After the Cards missed out on 5-star South Carolina point guard PJ Dozier yesterday, it looks like Rick Pitino and his staff are finished for the 2015 class. Though, there’s probably a pretty good chance that the program could add a late signee in the spring or bring in a transfer, etc. Yesterday marked the opening of the fall signing period and Louisville ended up receiving two if its three letters-of-intent. Deng Adel, a 6-7 small forward from Bradenton, Florida and Ray Spalding, a 6-9 power forward from Louisville both officially signed with the school on Thursday. Louisville’s other commit, Donovan Mitchell, a 6-3 combo guard from New York, will reportedly send in his letter-of-intent on Saturday.
Even without Dozier in the mix, Louisville’s 2015 recruiting haul is still ranked as the best in the ACC and third nationally, behind only Arizona and Texas A&M. Despite some perception, Pitino still has the program recruiting at an incredibly high level and, although they definitely need some future backcourt depth, you have to think that a couple of the big time guards in the class of 2016 could be lured to the Ville by the promise of immediate playing time. Plus, as mentioned, if you go by what’s happened the last several years (Luke Hancock, Chris Smith, Mangok Mathiang, Montrezl Harrell, Onas Osama-Mahmoud, Matz Stockman, etc) there’s a solid chance that the Cards could add another member of this 2015 class before it’s all said and done.
Congrats to Deng Adel, Ray Spalding and Donovan Mitchell – the newest members of the Louisville hoops program.