There was no better time to be at Freedom Hall than Saturday if you were a Louisville fan as the KDF Classic had all four UofL recruits in action. LSL was there and below are our impressions on the future Cardinals. Here’s an overview of their rankings via 247Sports. (Keep in mind that this was an all-star game, so it’s hard to get a full grasp).
Deng Adel (4-star; 33rd overall; 6th best SF)
Adel is thin and wiry, but oozes with athleticism. He really found his groove in the second half, hitting jump shots and taking the ball to the rim. He uses his frame well and has a fairly quick first step for someone his size. He wasn’t afraid to mix it up the back board either, grabbing 9 rebounds. He finished with 20 points and looks like someone who will make an impact for Coach Pitino next year. He needs to add some more size and strength , but not nearly as bad as Shaqquan Aaron needed to.
Ryan McMahon (3-star; 181 overall; 22nd best PG)
He is the least heralded of the class, but maybe had the most intrigue. He went just 1-6 from the field for 3 points, but he didn’t really look out of place amongst the elite prospects on the court. He handed the ball with confidence and displayed some ability to get in the lane and find the open man. This is a kid who could down the road give this team a boost off the bench. He can shoot it, and has the confidence to play at this level.
Donovan Mitchell (5-star; 31st overall; 7th best SG)
No doubt the crown jewel of Louisville’s Top 5 class, Mitchell is physically ready to play in the ACC and is poised to provide a major impact. He finished with 21 points and 6 steals and won the MVP for the White team. At halftime, Mitchell won the slam dunk championship as well. The Purple team had a hard time staying in front of him and he basically got to the lane whenever he wanted. His athleticism reminds you of T-Will, while possessing the attitude of Peyton Siva. His mid-range game is strong as is his ability to finish at the rim. He, in addition to Trey Lewis and Quentin Snider, will make up a lethal backcourt for the Cards. Mitchell will also go down as one of the biggest fan favorites in UofL history. He took a ton of extra time to sign autographs, gave away a lot of his equipment from the game, and participated in a plethora of media requests. You could tell he was special when he came on our radio show, and this past weekend provided another example.
Ray Spalding (5-star; 22nd overall; 8th best PF)
The hometown kid has a ton of talent, but like UofL’s front court freshmen this past season, he needs to gain weight. He didn’t seem too into the game to be completely honest. While it wasn’t a game of huge importance, the other three UofL recruits played with much more intensity. He simply went through the motions, still, you can easily see why he’s a highly recruited kid. He’s got great length and moves well. This is a player that Coach P can turn into a monster.