After the Perry Dozier miss, Coach Pitino is on the trail to land another guard to add to his Top 5 recruiting haul. According to The Courier-Journal’s Steve Jones, a potential prospect for Pitino is 4-star Traci Carter. The 6’1 guard is from Philadelphia and is coached by former Louisville great Pervis Ellison. Ranked 92nd nationnaly by Scout.com, Carter has flown mainly under the radar because he had to sit out this summer’s AAU circuit due to surgery to repair a torn meniscus.
The 6-foot-1 Carter, who’s coached by former U of L All-American Pervis Ellison at Life Center Academy in New Jersey, has been a bit of an under-the-radar prospect after missing the important April and July evaluation periods with a knee injury but is as good as any point guard in the class, his mentor said.
Donnie Carr, a former La Salle University player who has served as a father figure to Carter, spoke with U of L assistant Kenny Johnson over the weekend, and Johnson and Pitino were coming to watch Carter’s practice.
“(Johnson) told me pretty much that they need a point guard,” Carr said. “They’ve heard a lot of great things about Traci … and they are looking forward to getting to know Traci and starting the process.”
It was U of L’s first time inquiring about Carter, and the Cards have not offered a scholarship, but Carter has been thinking about Louisville for a while. Carter has followed U of L for years, is a fan of Pitino and was hoping to be recruited by the coach.
“Louisville was like a dream school for Traci,” Carr said. “I think he would be honored to get an offer from a prestigious program like Louisville. It would just confirm that hard work really does pay off and dreams do come true.”