional passing ability. Wroten scored 24 points in a 67-65 win over the Playaz, led by elite 2012 prospect Kyle Anderson. Rick Pitino was in the stands watching that contest.

Vegas Watch

There's no surprise who Pitino kept an eye on in Las Vegas, essentially the same players he watched earlier this month in Indianapolis and Cleveland.

Quincy Miller, Scout.com's No. 2 prospect, drew heavy interest from the Louisville head coach, as did D-One Sports teammate Deuce Bello, a fast rising Class of 2011 wing forward.

Miller's recruitment is shaping up as a battle between Louisville and Baylor. Bears coach Scott Drew also kept close watch on Miller, as did Oklahoma coach Jeff Capel, who helped coach Miller this summer on Team USA. Bello is expected to visit many of the same schools as Miller.

Shabazz Muhammad, a Top 10 junior, may visit Louisville next month.
Rodney Hood, a 6-8 forward from Meridian, Mississippi, also drew Pitino's attention in Las Vegas. A new name on Louisville's recruiting board, Hood poured in 27 points, including multiple three-pointers, against the Michigan Mustangs with Pitino in attendance. Hood lists Georgia Tech, Michigan State, Florida State, Seton Hall and Marquette as his favorites.

Pitino also kept an eye on top 2011 commitment Wayne Blackshear and Chane Behanan, a high priority 2011 recruit.

Top 2012 Targets Emerging

Pitino made considerable effort in Indianapolis tracking 2012 standout Shabazz Muhammad, and he followed the five-star guard/forward again in Las Vegas. The Cardinals appears a strong contender for Muhammad, an explosive scorer with deep range and a strong competitive streak. Muhammad told Scout.com that he'll likely visit Louisville and Memphis next month.

Anderson, a 6-foot-7 wing from Jersey City, N.J., drew interest from the Cardinals in Las Vegas after strong showings during the evaluation period. A versatile player, Anderson can play inside or out. A four-star prospect, Anderson appears on the rise in the Class of 2012 rankings.

Orlando Watch

With Las Vegas behind him, Pitino has made his way to Orlando, where several of the Cardinals top prospects are playing.

Right at the top of the list is Jakarr Sampson, an athletic 6-foot-8 small forward with a quick first step and lots of potential. Sampson recently picked up a scholarship offer from Kansas and also has Louisville on his list.

Louisville recently made contact with 2011 wing prospect Nick Faust from Baltimore, MD. One of the top performers at the NBA Top 100 Camp and the King City Classic, the Cardinals are expected to keep an eye on the 6-foot-5 shooting guard in Orlando.

Pitino also was expected to eye 2013 star point guard Rodney Purvis. Purvis, an outstanding talent who was the only 2013 prospect in attendance at the King City Classic earlier this month in Cleveland, play for the CP3 All-Stars, Chris Paul's AAU team. New Louisville assistant Tim Fuller coached Paul, now an NBA star, in high school and those ties have the Cardinals in the mix. He led his team to the 15-U AAU national title in Orlando.

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