University of Louisville women's basketball coach Jeff Walz and his staff were all over the country last week, evaluating a bunch of prospects during the evaluation period.
About six of those prospects were in Chicago at the Nike Nationals event. U of L coach Jeff Walz spent two days at the tournament and Cardinal Authority spent time evaluating those prospects the Cardinals are recruiting.
Here's an evaluation of the prospects the Cardinals were watching in Chicago:
TAJA COLE: The point guard from Richmond, Va., has already committed to the Cardinals and she's a dandy of a player. A top-30 national player Cole is an explosive lead guard who has the ability to score in a variety of ways. She has great body control and plays for a very solid Boo Williams Summer League team. Cole will be a standout at U of L with her athletic ability and smart, heady play. She's a keeper.
ARIKE OGUNBOWALE: The 5-foot-10 top-10 prospect Milwaukee was sensational in the two games I watched with her in it. She's strong and athletic and is a big-time scorer. She narrowed her list to five on Sunday and the Cardinals are in the mix. Ogunbowale is a future All-American-type of player in college.
TEAIRA MCCOWAN: The 6-foot-7, 235-pound prospect from Texas is big, big, big and compared to most girls her size is extremely athletic and mobile. She runs the floor well, has amazing hands and doesn't seem to get winded. At the next level, in the right system, McCowan could become a star. Her AAU coach is a former assistant at Baylor and coached Brittney Griner. He says this one could be as dominant.
SAM FUEHRING: The staff saw the 6-foot-2 prospect from New Jersey a bunch last week and she seems like a kid that wants to come to Louisville. She's solid - but not great - at everything she does. One of those players who is going to be a very good four-year player. I liked her hands and defense, but she needs to improve on the offensive end of the floor.
ETERNATI WILLOCK: Remember this name. She played for the Canadian U-18 team and is a 6-foot-2 post player with a ton of ability and potential. She is lacking a bit on offense but is an exceptional shot blocker and big-time rebounder. She would be a great fit for the Cards. Willock is a top-50 prospect.
CALVEION LANDRUM: She was the only '16 prospect Walz was watching in Chicago and she is such a talent. She's ranked No. 11 by ESPN in the '16 class and is just such a smooth player. She's an athletic combo guard with every school in the country coming after her.