Louisville is hoping to sign a number of top prospects to a contract extension that will keep the program in its home state for the next five years, and the NCAA has offered the opportunity to do just that.
Louisville athletics director Joe Castiglione has indicated he will look to recruit some of the top recruits in the country if the school wants to remain in the top tier of the Big East.
The school has been in a bidding war for a couple of years, with the Louisville Cardinals and Cincinnati Bearcats both having expressed interest in signing several top players.
Castiglione met with Louisville’s basketball coach Mike Brey and athletic director Rob Hennigan during the recruiting process and said that he had a good feeling about the prospects Louisville has in front of them.
“We have a really good team,” Castiglio said, via CBSSports.com.
“We had a really great recruiting class last year, and we have the potential to win this year.
We have a good nucleus and we will continue to grow.”
Castiglio added that the school has a good relationship with the NBA’s Phoenix Suns, which could help in landing some of those top players that will be joining the Cardinals’ roster in 2019.
The school’s most notable name, though, will be the top offensive prospect in the state of Kentucky.
The Cardinals have signed guard-forward Alex Poythress and guard-center T.J. Warren to contracts that will expire next season.
Poystress, who was a key member of Louisville’s national championship team last season, is coming off a career-high season in which he averaged 17.4 points, 8.5 rebounds and 3.4 assists per game.
Warren averaged 13.4 and 7.2 rebounds per game in 2016-17, but also suffered a season-ending injury against Oklahoma that kept him out of the rest of the season.
The 6-foot-10 guard averaged 9.3 points, 3.6 rebounds and 2.5 assists per contest last season.
The Cardinals will be looking to add some offensive firepower to their bench in the coming years as the team tries to make the NCAA Tournament.
The university will also have to decide whether or not to extend the contract of guard-guard Tyus Jones.
The 5-foot 7 forward averaged 11.5 points and 6.6 assists per-game in 2016, but his contract expired after the season and the Cardinals are now looking to make an addition to the team that will likely bring in a number players from the Big 12 Conference.