Stephan Van Treese

Stephan Van Treese

Van Treese, a 6-9 post player, has been a two-year starter for the Wildcats.

He averaged 12 points and a team-high 11 rebounds as a junior.

“I’ve always like Louisville, the school and the coaching staff, obviously, with coach (Rick) Pitino,” Van Treese said this afternoon.

Van Treese had made several unofficial visits to various schools, including to Indiana University’s Midnight Madness.

He said he was considering “Notre Dame, Michigan State, IU, UCLA and Kansas the hardest toward the end.”

Van Treese said Pitino sold him on how he would fit into the Louisville system.

“I think it’s a good fit,” Lawrence North coach Jack Keefer said. “Stephan is an outstanding athlete to be 6-9. He can run the floor probably better than anybody we’ve ever had.

“He’s a quick jumper, very athletic, and he plays very hard. Anywhere Pitino has been, his players play hard. That’s something he puts on his players, whether it’s the little guys or the big guys.”

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