U of L target leading Under Armour in scoring

U of L target leading Under Armour in scoring


U of L target leading Under Armour in scoring


INDIANAPOLIS – LJ Figueroa admitted Saturday night that he’s a little frustrated with his AAU team’s four-game losing streak on the Under Armour Association’s circuit, but it’s hard to deny that he is thriving as an individual player.

Figueroa, a 6-foot-5 guard who grew up in Massachusetts but is now living in Tampa, is the UAA’s scoring leader through seven games this spring, averaging 21.7 points per game. That’s all thanks in large part to the second game of this month’s events – Figueroa had 41 points from 17-of-25 shooting and four 3-pointers.

“Personally, it’s going good – scoring still, playing defense,” said Figueroa, who has a scholarship offer from Louisville.

Figueroa said his main goal during the next few months of AAU is increasing his stock. He is currently ranked anywhere from 52nd to 67th on the national recruiting sites, and he holds offers from Florida, Miami, UCF and USF, in addition to Louisville and a few other schools.

USF had an assistant coach at Figueroa’s entire game late Saturday night here in Indianapolis. He also mentioned that Maryland has expressed interest in him.

Louisville assistant Mike Balado is the primary recruiter following Figueroa, who has had head coach Rick Pitino in to evaluate him on multiple occasions over the past year.

While Figueroa said right now he is “indecisive,” just talking to coaches and learning more about their programs, he hopes to have a “good idea of where I want to be” by the end of the summer.

He said he’ll likely want to set up a visit to see Louisville at some point, and that he’d like to take the five official visits available to him.

LJ Figueroa’s recruiting rankings:

247: 67th overall, 11th SG

ESPN: 35th SG

Rivals: 67th overall

Scout: 52nd overall, 10th SG

LJ Figueroa at the Under Armour Association's AAU session in New York.

LJ Figueroa at the Under Armour Association’s AAU session in New York.


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