U of L checks in on '14 big man Lattin

Khadeem Lattin

Top Houston big man prospect Khadeem Lattin hasn't narrowed his list of schools down just yet. But the 6-foot-9 Lattin said he received a visit from "one of the top schools on my list" on Tuesday when University of Louisville assistant coach Wyking Jones stopped in to watch him play Dallas Prime Prep.

Houston Redemption Christian Academy junior center Khadeem Lattin said he's not ready to narrow his list of colleges to a top five just yet.

The 6-foot-9 Lattin said even having a solid junior season that he's "nowhere near where I need to be as a player," so he doesn't want to limit himself in the recruiting process, possible eliminating schools.

But whenever he does narrow his list, Lattin knows one school that will definitely still be on his list – the University of Louisville.

"No matter when I cut my list down, no matter if it's a top five or a top three, Louisville will be in there," Lattin said. "I really like Louisville a lot right now."

It appears the feelings are mutual. U of L had kept in close contact and assistant coach Wyking Jones was in Dallas on Tuesday night when Lattin had 17 points and 10 rebounds against Dallas Prime Prep.

The Cardinals have been recruiting Lattin, who is ranked as the No. 6 center and No. 53 player overall in the Class of 2014 by Scout.com, for a while now. He attended the John Lucas Camp in Louisville back in October.

"Louisville is a top team on my list," Lattin said. "They play my type of style. They're tough, they're athletic and they just go get it. And that's exactly how I play. Coach (Rick) Pitino is a great coach and he just tells his player to go get it.

"I just love watching them play."

Lattin said he's been trying to schedule a visit to Louisville to watch a game but it hasn't worked out with his schedule.

He also noted that while Louisville is a top school, "this is still a process for me and right now I am just looking around and seeing what I like. A lot of new schools have started to come in on me."

U of L and Georgetown appear to be showing the most consistent interest, along with Baylor, Arizona and Oklahoma. He said some of the new schools in the mix include Florida, Kansas, USC and UCLA.

"I'm just going through the process," he said.

Lattin made a strange move last year, transferring to the Canarias Basketball Academy in Spain to further his development. Lattin came back to the states in the spring with a better skill set.

"I have improved so much it's crazy," he said. "I think I've had a good year. Some nights my team needs me to score and some nights they don't, so I just try and do whatever I need to do to help my team."

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