“It’s better to have a good player with the basketball in late game situations than to have plays” -Rick Pitino
The first two assessments below were made before the addition of Snider and Stockman to the class:
-Jerry Meyer, the national basketball recruiting editor for 247Sports.com assessment of Louisville’s 2014 Class: “They are bringing in a potential star with Shaqquan Aaron. The bigger question is will they get the dividends out of him that they want to get before he heads to the NBA. He’s a guy who will get drafted on potential. He could have just an OK freshman year there and still be a potential draftee or first-round type. He has tremendous playmaking and scoring ability at 6-8. You don’t see that a lot. He can handle the ball like a point guard. “Jaylen Johnson is a tremendous energy player and a great fit for the Pitino system. His game will maximize under that system. He is a baseline-to-baseline player. He’s also a great rebounder and anticipates plays. With Onuaku, you have a big guy who can control space. He is a great complement to Johnson. Jaylen is more athletic and Onuaku would be the anchor who holds down the middle.”
-Alex Kline of the Recruit Scoop.com: “On paper, this class doesn’t look that great, but these guys will all be long term impact players. Johnson and Onuaku fit their system ideally. Onuaku has rapidly improved and is very skilled for a big man. Once he drops some weight, he will be able to make a bigger impact. Johnson brings a lot of intangibles to the team, and will be used properly by Rick Pitino. As far as Aaron goes, he is the wild card of the class. He projects to be a better player professionally (1 on 1 play) than in college. I’m curious to see where coach Pitino places him at primarily and how much time he sees at the 1, 2 & 3. He likes playing the point, but isn’t there yet, but since they won’t have Quentin Snider is makes things interesting.”
ESPN Recruiting analyst: “At this time last week, Rick Pitino was expected to collect three signatures during the early signing period. Instead, he got five. Quentin Snider’s recruitment came full circle with his return to the nest, while the icing on the cake was a signature from Matz Stockman. The 7-foot-2 big man from the Canarias Basketball Academy is a bit of a mystery to most people on the left side of the Atlantic, but apparently, he’s loaded with potential and is set to make his American debut this weekend in Connecticut. Add those two to the expected signatures from Shaqquan Aaron, Jaylen Johnson and Chinanu Onuaku, and Pitino’s Cardinals are sitting pretty right about now.”
-Flanked by his parents and sister Shaqquan Aaron signs his National Letter of Intent and becomes a part of Louisville Basketball / photo Josh Liebeskind
-With his high school graduation set for 2014, 6-7 small forward Shaqquan Aaron has already committed to play for Louisville next year. Check out the young man’s fancy guard-like plays in his official Ballislife mixtape.
-Shaqquan Aaron has been finally getting the respect he deserves because of his huge upside. The Louisville commit is one of the most skilled and polished players in the class of 2014. Aaron’s play on the court is very unique and special in it’s own rights. He has a skill set of a point guard who can handle the ball comfortably in the open court and he’s a high level passer. However, the Seattle native is best known for his elite scoring ability. He is a lights out shooter from the perimeter but also can pull up for a mid-range jumper over defenders because of his towering size. Due to his versatility, he is capable of playing everything from point guard to a forward in the post. The talented upcoming senior is a pure play maker and a fierce competitor on the floor.
-Ypsilanti Community High senior Jaylen Johnson flashes an “L” for the University of Louisville as he signs a national letter of intent to play at Louisville in 2014, as his mother Janetta looks on while at the school on Wednesday, November 13, 2013. Melanie Maxwell | The Ann Arbor News
-10/1/13 Jaylen and his mom took an official visit to the UofL campus this past weekend. They spent two days in Louisville checking out the campus, dorms, practice facilities and other amenities. They even got to watch the team during their first weekend of official practice. According to several sources both Jaylen and his mom where very excited with the visit. Janetta Johnson said of the visit: ”I just thought it was awesome. It was very good to see just the type of program that my son will be a part of. We’re very excited.”
-9/6/2013 Jaylen Johnson becomes the third commit to the class of 2014. Calls coach Pitino on his way to the Hall of Fame induction.
-8/20/13 Johnson, will take an official visit to Louisville on September 20th. He will also take officials to Iowa State on September 13th and Oregon on September 27th. He took an unofficial visit to Louisville back in June and left very impressed by the campus and facilities. I think the Cards are in good shape with this kid and wouldn’t be surprised if he committed soon after his official.
-Ypsilanti, Mich., forward Jaylen Johnson has quickly become one of the most coveted targets in the Class of 2014 by the University of Louisville basketball staff. Johnson recently visited Louisville and is tearing up the July circuit.
