Under Armour: Louisville checks out prospects

Eric Hester

SUWANEE, Ga. - University of Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino and two assistant coaches spent Wednesday evening at the Under Armour event "The Finals." Cardinal Authority has a wrap up of the prospects Pitino watched.

The second evaluation period of the month began on Wednesday evening with Louisville coach Rick Pitino and his staff out in full force.

Pitino spent the evening at the Suwanee Sports Complex with assistant coaches Wyking Jones and Kenny Johnson at the Under Armour event.

Here's a closer look at the eight prospects the U of L coaches evaluated:

Donovan Mitchell, The City: The 6-foot-3 Mitchell put on a show. He picked up a U of L offer last weekend and showed off in front of Pitino with 26 points, seven rebounds, six assists and six steals. He scored all kinds of ways, including three-pointers and several drives where he was fouled. Mitchell had 11 straight at one point and then threw down a nasty dunk. He turned in the most impressive single-game performance I have seen this spring/summer. The Brewster Prep guard has over a dozen offers and confirmed he will visit Louisville and Indiana next month. Pitino and his two assistants were at the game the entire time and Mitchell said when Pitino called to offer he "was pretty honored. It was Rick Pitino, everybody wants him to call you." Mitchell is a star and expect his ranking to jump a great deal - and soon.

Perry Dozier, Upward Stars: Dozier looked even better than he did at the NBA Camp last month. He missed all of his junior season with a torn ACL but said it's coming along. He's still not 100 percent like he was before but he's a solid player and would be a nice addition. Dozier is 6-foot-7 and very versatile. He doesn't have to score to impact the game. He told me that he chatted with Pitino earlier this week.

Derrick Jones, WE R 1: The 6-foot-8 Jones is still being targeted by the Cardinals. Johnson spent time watching his game. Jones wasn't at his best on this evening and had a tough time getting going. He's still a big-time prospect and said he wants to visit.

Aric Holman, Hoop Dreams: The Owensboro High School standout followed up last weekend's amazing performance with a tough outing. Holman couldn't get anything going and had a bad shooting night. His game drew over 100 coaches, including many of the 14 offers he has received offers from since last weekend. All three Louisville coaches watched but the Cardinals haven't offered him a scholarship. The 6-foot-9 Holman has the size, talent and looks like he's going to be a very good player. It just wasn't his night and said he was a bit nervous. Expect the U of L staff to continue to recruit him.

Eli Wright ('16), Hoop Dreams: Wright had the better game of the two stars on Hoop Dreams. He is super athletic and gets to the rim. Would have liked to have seen him shoot it more but he's going to be one of the top players in the '16 class at his position. He's certainly earned those five or six offers he already has in his pocket. Expect him to be a U of L target.

Dewan Huell ('16), Team Breakdown: Huell was a standout on this night, cramming a one-handed, left-handed dunk early in the game and getting into the flow. Team Breakdown is a 16s team and whipped a '17s team. He hit a few baseline jumpers, blocked five shots and was a beast on the boards. Huell has a U of L offer, said the Cardinals are in constant contact and could end up being one of the top '16 targets.

Juwan Durham ('16), Team Breakdown: Sometimes it's hard to figure out if Durham or Huell is better. On this night it was Huell, but Durham still wasn't bad. He just didn't have to score as much in the blowout. Durham has a lot of upside and could end up being the best college player on this loaded team. He also has an offer from U of L and said he "talks to them all of the time," including Pitino and Mike Balado.

Eric Hester ('16), Team Breakdown: Hester has improved as much as any guard in the '16 class. He holds a U of L offer, is a solid lead guard and with a little improvement could be like a Terry Rozier-combo type. He has a ton of potential and is getting better with the outside jumper, which would take his game to new heights before he heads to college.

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