One of the top prospects in the state of North Carolina will head to Louisville. On Wednesday, the Cardinals landed a commitment from 4-star point guard Bobby Pettiford.
Pettiford, who hails from Creedmoor, averaged 22 points (32 3P%), seven assists and six rebounds a game at South Granville this season. 247 Sports ranks the 6-foot-1 Pettiford as the No. 92 overall prospect and as the No. 13 point guard in the 2021 class.
L’s UP!! LOUISVILLE WASSGOOD 🐔!! Ready to work 🏀 pic.twitter.com/HKwhGHFOhm
— Bobby Pettiford Jr (@BobbyPettiford) June 10, 2020
Louisville now has two commits in its 2021 recruiting class: Pettiford and Bryce Hopkins, a 4-star power forward. Pettiford picked Louisville over offers from Virginia Tech, Ole Miss, Providence, East Carolina, North Carolina A&T and High Point. Assistant coach Dino Gaudio, who has some roots in the state of North Carolina, led Louisville’s recruitment.
Pettiford explained to Evan Daniels of 247 Sports that he was unable to visit Louisville’s campus during the COVID-19 pandemic; however, he’s still developed a bond with Chris Mack. (Even before the pandemic, it’s been impressive to see Mack push Louisville’s recruiting efforts forward.)
According to Pettiford, former NC State signee (turned NBA prospect) Josh Hall is a friend of his. Hall, who took an official visit to Louisville before committing to NC State last fall, spoke highly of Louisville’s campus and facilities.
Louisville’s recruiting class now ranks No. 6 overall in the @247Sports Team Rankings. They are looking at a potential five-man class and hope to add another playmaking guard.
— Evan Daniels (@EvanDaniels) June 10, 2020
As a North Carolina native, Pettiford said the opportunity to play ball in the ACC was significant. He’s also clearly interested in the prospect of early playing time. Transfer guard Carlik Jones is in his final season of eligibility, while sophomore point guard David Johnson is on an NBA track. Assuming Johnson heads to the 2021 NBA Draft, Louisville will have plenty of playing time to offer up in its backcourt.