-11/13/13 Chnanu signed his National Letter of Intent early this morning and is officially a Louisville Cardinal.
-9/24/13 Big man Chinanu Onuaku has narrowed his list to a pair of schools, according to multiple sources. He called off a visit he had planned this weekend to the IU campus and there are multiple reports that he will make his choice between two schools Louisville, Miami and GTown. I have thought all along that this kid would be a Cardinal and still feel confident in that assumption. He made an official visit with his mother to the Louisville campus earlier this month and also made an official visit to Miami. Last week Rick Pitino traveled to Maryland to visit Onuaku. We could hear a decision very soon here.
-9/12/2013 The recruitment of big man Chinanu Onuaku, the nation’s No. 6 center is coming down the homestretch. He is an interesting case. His favorites are Maryland and Louisville both recently grabbed bigs. They also sit 3rd/4th in 2014 class rankings. I still think the Cards are in good shape here and will land this kid.
-8/16/2013 The University of Louisville basketball staff has expanded its search for big men in the Class of 2014. The Cardinals have extended a scholarship offer to Onuaku and will get a visit in the coming weeks on August 31st. There’s a chance that Louisville is intriguing to Onuaku. Pitino can show how he helped develop Gorgui Dieng. Onuaku has similar strengths. And there has also been rumblings that Maryland could soon go in a different direction and land a commit from Trayvon Reed. Either way I think this guy is someone to keep an eye on in the coming weeks.
-11/22/13 Coach Pitino was in New York Wednesday to see his latest University of Louisville recruit in action, the 7-foot-2 Matz Stockman from Norway.
Here’s the game in full:
-11/19/13 2014 6-foot-10 center Matz Stockman of Canarias Basketball Academy in Spain, by way of Norwegian, signed with Rick Pitino. There is not much out about him, but most will get a good look at Stockman this weekend as his team comes to Connecticut to play in the National Prep Showcase. It appears Pitino has taken a page out of the book of one of the young coaches he has been a protege to – Seton Hall’s Kevin Willard. Willard has recruited, and landed, numerous players out of the Canarias Basketball Academy.
Coach Pitino talks about Stockman:
-11/15/13 Well that happened pretty quick.. Quentin Snider has signed his letter of intent and will play basketball for the University of Louisville. Snider, who plays at Ballard High School in Louisville, Ky., previously committed to the Cardinals in August 2011, de-committed in July and committed to Illinois in September. He was expected to sign with the Illini during the early-signing period this week.
What he brings: Snider, 6-foot-1 and 160 pounds, is a true point guard with a full tool belt of on-court weapons and is also regarded as a high character kid. Snider is good athlete who can push the ball on the break on the bounce or pass. He can knock down open shots with range to the arc, not to mention his ability to stop and pop in and around the lane. Snider can play fast or slow down and execute the halfcourt offense, and he can make plays at end of clock situations as well.(Espn)
11/15/13 Look who has made his way back on to the Beak Recruiting page. There is a lot of buzz floating around in the recruiting universe that Louisville and Quentin Snider are in talks once again and that he may end up a Louisville Cardinal still. He didn’t sign his letter of intent yesterday for Illinois. I will try to keep this page updated with any breaking news on this, and it sounds like it could come as early as this weekend. This is exciting stuff and It would be huge to end up adding Snider to this class.
-11/9/13 Konate was on campus this weekend and spoke with some of the players and hung out some with Mango and Agau. He also spoke with coach Pitino. A commit is not expected this weekend but this is a guy that could sign in the late period.
-9/19/13 Konate is a prep school player from the West African country Mali. He attends Sunrise Christian School in Wichita, Kansas and is another big guy that has caught the Louisville staffs attention. So much so that he has already received an offer and Rick Pitino himself watched him this past Sunday. The recruiting momentum of this guy is gaining steam so keep an ear out.
-11/19/13 The 6-foot-9, 210-pound Bolden is down to six schools considering Louisville, Kentucky, Indiana, UCLA, USC and SMU and said he will start taking visits next month.
-9/22/13 Jonah has cut his list to the following schools: UCLA, Michigan, UNLV, Louisville, SMU, LSU, Arizona, Oregon State, Auburn, and Vanderbilt.
-8/3/2013 Since showing out at the Adidas Nations , he’s not totally under-the-radar and has even received interest from a few schools Arizona and SMU recently. His father handles all of the recruiting business, so Jonah’s not exactly sure what schools are interested. He doesn’t have any particular colleges he favors, but he has mentioned that he likes the University of Michigan. His father is originally from Flint Michigan and even played at Northwestern high school, that’s the same school that produced Michigan star Glenn Robinson. So it makes sense Jonah’s a fan of the Maize and Blue. According to sources close to the Louisville program Pitino and staff have been involved with Jonah for a few months.
