Louisville sets the bar high for Cadougan

Rick Pitino

Toronto native Junior Cadougan recently visited Louisville and came away highly impressed with the Cardinals program. Cadougan, a 5-11 junior point guard who will play for Christian Life Center in Houston, Texas this year, along with his AAU coach Ro Russell, stopped by U of L to visit the Cardinals and meet Rick Pitino late last week.

Toronto native Junior Cadougan visited Louisville last week and came away highly impressed with the Cardinals program.

Cadougan, a 5-11 junior point guard who will play for Christian Life Center in Houston, Texas this year, along with his AAU coach Ro Russell, stopped by U of L to visit the Cardinals and meet Rick Pitino late last week.

"It went pretty good," Russell said. "Obviously they were limited in what they could do because it wasn't an official (visit), but we got a tour of the campus and he was impressed with the facilities and the basketball practice facility, the strength and conditioning guy and the school dormitory that is just for the players was pretty nice.

"They took us to Freedom Hall and showed us the plans for the new arena that they're going to build. It was a really good visit. He was playing with the players and did his thing. They (players) seemed very receptive to his play on the court and looked for him passing the ball. He made some really good plays and they seemed very happy to have a guard like him around that would make other guys better."


Cadougan enjoyed his
visit to Louisville
last week.

Cadougan had a chance to sit down with Pitino and talk to the Louisville coach one-on-one about the Cardinals interest in him.

"Coach Pitino expressed his high level of interest in wanting Junior to come and be a Cardinal and he said he likes the way (Junior) plays and he likes guards that score as well as make plays for others and (can) play an up-tempo style of basketball," Russell said. "Junior was very impressed with Coach Pitino because he was very down to earth and personable."

Cadougan has a host of big-time programs recruiting him. At this point, he's not planning to end his recruitment and he has plans to make a few more unofficial visits later this fall to Texas, Texas A&M and others. Louisville, though, according to Russell, is the early favorite to land Cadougan.

"It's too early for him to put out a Top 5 but he can put out a Top 10," Russell said. "Louisville is leading. He has a firm scholarship offer from Louisville. They said they weren't going to put any pressure on him, but whenever he was ready to make that commitment it was there for him."

Louisville, Texas, Texas A&M, Providence, Florida State, UConn, Florida, Memphis, Tennessee, Louisiana Tech.

"As time goes on that list could change based on how his recruitment goes and how he sees their seasons unfold and who commits to them or signs early with them," Russell said. "But Louisville leads right now. They want us to come up for a game during the year and that's possible because during his high school season he might be in that region for a tournament so if it's convenient he'll come up."

Has Cadougan given any thought to making an early commitment?

"We discussed it, but he still has other schools that he's interested in comparing Louisville to and who have made a strong case that he has an opportunity to go to their school and have been recruiting him for a while," Russell said. "But know how this business goes. He may wake up one day, call me and say ‘Coach I want to go to Louisville. So let's get this done because I don't want to go through this whole recruiting thing.'

"That's always possible with kids because with coaches calling every week and mail coming in every day and all that stuff – after a while it gets to you and kids want to do their school work and play ball. You never know, I might email you one day and tell you that Junior just committed. That's always possible, but as of now the plan is to decide next spring or early summer before the July period."

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