During the first evaluation period of the summer, Rick Pitino and his assistant coaches were all on the road getting a closer look at some of the top prospects from the 2014 and 2015 classes. It’s been evident for the past few weeks that with the backcourt set in 2014, Pitino and staff will focus on front-court players from here on out.
When looking at the scholarship situation, it seemed as if Louisville will add four or possibly five recruits total in 2014. You can never be sure as of which players may leave early for the NBA, but it sounds like Pitino and his staff are telling recruits that both Montrezl Harrell and Chane Behanan will likely be gone after this season. It may not seem logical right now, but when it’s all said and done, Pitino may bring in a total of six players in 2014.
Here are the players who received quite a bit of attention from Louisville last week during the first evaluation period.
Trey Lyles, 6-foot-9, 210-pound, Five Star Forward
List: Louisville, Kentucky, Florida & Butler
Cliff Alexander, 6-foot-9, 230-pound, Five Star Center
List: Louisville, Kentucky, Michigan State, Memphis, Illinois, Kansas & Arizona.
Angel Delgado, 6-foot-8, 215-pound, Four Star Forward
List: Louisville, Kentucky, Dayton, Georgetown, Florida State & Seton Hall
Goodluck Okonoboh, 6-foot-9, 205-pound, Four Star Center
List: Louisville, Indiana, Duke, Syracuse, Providence & Ohio State
Jaylen Johnson, 6-foot-8, 200-pound, Four Star Forward
List: Louisville, Florida State, Mich. St., N.C. St., Maryland & Cincinnati
Myles Turner: 6-foot-11, 260-pound, Four Star Center
List: Louisville, Ohio State, Baylor, SMU & Texas, among others.
There are multiple other front-court prospects that have received interest from the Louisville staff such as Myles Turner and Devin Robinson, but it appears that the players listed above are the top targets, in no particular order.