-8/3/2013 Adidas Nations continued on Saturday, with a couple of incoming transfers to Findlay Prep amongst the stand outs, one of which is making the move to Nevada from Australia in Jonah Bolden. Look for this kids rankings and star level to skyrocket once he starts playing in the United States.
-9/29/13 Hines is a 6’9″ 2014 Power Forward who has Top 25-level Athleticism, but whose skill set is still under evaluation. He has offers from UNLV, UCONN, Mississippi State and Ole Miss, but top schools like Ohio State and Syracuse have evaluated him as well. He has just moved to Kentucky from Mississippi (where he played for the last three years) and now the Cards are clearly interested enough for him to take an unofficial visit to campus this past weekend. The coaching staff also plans on going to see him as well. He’s kind of new to the scene but many schools are starting to take interest. We’ll see where this goes.
-It’s early in the process and has a lot of suitors. He has offers from Arizona State, Auburn, Cincinnati, Dayton, Georgia Tech, Louisville, Minnesota, N.C. State and Texas A&M. Others expressing interest include DePaul, Florida, Georgia and Miami. Since he just moved here the foreign kids can be somewhat of a wild card because you don’t always know what will be important to them. He wants to major in engineering and wants playing time right away. He has already unofficially been to Louisville as well as Cincinnati.
-10/1/13 The search for a big man to round out the 2014 class keeps expanding as Rick Pitino was in Texas to see Tobe Okafor on Monday Night. The 6-foot-11, 225-pound Okafor is a sophomore at Western Texas College in Snyder. Okafor is from Nigeria and made stops Maine Central Institute and Eric Community College in New York before landing in Texas. He’s been described as a high level athlete with a ton of physical tools, Okakor has made dramatic improvements to his game already and figures to make an impact on both ends of the floor when he does get to the D1 level. He has an offer from Kansas St and ODU so far but other high major schools are taking notice.
-9/19/13 The search continues for a big man to fill out the 2014 class and the search has gone into the Juco Level. There are some very good players playing Juco basketball and Anthony Allen is one of them. He might be one of the best big men prospects in the country. At 7-1 he is a beast and controls the paint area on the defensive end of the floor. Assistant Coach Wyking Jones and Assistant Coach Mike Balado have been keeping close tabs on this guy and both have been to watch him play. This guy would be a good get.
-11/1/13 Rick Pitino and Wyking Jones were on the road Thursday night in Locust Grove, Ga., watching top 2015 center Doral Moore, who plays at Luella High School.
-Right now Moore holds offers from Auburn, Cincinnati, Illinois, Indiana, and Louisville is the latest to jump in. This guy has a huge upside and we haven’t heard the end of his recruitment. It is just gaining steam.
-12/2/13 Rick Pitino was in Florida to check out Blakeney this past Saturday. This kid has become a prime target for the class of 2015. Blakeney finished with 24 points, six eight rebounds and six assists in front of coach Pitino.
-10/20/2013 Blakeney is moving towards high priority for Louisville’s 2015 class and he has moved up on my list. This kid is a scoring machine, and a true point guard who has all the weapons. He has the ability to score from all over the court and in multiple ways. He’s called “Instant Offense” by coaches and friends for a reason. Apparently Coach Pitino loves this kid because he went to watch him last Monday and has made him a top priority.
-Per Hardwood Hoops Central Louisville has shown interest in 2015 G Antonio Blakeney (@blakeney96)
-9/19/13 Louisville has officially offered 2015 Los Angeles View Park center Chance Comanche.
-One of the top junior prospects on the West Coast, Chance Comanche, is hearing from a bunch of schools. One of those schools showing quite a bit of interest is Louisville. The staff checked him out in Vegas during the July Eval period. No official offer yet.
-9/29/13 There are a lot of names floating around early on for the class of 2015 and it is way too early to start making predictions. Bacon is a kid that really likes Louisville and the coaching staff also like him a lot. I wouldn’t be surprised to see this kid be the first to verbal to the Cards 2015 class.
-Per Alex Kline of Recruit Scoop Louisville offered Bacon on 6/28/13
-9/12/2013 Coach Pitino had an In-Home visit with Stephen Zimmermann, a seven-footer and top five recruit in the Class of 2015 on Wednesday. Both Stephen and his parents were very impressed with Pitino according to multiple sources. This kid is gonna be the hottest prospect next year and he’s got them all battling for his services. He also got 86 letters in the mail yesterday. You can read about that here:
-Per several sources Zimmerman has officially added a scholarship offer from Louisville.
