According to Bello, one of the Top 50 prospects in the country, he and Miller have canceled their trip to Waco, Texas. At this point, the visit to Baylor hasn't been rescheduled. It may not be, depending on how things go in Louisville the first week in September.
That's major news for the Cardinals, who hope to secure commitments from both players in the next couple weeks.
Miller, the No. 2 ranked player in Scout.com's newly released 2011 rankings, is one of Rick Pitino's top remaining front court targets. Bello, an explosive 6'5 wing, might be Louisville's top small forward prospect in the Class of 2011. He's ranked No. 32 in the updated rankings.
Is Louisville the team to beat for Bello's services? It sounds that way.
What will it take for Rick Pitino to convince Bello that Louisville is the right fit for him?
"To make me feel like home," Bello said.
Bello and Miller, who made an unofficial visit to Louisville last season, are viewed as a 'package' deal. Though Louisville seemed to drop off the talented duo's list last spring, Tim Fuller's hiring this summer propelled the Cards back into the picture.
"What sticks out about Louisville is they're [putting together] a good recruiting class and Tim Fuller has been a great recruiter," Bello said. "I talk to Pitino on a regular basis. I call him and he keeps in contact with me. I like their style of play, pressing system. That's my type of game getting up and down the floor."
What stands out about Fuller, who replaced Walter McCarty (Indiana Pacers) on Pitino's staff?
"Tim is an honest guy. He doesn't sugar-coat things, he tells you like it is," Bello said. "From what I've been hearing Tim's a good guy."
Bello, who spoke with Pitino last week, said Louisville envisions him playing small forward at the next level.
"He was talking about how they need me and how I would fit into their system, especially as a freshman," Bello said.
Those two will visit Pitino's program in less than two weeks. They're expected to be joined on campus by Pitino's two highest-rated commitments – 6'5 Chicago shooting guard Wayne Blackshear, and 6'10 Jeffersontown center Zach Price. Josiah Turner, one of the nation's best point guards, is also expected to visit Louisville that weekend, as could Seattle PG Tony Wroten and Baltimore SG Nick Faust.
"I know all of those guys," Bello said. "I've heard they're going to be there that weekend. I talked to Wayne at adidas Nations about Louisville."
Bello also said he may take more visits, listing Baylor, Maryland, Florida State and Oklahoma State as possibilities, but added that he "likely" wouldn't set up any other official visits until after his visit to Louisville.
Bello and Miller are headed to California this week for the Elite 24 Hoops Classic in Los Angeles. The event will be broadcast on ESPNU – the dunk contest will be held Friday and the Hoops Classic, featuring 24 of the nation's finest prospects, is scheduled for Saturday.