5:00 PM on Wednesday was the official kick off for the first of three July evaluation periods, one of the most crucial stretches of the year for college basketball coaches across the country.
There are only certain times during certain months where coaches are allowed to be on the road scouting and evaluating players. July is believed to be the most important stretch of the summer for coaches on the recruiting trial.
Rick Pitino and his staff are already in good shape with the 2018 class. Both Courtney Ramey and Anfernee Simons are regarded as two of the top twenty or so guards in the country. I’d say the UofL staff will look to add at least two more recruits in 2018 and there’s no question who the top target is.
New Albany native Romeo Lanford has been at the top of Pitino’s list for nearly two years now, therefore it should be no surprise that one of his first stops throughout the live period was to see the local star. Pitino and assistant coach David Padgett were watched Langford play on Thursday afternoon at the Adidas Gauntlet finale in Spartanburg, SC.
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Langford was limited on Thursday with a back injury, but that didn’t keep the high profile coaches away. Staff members from Duke, UCLA and Indiana were also on hand to see the top five prospect in action.
There are a handful of high level programs in the mix for Langford, but for the past few months it doesn’t appear that a leader has emerged. He said earlier this summer that he’d like to trim his list at some point, but that’s yet to happen.
Once his high school season ended it appeared that Duke, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisville and North Carolina were the top contenders, in no particular order.
At this point, I don’t think much has changed, however the folks at Rivals.com believe Louisville will be the landing spot for Langford. Prior to the live period, Rivals national basketball recruiting analysts gave their “pre-live period predictions” on a handful of the top prospects. All four predicted Louisville.
Nick Coffey is the creator and lead publisher for TheCardinalConnect.com. Along with covering Louisville basketball, football and recruiting, Nick also hosts The Red Zone weekdays from noon – 3:00 PM on Cards Radio 790 KRD.