The Louisville basketball program will host three unofficial visitors from the 2014 class on Saturday at their first of three red-white scrimmages at the KFC Yum! Center.
JaQuan Lyle, a 6-foot-4 shooting guard from Evansville, IN., Darius Austin, a 6-foot-6 small forward from Cahokia, IL., and Khadeem Lattin, a 6-foot-9 center from the Canary Islands are expected to be in attendance on Saturday afternoon.
JaQuan Lyle has been one of Pitino’s targets in the 2014 class for over a year now and has already taken multiple unofficial visits to Louisville. He was in attendance last month for Louisville’s season opening football game against Kentucky. He stayed with current Cardinal commit Quentin Snider while he was in town for the weekend. Lyle will be coming from Lexington on Saturday as he is scheduled to make an unofficial visit to Kentucky on Friday night for their Big Blue Madness. October will be a busy month for Lyle as he also plans on visiting Indiana and Illinois. He is rated a 5-star prospect and is considered to be one of the top 20 overall players in the 2014 class.
Darius Austin has had the visit to Louisville scheduled since August. He doesn’t currently hold a scholarship offer from the Cards, but he is one to keep an eye on. He has slightly flown under the radar, but played well enough over the summer to attract some interest from a few elite level schools. St. Louis, Miami (OH) and DePaul are Austin’s only offers, but Louisville, Illinois, Cincinnati, Michigan, Iowa, Butler, and Xavier are also showing interest. Louisville assistant coach Kareem Richardson has connections in the area that Austin is from. Austin and his Southwest Jets AAU team participated in the USA Bluegrass Basketball Classic over the summer at the Kentucky Expo Center. Coach Richardson was in attendance to see Austin perform.
Khadeem Lattin (pictured) is a new name to keep up with in the 2014 class. Over the weekend was the first time I’ve heard Louisville mentioned as one of the programs in pursuit for Lattin. The 6-foot-9 center previously played at the Canarias Basketball Academy on Spain’s Gran Canaria Island, but decided to bring his game to the states this year and is attending Westbury Christian in Houston, TX. Lattin has an interesting past to say the least. His mother, Monica Lamb, played collegiately at USC and also professionally in Europe. Lattin has spent the past decade back and forth between Europe and America. He has turned down opportunities to become a professional in Europe so he can keep his amateur status and play collegiately in the states. Lattin has scholarship offers from Arizona, Georgetown, Baylor and Texas A&M. He is rated as a 4-star prospect.
I wouldn’t be surprised to see more players added to the visitors list before the end of the week. Also, with Louisville having three red-white scrimmages I’m sure there will be plenty of others who will attend the later games.