Uncommitted four-star prospect Justin Coleman of Huntington (W.Va.) Prep is working feverishly to make up ground academically to qualify, but that hasn't kept a number of top high-major programs from pursuing him. One Big East school in particular is making a strong push to land the 6-foot-4, 215-pound small forward.
Coleman recently took a trip to Louisville and came away impressed.
"The visit went well," Huntington coach Rob Fulford said. "The things Louisville is doing with their facilities are impressive. Justin had a chance to speak with Coach [Rick] Pitino a couple times. He showed him what they are doing with the facilities and broke down how Justin would be utilized. He came away impressed."
Pitino will return the favor on Friday when he will hit the road and watch Coleman in action against national power Findlay Prep.
Despite the questionable prospects of Coleman academically qualifying, Louisville isn't the only school that has offered Coleman. Arkansas and Marquette have also offered, and Kentucky, South Florida and West Virginia are showing interest, Fulford said.
Averaging 18 points, 6.5 rebounds and four assists per game, Coleman is primarily known for his explosive athleticism.
"Justin is a freak athlete," Fulford said. "It just comes down to him learning to play hard for 32 minutes. If his desire to play matches his athletic ability, he has just so much potential. If he plays hard, he is an All-American caliber player."
Scheduled to take the SAT on Jan. 23, Coleman will then be set to take some official visits. His academic status won't be settled until after attending summer school, and he is in no rush to decide on a school.