-Per William Gunter @WillGunter247 Kaiser Gates (St.Francis/Ga) has been contacted by Louisville asst. coach Kevin Keatts.
-Per Russ @RussHoops Louisville has called 2015 Orlando Evans HS Wing CJ Williamson @CjWill11
-Per Russ @RussHoops Louisville has contacted Corey Sanders
-6’1 sophomore Corey Sanders of Lakeland George Jenkins and Showtime Ballers impressed at the Wallace Prather as well. HoopSeen thinks he’s a national top 150 player and one of the top guards in the sophomore class in the Southeast. They raved about his athleticism, and ability to score 20+ in any given game.
-2015 Brandon Ingram says VCU Florida VaTech Tennessee Louisville UNC Wake Forest and NC State are after him the hardest. No favorites
-Per William Gunter @WillGunter247 Brandon Ingram (Kinston/NC) says he has heard from Louisville.
-Per Shun Williams @OntheRadarHoops Louisville has contacted 2015 PG Jawun Evans of SC Raptors Elite
-Per Shun Williams @OntheRadarHoops Upward Stars 15′ P.J. Dozier has been contacted by Louisville.
-PER Steven Barnhart @HWHoopsCentral 5h
Louisville called to inquire about 2015 SG Matt Milon (Oviedo HS, Q-6 All-Stars). @MattMilon2015
- Per Future150 Justin Jenifer lists offers from USF, Rutgers, Miami (Fl), and Memphis. Interest from Tennessee, Louisville, Syracuse, and Maryland.
-Louisville has offered 2015 Game Elite (GA) SF Jaylen Brown, he announced.
-2015 C Daniel Giddens Wheeler (GA) recently picked up an offer from Louisville & Arizona
-Team Scan head coach Oz Cross: “There’s a bunch of people obviously interested in him and coming to the games. We just try to shelter him from that because – he’s going to be able to, honestly, go to whatever school he wants to. We just want him to work hard, develop and then by his junior year he and his mom will decide what are some of the better fits.”
-Per OnTheRadarHoops Louisville has inquired about 2015 PG Will Jackson Athens Christian (GA)
- 4/28/13 One of the more impressive Class of 2015 performers at the Nike EYBL event in Hampton, Va., over the weekend caught the eye of the University of Louisville. And the big guy landed a offer from the Cards.
-10/1/13 The 6-foot-8 prospect was in Louisville this past weekend for the John Lucas Midwest Invitational. He arrived in town Friday and immediately headed over to Louisville’s campus for his second unofficial visit to the school. Freshman guard Terry Rozier showed Bragg around, and he then met with some of the other players and Cardinals assistant coach Kevin Keatts.
-4/21/13 Louisville was in the gym at Pitt Jam Fest checking out this super sophomore over the weekend
-Top 50 prospect per @INBBallSource: Jalen Coleman (2015) will be transferring to La Lumiere in LaPorte, Indiana
-Jalen Coleman 2015 Indianapolis Cathedral highlights at the Adidas Spring Classic. Jalen is being recruited by Butler, Cincinnati, Clemson, Duke, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Louisville, Michigan, Michigan State, North Carolina, North Carolina State, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Providence, Purdue, Texas and Xavier among others.
-Will Visit for Louisville vs. UK 12/29/13
-Briscoe is considered to be one of the top overall prospects in the 2015 class. Although he still has three more years of prep basketball, Briscoe has offers from quite a few elite level schools. According to Brian Snow of Scout.com, Miami, Virginia, Baylor, Cincinnati, DePaul, Rutgers, Seton Hall, Pittsburgh, and Syracuse have offered scholarships, while Indiana, Louisville and Florida are showing interest.
-10/20/2013 Langford attended the Louisville Red and White Scrimmage this weekend and left with an official offer from Coach Pitino.
-Per @HoopSeen Louisville has shown interest in Mark Vital
-Per OnTheRadarHoops Louisville has inquired about 2016 PG Kobi Simmons @JordanKobi St. Francis (GA).
-Early list of schools for 6’9 2016 Dewan Huell (Norland High) is FSU, Louisville, Memphis, AL, USF, Miami, Murray St
-Per Dorian’sPride @DoriansPride
Kansas, Memphis, Oregon, Louisville, UCLA, USC, & others showing heavy early interest for 6’7 2016 Josh Jackson.
7/29/13-Louisville has officially offered the 6’9 freshman from Florida who is proving to be one of the top up and coming bigs in the class of 2016.
-11/4/13 Louisville staff was at Arlington Country day this afternoon to watch Turner workout.
-9/14/13 Turner will transfer to Arlington Country Day (FL) and has reclassified to the class of 2016. Louisville has shown some light interest in Turner.