Out of the major contributors, only Quentin Snider and Mangok Mathiang will bring back any kind of experience. Coach Pitino has a Top 5 class coming in, but he has his sights on a couple of other instant impact prospects. The C-J’s Jeff Greer and Steve Jones detailed the guys UofL is wanting to bring in. Cleveland State’s Trey Lewis visited campus on Wednesday and Louisville appears to be a finalist.
Lewis visited Louisville’s campus on Wednesday and met with coach Rick Pitino. The 6-foot-2 guard who made a Cleveland State-record 96 3-pointers this season returned home to the Cleveland area on Thursday with a lot to consider, his high school coach Sonny Johnson said.
“He loved Louisville. What’s not to like about Louisville and Rick Pitino?” Johnson said “It’s been a heck of a process — it just started — and he’ll talk to his family. With one year to go, he’s got to make the right decision.”
Maverick Rowan, a 6’7, 200 lb. swingman is UofL’s top priority of the 2016 class – until he decided to look into re-classifying to the 2015 class. If that happens, Rowan appears to UofL-bound.
“If we can make it happen, that’s definitely an option,” Ron Rowan said. “… He’s ready (for college).”
U of L coach Rick Pitino visited Rowan and his mother Tuesday in Fort Lauderdale. Ron Rowan was away in Pennsylvania but was told it went well and the option of reclassifying was discussed. The family has been looking into the possibility of reclassifying since the end of Maverick’s junior season a month ago.
Pitino has said adding shooters to next year’s roster will be key for the Cardinals to remain at a high contending level, so the chance to bring in a sharpshooter like the 6-foot-7 Rowan, who averaged 28.2 points for state champion Cardinal Gibbons High (32-1), would be huge news.
Asked if Louisville would be a strong option for his son if he moves to 2015, Ron Rowan said, “Yes, that’s safe to say.”