Rick Pitino picked up his third commitment from the 2013 class, when Chris Jones a 5-10 junior college point guard gave a verbal pledge to Louisville yesterday. Jones joins Anton Gill, a 6-foot-4 scoring guard from Raleigh, NC, and Terry Rozier, a 6-foot-1 combo guard from Cleveland, OH. Both are currently attending prep school at Hargrave Military Academy in Chatsworth, VA.
All three of Louisville’s current commitments are ranked in Scout.com’s top 100. With the addition of Jones, ESPN.com now ranks Louisville’s 2013 class third in the country. Although the class at this point is strong, Pitino and staff are still looking to add one if not two more players in 2013. The main priority for the staff at this point is to add another big man or possibly a wing.
Here is a list of some of the names you’ve heard mentioned with Louisville’s 2013 class and a brief update on where they stand at this point.
–Marcus Lee, 6-foot-9 Center: Lee took an official visit to Louisville on September 7th and currently has the Cards in his top three, along with California and Kentucky. Lee didn’t pick up a scholarship offer from Kentucky until last week. He’ll visit Lexington next month for their Big Blue Madness. I think Louisville is in solid shape with Lee, but it sounds like California may be the team to beat.
–Moses Kingsley, 6-foot-9, Center: Verbally committed to Arkansas over the weekend while on an official visit. Wyking Jones visited with Kingsley during the open-contact period. Kingsley had been one of the top targets at the center position for Louisville in the 2013 class.
–Anthony “Cat” Barber, 6-foot-1, Point Guard: Barber visited Louisville on September 7th, but due to an incident that happened while he was on his visit, Louisville stopped pursuing him. He verbally committed to North Carolina State while on an official visit over the weekend.
–Demetrius Jackson, 6-foot-2, Point Guard: Jackson appeared on Louisville’s radar later in the summer, picking up a scholarship offer from the Cards in July. With Chris Jones now committed to Louisville, I’d say Jackson is no longer a target for the Cards. He’ll likely decide between Kansas, Notre Dame and Illinois.
–Troy Williams, 6-foot-7, Small Forward: Williams was at one time down to just North Carolina and Kentucky. In the middle of the summer he decided to open things up and added half a dozen schools to the list, with Louisville being one of them. I still think it’s a long shot for Louisville, but Kevin Keatts had an in-home visit with Williams last week.
–JaJuan Johnson, 6-foot-5, Shooting Guard: Memphis native, JaJuan Johnson picked up a scholarship offer from Louisville and visited Louisville unofficially in June. I’m not sure if Louisville stopped pursuing Johnson because they’re already pretty stacked at the guard position, but he doesn’t appear to be a target at this point. Miami, Texas and Alabama are the current leaders.
–Davon Reed, 6-foot-5, Shooting Guard: Reed picked up a scholarship offer from Louisville over the summer, but he never appeared to be a top target. I’m assuming he’s no longer on the radar with the Cards being set at the guard position in the 2013 class. Wake Forest looks like the leader.
–Jordan Mickey, 6-foot-7, Forward: I’m not sure what happened with Mickey, but Louisville apparently stopped pursuing the 5-star prospect towards the end of the summer. Mickey had Louisville as one of the top schools on the list after taking an unofficial visit in June. SMU and Ohio State are both being mentioned with Mickey.
–Jarrell Martin, 6-foot-8, Forward: Martin has been a big priority for Louisville for quite some time now. I’m not sure where the Cards currently stand, but Martin received a visit from the staff last week. He took an unofficial visit to Louisville during the 2011-12 season and was apparently very impressed with the program. His most recent list included Alabama, Louisville, LSU, Oklahoma State, St. John’s, Texas A&M and UCLA. LSU is rumored to be the favorite.
–Beejay Anya, 6-foot-8, Center: Anya wasn’t mentioned a lot with Louisville over the summer, but it sounds like the staff may be able to get him in town for a visit before the end of the month. With the center position being a top priority for the 2013 class, Anya would be the best option in my opinion. Since the open contact period began, he’s heard from Depaul and visited Pittsburgh over the weekend. North Carolina State and Indiana are also involved
–Akoy Agau, 6-foot-9, Power Forward: Agau took an official visit to Louisville over the weekend. I haven’t heard exactly how the visit went, but Agau will likely take a few more visits before he comes to a decision. West Virginia, Georgetown and Nebraska will likely get visits from Agau.
–Joel Embiid, 7-foot-1, Center: Embiid is a late bloomer in the 2013 class. He picked up a scholarship offer from Louisville at the beginning of this month and has been contacted by the Louisville staff as recent as this week. Embiid is definitly a raw prospect, but other high level school are starting to show interest as well.