UofL Men's and Women's Basketball lock down sought after recruits in first day of early signing period

11/11/2015 06:41 PM

High school athletes across the country were signing letters of intent on Wednesday as part of the early signing period, a chance to finalize their commitments to specific athletic programs before the spring signing period in April.

The University of Louisville Basketball programs received exactly what they wanted from the early signing period. Five-star small forward V.J. King tweeted on Wednesday night that he has signed his LOI to play for the Cards.

The Men’s team did solidify 3-star Ohio shooting guard Frankie Hughes. Hughes announced his verbal commitment to the Cards quickly after Louisville began recruiting him.

The Women’s team locked down a top-5 recruiting class after signing three 5-star players, one 4-star, and one 3-star. This is the second straight year the Cards have brought in one of the most decorated recruiting classes in the country.

The 2016 class consists of Ciera Johnson, a 5-star 6’4 center from Duncanville, TX; Kyle Shook, a 5-star 6’4 center from Colorado Springs, CO.; Sydney Zambrotta, a 5-star 5’9 guard from North Babylon, N.Y.; Jazmine Jones, a 4-star 5’10 guard from Tallahassee, Fla.; and 3-star 6’3 forward from Philadelphia, Pa. Bionca Dunham.

Since 2010, head coach Jeff Walz and his staffs have built five top-10 classes. The Cardinals welcomed the No. 1 class last year, the No. 5 class in 2010, and the eighth-best group in 2014.

Garrett Moore

Garrett is a Sports Producer for Spectrum News. He is a graduate of Middle Tennessee State and got his start as a sports photographer. He now produces Sports Night, the state’s only nightly show dedicated to in-depth coverage of all sports in Kentucky. Sports Night airs weeknights at 6:30 and 10:30 on Spectrum News or anytime with Spectrum On Demand. Outside the station, Garrett enjoys golfing, hiking, fishing, and prides himself on being all-in as a sports spectator. He won a gift card for playing an air guitar in the student section during an MTSU basketball game. Follow Garrett on Twitter @SportsNightGM for real-time sports updates or if you just want to see the shenanigans that go on behind the scenes in getting Sports Night on the air.

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