Tuesday, July 12, 2016
Loretta Kakala impressive in Nashville -- TUESDAY CARDINAL COUPLE
6'3" POST SHINES IN NIKE EYBL
Another one to (literally) look up to for Jeff Walz's Louisville women's basketball. 2017 prospect Loretta Kakala was in Nashville over the weekend playing in the Nike EYBL events. The word is she dominated in Music City with Jeff Walz on hand to see her play.
She was the first to commit for the 2017 class and there's a lot to like about the Manteca, CA rising senior.
Ranked 21st. overall by Prospects Nation and 26th. by ESPN...she averaged 16 points and 8.5 rebounds as a junior...despite a couple of injuries during the season. She's also the #2 ranked post in the class of 2017. She'll sign in November.
What kind of game will she bring to Louisville? The first thing you notice is how soft her shot/touch is in the paint. She's an aggressive rebounder that dominates inside on both ends of the court and can initiate the fast break...running the court with speed.
Louisville edged out a slew of west coast schools for her services...Arizona State, UCLA, Washington, Utah, California and San Diego State, just to name a few.
Walz adds another impressive and tall front-court producer to a line up that has more height than any other previous teams under his tutelage at Louisville.
She's also the first Loretta to ever play basketball for Louisville...for you trivia buffs.
A couple of years ago, one of the most common comments we were getting from our readers was that Walz needed to recruit more height.
How do you like him now...with six players 6'2" or taller on campus and more on the way?
No fear of heights, indeed, within the Louisville women's basketball brain-trust. The Cards are 'moving on up'...in terms of the tape measure and the view is just fine up there in that rarefied air.