It appears Louisville basketball recruiting is heating up as two elite 2013 prospects, point guard Anthony “Cat” Barber (left) and power forward/center Marcus Lee, will be visiting Louisville this weekend, according to InsideTheVille.com. The Cards will also be hosting JUCO stud PG Chris Jones the following week and conduct an in-home visit with elite small forward Troy Williams on September 13, according to Adam Zagoria of Zag’s Blog.
The duo of Barber and Lee will no doubt be attending the football game against Missouri State at 3:30. It is supposed to be a high of 73 that day with a chance of a few thunderstorms, but if the storms hold off, it sounds like perfect football weather, i.e., if you do not have prior obligations, there is no excuse for not having a packed house. These guys want to see the fanbase in action, and the fanbase needs to show these young men what to expect when they come to Louisville: a loyal, hyped up group of fans getting behind their team. Show the guys some love if you see them, but try not to creep them out (looking at you, drunk older fans).
Barber and Williams, as most of us already know, are a potential package deal, and if Barber likes what he sees, there is no reason to see why he would not relay his experience to Williams. Both are immediate impact players the Cards would be lucky to land. Kansas and Alabama are the toughest competition at this point, and are arguably leading the Cards in the recruitment, so this weekend’s visit the staff needs to roll out the red carpet (no pun intended) and really sell the program.
This especially applies to Marcus Lee, as well, who will be an even tougher sell for the Cards. He is one of the fastest risers in 2013 class, ranked as high as 8th overall (by 247sports.com) and a consensus top 40 prospect. His recruitment seems to be pretty open, but the Cards will have some major obstacles to overcome to land his services. First, geography is not exactly in the Cards’ favor as his hometown is Antioch, California. U of L is also pretty deep in the big man category, especially now that Mangok Mathiang is officially on the roster, so playing time will not be guaranteed. Lee is also attending UK’s midnight madness and possibly IU’s Hoosier Hysteria (he is definitely visiting IU Oct. 20th, no word on whether the event will be held that day, though), too, which are always tough to compete with, recruiting-wise.
Now that it’s the time between the end of AAU ball and the beginning of the high school season, recruiting will likely pick up with many of the nation’s elite high school players. The Cards need to land a major recruiting class for 2013 after losing Peyton Siva, (and potentially players like Chane Behanan, Wayne Blackshear, and Gorgui Dieng) and the staff is off to a great start by establishing visits with Barber, Lee, Jones and Williams.