Angel Nunez, a 6-foot-8, 190-pound wing from Harlem who attends Fitchburg (Mass.) Notre Dame Prep, has given a verbal commitment to Louisville.
“I just liked the program,” he said by phone. “They had good success for a while now. Coach [Rick] Pitino is a tough coach. He’s going to push me to work hard, push me to the next level. I liked what Francisco [Garcia] did and what Pitino did for Francisco.”
Garcia, a role model and close family friend of Nunez’s, played at Louisville and is now with the Sacramento Kings.
Nunez said he actually committed a week ago, but made it official today after Louisville assistants Steve Masiello and Tim Fuller visited the gym along with coaches from several other schools, including Marquette and West Virginia.
“I was just waiting to see who pushed the hardest and finished off the strongest,” Nunez said. “Whoever wants you the most, that’s where you should go. I felt it was the right place for me.”
Nunez will take his official to Louisville Oct. 15
“With his length he poses some matchup problems at the Big East level,” Notre Dame Prep coach Ryan Hurd said. “His ability to score is going to be a benefit in the Big East.”
In a related development, 6-8 Tyler Harris of St. Benedict’s Prep is no longer considering Louisville and is down to N.C. State, Providence, Iowa and St. John’s.
He has an official this weekend to N.C. State and heads to Providence Oct. 15. Harris already visited Iowa and still has to visit St. John’s.
“We have our top four schools, Iowa, Providence, St. John’s and N.C. State, which we are taking an official to Friday,” Torrel Harris said.
“Louisville is a school that you have to consider because Coach Pitino is a good coach but nothing was going to happen until we sat down with Coach P. By getting a commitment from Angel, who has lots of potential, and with the addition of the players at Tyler’s position, I don’t think we would further consider Louisville.”
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