LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – It’s fair to expect a few new names on the University of Louisville basketball recruiting front during the next few weeks.
U of L coach Kenny Payne and his entire staff are evaluating prospects at the NBA Players Association Top 100 Camp this week and will be on the road for both NCAA-sanctioned evaluation periods during the month of July.
And one new name has already emerged.
Fountain Valley, Calif., High School wing Carter Bryant confirmed that U of L assistant coach Nolan Smith saw him at the Section 7 event two weeks ago and that the Cardinals have jumped into his recruitment. He’s participating at the NBPA Camp and has been watched by U of L coaches several times.
“They have recently shown a lot of interest,” Bryant told Cardinal Authority. “They saw me recently at the Section 7 event and I have been talking to them daily and building a relationship. Mostly with coach Nolan Smith, but just trying to build the relationship. That’s it right now.”
Bryant said U of L, Duke, and Oregon were schools that he wants to visit soon, noting he will take a trip to Kentucky.
Louisville has not extended an offer yet to Bryant, who already claims 12 scholarship offers. He has offers from Arizona, California, UCLA, Missouri, Illinois, USC, Xavier, LSU, Long Beach State, Florida, UNLV, and San Diego State.
247Sports national analyst Eric Bossi on Bryant calls him: “A big wing with good athleticism, Bryant is comfortable posting up, rebounds well and he has a pretty jump shot, especially when he catches on the move and shoots in rhythm.”
Bryant is ranked as the No. 24 player in the ’24 class by 247Sports.
He told 247Sports earlier this month that he is enjoying the process right now and is looking to have a big month of July when coaches can continue to evaluate him.
“I’ve always been taught that you keep working whether you hear from coaches or not you just keep pushing,” Bryant said. “It is exciting to get calls from coaches and I’m starting to see my work pay off.”
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