Louisville coaches hit the road for second day of judging period


University of Louisville men’s basketball coach Kenny Payne and assistant coach Nolan Smith were back on the road to recruit on Saturday.

And a little surprised, the two coaches stayed in the same places as Friday evening. Payne, who was hired March 18 as head coach of University of L, began the NCAA’s three-day judging period Friday night at the adidas 3SSB event in Fishers, Ind.

Payne was expected to travel to Orlando and the Nike EYBL event on Saturday morning, but opted to stick around for the adidas event where the Cardinals have several top targets, including five-star Elijah Fisher of the class of 2023.

Smith started the weekend at the EYBL event and spent all day Saturday recruiting that same event.

Fisher is a Canadian guard who is a top 20 prospect for the Class of 2023 and played two games for Elite 6 on Saturday and was one of the standouts at the adidas event.

But he’s not the only prospect Payne has watched.

The U of L coach visited Chattanooga, Tennessee, 24-year-old center Somto Cyril with EAB Tennessee, plus Denver Prep prospect stars Assane Diop and Baye Falls, who plays for the Colorado Hawks. He also watched the team Trae young and Jakobe Walter and Cam Barnes, plus Ian Jackson with the Wiz Kids.

Payne saw the Midwest Basketball Club stand out Rayvon Griffith and Baye Ndongo Utah prospects.

Smith was back at the Nike EYBL session at the Walt Disney Wide World of Sports Complex for the second day in a row.

Louisville’s primary focus in the EYBL event is DJ Wagnerwho is the No. 1 player for the Class of 2023. Wagner, the grandson of the former U of L star Milt Wagnerplays for the NJ Scholars team led by former U of L star Pervis Ellison.

DJ Wagnerwho had 27 points in Game 1 on Friday night, scored 11 of 16 from the field and had 28 points in the morning win over Team Thad, then went 8 of 17 for 18 points in a win over BABC in the afternoon.

U of L also shows interest in Wagner’s teammate Aaron Bradshawa 7-foot center from Camden, NJ Bradshaw had 15 points and 10 rebounds in the win over Team Thad, then went for 22 points and nine rebounds in the second victory of the day.

Smith also watched the U of L engagement Kaleb Glenn, who had 14 points in a win for Indy Heat over Brad Beal Elite. Glenn is playing for the first time this weekend with Indy Heat and the team is 1-2 and faces the NJ Scholars on Sunday morning.

Another player Smith watched was GG Jackson, a 10’23 top prospect from Columbia, SC, who plays for the CP3 team. Jackson had 15 points and 15 rebounds in a win over JL3, then 10 points, eight rebounds and four assists in a win over Nightrydas Elite.

Louisville also saw Team Durant’s Kwame Evans and Ashton Hardaway of Drive Nation among many others.

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