Shepherd Takes Third Visit

Karviar Shepherd made an unofficial visit to Louisville last week and the four-star 2013 center from Texas talked to about it, and his recruiting plans...

Karviar Shepherd made an unofficial visit to Louisville last week and the four-star 2013 center from Arlington (Tex.) Grace Prep told that he's strongly considering the Cardinals.

"It was a nice visit," Shepherd said. "They had a nice facility, Coach (Rick) Pitino is a legendary coach and their players …. were pretty awesome. It was nice."

What stood out about his visit to Louisville?

"Their gym, it's unbelievable. It's like an NBA arena," said Shepherd. "It's incredible."

Louisville's most pressing 2013 recruiting need is finding a big man, or two. Shepherd, the 6-9, 210-pounder who is ranked one of the Top 10 centers nationally in the '13 recruiting class, appears to be one of the Cardinals top targets heading into the July evaluation period.

"[Pitino] said he only wants players that want to come to the school," Shepherd said. "He just really wants to help players get better. He wants the best for his players and he thinks he can bring out the best in me. That's what he told me."

Though he had spoken with Pitino on the telephone prior to his visit, Shepherd hadn't met the UofL coach personally until last week. Does Shepherd believe Pitino's system would be a good fit for his abilities after meeting with the coach?

"I don't know yet," Shepherd said. "I'm not really looking at the recruiting process right now. I'm going to try to focus on playing. I think I could fit in at any school. I'm just trying to get better as a player and graduate."

Shepherd said he enjoyed meeting and hanging out with the Louisville players during his visit.

"I didn't know any of them before the visit but they're good players and good guys off the court," said Shepherd, "They're nice to be around."

Though he says he's not focused on his recruitment, Shepherd, a teammate of Louisville target Jordan Mickey, has made unofficial visits to Louisville, UCLA and LSU this month. Shepherd visited the Bruins while in Los Angeles for the Pangos All-American Camp and attended a team camp at LSU. Shepherd said he was unsure if he will visit any other schools before July and claims no favorites heading into the evaluation period.

"Everybody is about the same. All of them want me to come in as a big force," Shepherd said. "They see me as a leader and defensive player who gets the little things done."

"Of course, schools are going to move up the list that I go visit," Shepherd admitted. "There's just stuff I've got to think about."

Shepherd says he's not sure when he'll be ready to choose a school. "I'm just going along with everything," he said. "Whatever my heart desires that's where I'm going to go. Whatever is best for me and my education I'm going to pick that school."

Shepherd is nursing an ankle injury heading into a busy July schedule that will have him playing in front of college coaches at stops in Indiana, Milwaukee, Las Vegas and possibly Orlando, Fla.

"I'm just trying to get healthy, but it won't prevent me from going strong in July," said Shepherd.

Besides Louisville, UCLA and LSU, Shepherd is also considering SMU, Georgetown, Kansas, Texas A&M, Florida State and Gonzaga.

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