Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Tuesday Morning Recruiting News: Too Cool for High School

Good morning Sportsthat Nation! Let's start the day off with some high school basketball recruits, shall we?
  • Kentucky recruit C.J. Leslie(5 star power forward) had an outstanding practice yesterday for the McDonalds All-American game. He was quoted as being "unstoppable" at times. He received the best reviews out of the group. He is being recruited by Kentucky, UConn, Florida, NCState and Oregon. He has only visited one school: Kentucky. This kid has seemed to be a Wildcat from the beginning of his recruitment. He has said that he will make a decision by April 17. If he does not go to UK then I will be completely shocked. He went to school with John Wall and remains close friends with him. Wall obviously loved his time with UK (goodbye John, single tear) and probably has nothing but great things to say about playing for the Big Blue. Leslie seems to be a lock.
  • Another recruit in UK's sights is Josh Selby (5 star point guard). Selby is rescheduling a visit that he cancelled with the Cats due to his high school state finals games. He already has visited UK earlier this month on 3/7/10 and another visit looks promising. He is also considering Arizona, Uconn (no visit as of yet) and Kansas. He was also regarded as "unguardable" at practice on Monday but was also to have said to not get his teammates involved and seemed to want to show off a bit. If he commits UK could have another point guard/point guard starting tandem with Knight/Selby. Neither one of them has committed so it's just speculation at this point.
  • On the Louisville front (you're welcome) we have conflicting rankings. Rivals.com has Justin Coleman (small forward) listed as their #45 recruit and listed as a 4 star player. Scout.com on the other hand has him listed as a 5 star player and #16 overall and the #4 small forward. This is the deal: he comes from PatPat's school in Huntington West Virginia. He is listed as 6-5 185 and can play either small forward or shooting guard. Louisville needs a versatile player like Coleman. The combination of him at small forward and Buckles at power forward (I think he needs to start at this position. He is bulkier and more athletic than Swopshire.) could provide the Cards with a more athletic front court than they had last year.
  • The only other recruit listed as having Louisville in the running on Scout.com is 4 star power forward Luke Cothron. He also has UConn, West Virginia and Florida among a list of others. On Rivals.com Cothron has Kentucky listed as a destination but not Louisville. the bottom line is that until they sign with a school we have no idea. Rivals doesn't have any other of the top 150 recruits considering coming to Louisville. To be fair, Kentucky will have a lot more open spots than Louisville will have and that could be why the Cards don't have as many guys in the mix. That being said, Pitino will still have to go after some of these players to fill his roster and add some missing pieces. He has Kentucky's Mr. Basketball, Elisha Justice, coming to play ball there but only as a walk-on. There are still scholarships to give.

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