“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.”
-3/10/14 After being snubbed by the McDonald All-American folks Shaqquan finally got some of the credit he deserves today by being named to play in the Jordan Brand Classic game. The Jordan Brand All-American Game will take place at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y., on April 18.
-3/9/14 Congrats to Shaqquan Aaron who had 22 points to help Seattle Rainier Beach beat Eastside Catholic 47-45 for the Class 3A state title in Washington. His Rainier Beach is now 28-0 and ranked No. 2 in country. Aaron will lead his team later this month to a national event in Madison Square Gardens.
-2/5/14 Shaqquan Aaron was named Seattle’s Player of the Year. Former Louisville Guard Peyton Siva also won this award.
-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.
-3/2/14 Johnson was named a Mr Basketball finalist in Michigan. The senior at Ypsilanti Michigan High School is averaging 13.1 points, 9.5 rebounds, and 4.5 blocked shots a game. He has had 8 double-doubles this season.
-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.
-3/11/14 Congratulations to Chinanu Onuaku, who won a Maryland private school championship and was named MVP of the state tournament earlier this week.
-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.
-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:
-3/19/14 Sinder was named Mr Basketball in the state of Kentucky on Tuesday. The last player to lace em up for the Cards as a former Mr Basketball was Elisha Justice.
-3/11/14 Quentin Snider saw his high school career come to a close with a 59-58 loss to Trinity in the 7th region championship game Tuesday night. He leaves Ballard as the school’s all-time leading scorer.
-2/8/14 Quentin came into tonight’s high school game against Eastern with 2,250 points needing 27 points to break Allan Houston’s record of 2,276 points to be Ballard High Schools All-Time leading scorer. Quentin scored 30 points in the game and becomes Ballard’s All-Time leading scorer with 2,280 points. Congrats to him! Can’t wait to see him in Cardinal Red.
-2/3/14 Ballard High School senior point guard Quentin Snider, a University of Louisville signee, has been named one of seven finalists for Kentucky Mr. Basketball honors.
-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.
-4/22/14 Anas offically signed with the Cardinals today. He played the end of his season with a partially torn meniscus in his knee, and he will have surgery in the next few weeks to repair it. There is talk that he might red-shirt this season. I was assuming that he may get the red-shirt anyway to give him time to become more physically ready for college basketball and due to an already packed Louisville front-court.
-3/3/14 Anas is a Card. He signed yesterday with Louisville making him the sixth member of Louisville’s 2014 class.
-2/7/14 Mahmoud’s name is starting to get brought up again a lot in the Louisville circle. He took an official visit to Louisville on January 9th and word is that he enjoyed it. He has close ties to Louisville and his guardian lives in Louisville. Word is that he really likes Coach Pitino. Most are expecting a spring decision from him after he visits Georgia Tech and Richard Pitino’s Minnesota Gophers. Looks like a father and son recruiting battle. First of many I’m sure.
-2/3/14 7-foot-1 Egyptian big man Anas Osama Mahmoud told Gopher Illustrated that he plans to visit Minnesota the 3rd week in February. The Younger Pitino may be taking a run at this big man which tells me Louisville could be laying off a bit.
-1/10/14 Cards are still actively recruiting Anas per several sources and he is in town for an official visit. Was expected to attend the game on Thursday night. This guy is a legit 7 foot 1 and we desperately need size. I really hope he makes it to Louisville.
-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.
-4/20/14 Per Adam Zagoria Rick Pitino will be at Roselle Catholic High School in New Jersey on Monday to check out 2015 G Isaiah Briscoe
-1/13/14 Roselle Catholic Coach Dave Boff tells @SNYtv that Coach Pitino will watch Isaiah on Jan 28th.
-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.
-4/13/14 Per Dinos Trigonis @trigonis30 Louisville is among the latest heavyweight programs to show interest in pogo-stick 2015 6-5 SF @nickblair2305 (Gorman/Las Vegas NV)
-2/25/14 Coach Pitino was in Las Vegas on Monday night doing a little recruiting. He watched Jeter and talked with him and his family. Jeter may visit Louisville this summer.
-3/10/14 Simon tweeted out his top 10 list tonight and they are as follows Colorado, Creighton, Kansas, Louisville, New Mexico, San Diego St, Santa Clara, USC, and Washington. Of course they are in no particular order. Good to see the Cards make it on this kids list and the only East Coast school also to make the list.
-2/24/14 It was reported early Monday by Scout.com that Louisville assistant Wyking Jones would be watching Simons today. Then Later in the evening it was reported by The Recruit Scoop and others that Louisville had offered the Point Guard from California.
-3/9/14 Spalding was at the KFC YUM Center yesterday to watch Louisville play UCONN on Senior Day. It’s his second or third unofficial visit and he’s been to several games this season.
-2/3/14 The Cards have jumped into the mix with the hometown product Spalding, but haven’t offered yet. All three assistant coaches and Coach Pitino have been to watch him play.
