CHICAGO - The University of Louisville is targeting some top prospects at the adidad Unrivaled event…
Adidas Unrivaled: U of L targets (day two)
The University of Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino and Mike Balado spent all day Friday at the adidas Unrivaled event in Chicago. The two U of L coaches were tracking a ton of prospects at the event, including top target Deng Adel from Bradenton, Fla., Victory Rock. Here are evaluations of the U of L prospects at the event by Cardinal Authority: DENG ADEL: The 6-foot-7 forward had two sensational games, including 12 points, seven rebounds and four assists in the evening session. Pitino didn't take his eyes of Adel the entire game. He played well in the opener with 10 points, four rebounds, four assists and four steals. He's a stat stuffer and a high motor kid, who is going to be a big-time player. Ray Smith: Smith is a top 10 prospect and did tear his ACL on Thursday night. He was at the camp and in good spirits. Tough break for him, but he will still be a top target. Brandon Ingram: Ingram drew a crowd, including U of L, Kentucky, UNC and Duke for both games. He had 16 points and six rebounds and playing a great game in the afternoon to just 3 of 13 in the night game. He is one of the top players in camp and has played like it in every game except the night session. Eron Gordon: The '16 guard from Indiana has been solid but not great in the camp. He had a nice couple-minute run when Balado was watching him and will remain on the board. But I think there will be others higher up on him. Kyle Guy: The '16 guard from Indianapolis is not the most athletic guard in the camp but he gets the job done. He's a shooter who is becoming better all-around on the court. He's getting a ton of attention. T.J. Leaf A total stud and I will be shocked if he doesn't get an offer sometime soon from the Cardinals. The 6-foot-10 forward from the '16 class does a little bit of everything on the floor. He hit a three, has great body control and just an all-around great hoops IQ. He had eight points in the afternoon game and then had 17 points and nine rebounds in the night session. Love, love, love his game. Payton Pritchard: Leads the tournament in assists and steals and is just a terror on the floor for opponents. He's on;y 6-foot but plays a lot bigger and is so heady on the floor. Love his game and expect him to be a U of L target. Carlton Bragg: Not impressed. He's one of the top players in the country but not a ton of enthusiasm and really doesn't get into the flow. Doesn't strike me as a Coach Pitino player. Hate it because he has so much talent, but just not getting it done for me. DERON DAVIS: The big junior from Colorado is a space eater and has great hands, footwork and can score. He needs to work on his body but is going to be a player. There will be a few new names that Pitino and Balado are expected to watch on Saturday.
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