June 18, 2007

Cards get visit from rising Nevada star

The University of Louisville basketball program has connections in Nevada, and those connections may be paying off in the future. Rick Pitino's program recently got an unofficial visit from a rising athlete in the 2008 class named Olek Czyz.

Czyz (prounounced similar to chuzz), took the trip to Louisville a couple of weeks ago immediately after also visiting Kentucky. The 6-foot-7 forward said he had an enjoyable trip, as he got to play with some of the guys on the current team and reunite with David Padgett, the Cardinals' senior captain who attended Reno H.S., the same one Czyz currently attends.

Padgett's father used to coach at Reno and is still involved in the athletic department there, according to Czyz.

Czyz, who is rated as a three-star prospect but is beginning to make a name for himself, said Pitino offered him a scholarship while on the trip. "He just likes the way I play, and he said he would like to have me on the team," the player told Cardinalsports.com.

"It's a really nice school and I'm sure interested in that," he added. "They have a great coach and great facilities; it's really nice." Czyz went on to say that Padgett had a lot of nice things to say about Louisville an how things have turned for him as a Cardinal.

Czyz moved to the United States from Poland, where he said he has been playing basketball since he was nine years old. "I'm about 6-7, 6-8. I play really hard,' he said when asked to describe his game. "I compete every minute out there and I'm an aggresive player. The scouts say that I have a 40-inch vertical and I dunk a lot. I can shoot it from the three-point line but I'm not the type of guy who can do a dribble and pull up. I'm working on that, but I can knock down the three. I like to penetrate a lot. That's my game."

With offers from Kentucky, Louisville, Washington State, Arizona State, Colorado State, Pepperdine, and Nevada, Czyz was very clear when he said he doesn't have any favorites right now. "I'll make (a decision) after the summer," he said. "How it's going to look is after the Kansas tournament, I'll have a few days to decide what my top five is going to be. After that I'm going to Poland for the rest of the
summer. When I come back I'll try to take all of my official visits. Then I want to commit sometime after that. I'll take my time."

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