-2/23/14 Coach Pitino headed out west after the Cardinals thrilling victory over Cincy. He will be checking in on Shreiner.
-2/3/14 After recently receiving an offer from Louisville, Shreiner was on an official visit this past weekend his first and took in the Louisville vs UCF game. Word is that Kansas, Memphis and UConn are also working on him hard, and he hopes to take visits to those schools, as well.
“It’s still extremely early in the recruiting process so I can’t really say there’s a leader yet but i would say that assistant coach Wyking Jones from Louisville and I had some great discussion over the phone and at my game,” the senior told Rivals.com. Shreiner is still just 17-years-old and is expected to reclassify into the ’15 class.
-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.
2/2/14 Per several sources Blakeney really enjoyed his trip to Louisville this past week. He was really impressed with the fans, the arena and everything about the visit. Wish the Cardinals could have won the game, but that atmosphere was about as good as its ever been in the YUM Center so I’m sure it left an impression on this recruit.
-1/29/14 Blakeney will visit Louisville on Thursday and will take in the game vs. UC. I hope our Cards can put on a show for him, and I know the crowd will great.
-1/11/14 Coach Pitino was in Orlando to watch Blakeney for the third time and he appears to be a top 2015 target for Louisville. He had 26 points in front of coach P. Stay Tuned!
-12/18/13 Louisville assistant Mike Balado was in Florida at the City of Palms Tourney today watching Antonio Blakeney. He finished with 32 points, but took a lot of shots. 11-for-26 overall, including 6-for-15 from three.
-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)
-1/19/14 NY2LASPORTS.COM – UPDATE WITH 2015 F/C CHANCE COMANCHE -Comanche has offers from 10 college programs right now, listing Louisville, UConn, Florida State, USC, Cal, Arizona, Arizona State, Oregon, North Carolina State and Marquette. “I liked the colleges, they’re nice and a lot of good basketball programs, plus the schools had good academics,” he said and noted that he has visited Arizona, Arizona State and NC State already.
-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.
-1/25/14 2015 guard Dwayne Bacon has left IMG Academy and will transfer to McKeel Academy per his AAU Coach Diana Neal
-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
-2/24/14 Coach Pitino visited with Zimmerman on Monday afternoon in Vegas. After talking with Zimmerman and his family he watched the big man practice. Coach Pitino seems to be focusing on his front-court of the future and has made several big guys a top priority in 2015. Zimmerman seems to be high priority. Zimmerman’s mom tells SNYtv that they could possibly take a visit to Louisville this summer.
-12/8/12 Rick Pitino and assistant Wyking Jones headed to Chicago after the Cardinals’ victory over Louisiana-Lafayette on Saturday to see 2015 recruit Stephen Zimmerman
-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.
-1/11/14 Per @RussHoops Coach Pitino watched C.J. in Orlando tonight while also checking out Antonio Blakeney. C.J. had 21 points and 8 rebounds in front of coach P.
-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.
-1/26/14 Ingram got his official offer from the Cardinals today.
-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.
-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
-2/3/14 Coach Pitino has seen Hester play, and Hester watched Louisville play this season when they were at South Florida. He has offers from U of L, Miami, TCU, Ole Miss, USC and South Florida.
-3/11/14 Congrats to Owen County Carson Williams for making the 8th Region All-Tournament Team.
-1/16/14 Carson scored his 1000th point tonight for Owen County. This kid is just a Sophomore and just beginning.
-12/21/13 Carson plays for the Owen County Rebels in Owenton Ky. In that small rural area you never hear the words “real deal” when it comes to the athletes that play sports there. Don’t get me wrong there are some very good athletes that have played for Owen County over the years but nothing like Carson Williams. This kid first made waves when he was running the floor, making plays, and dunking a basketball as a 8th grader. Folks in that small town started to realize then that he was going to be special.
Being from a small rural town like Owen County and playing for the teams in these small communities aren’t really suitable situations for kids with Carson’s abilities and potential. By being the best player on the team Carson is often forced into being his teams point guard (or primary ball handler) and is forced to take on too many responsibilities instead of just being able to focus and play in his natural position. It is also very hard to get the attention and the recognition deserved. AAU ball has become a way to notoriety for kids like Carson. Carson has worked very hard and his parents have worked very hard to make sure that he gets the exposure and has the opportunity to play big time basketball. Being right in their back yard Louisville has a pretty solid pipeline in the 8th region and there have been several players from that region to play for the Cardinals. The most recent in David Levitch. I’m certain by the time Carson is a Senior he will be on that red radar. Stay tuned.
-Carson Williams (Class of 2016) Summer 2012 Highlights
-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).
-1/24/14 Rick Pitino was watching Miami Norland and Dewan tonight in Pembroke Pines, Fla.
-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.
-2/2/14 Goodin was in Louisville this weekend for the Kings of the Bluegrass showcase at Fairdale High School. Afterwards he took a visit to Louisville to watch the game with UCF.
Here’s a picture of Goodin with Luke Kennard at the Yum Center after the game:
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.