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Louisville is keeping a close eye on 4-star center Chris Cenac at the NBPA Top 100 camp

By meerna Jun12,2024

ORLANDO, Fla. – University of Louisville basketball coach Pat Kelsey has offered a four-star center Chris Cenac shortly after he came to work in late April.

U of L assistant coach Ronnie Hamilton had ties to the 6-foot-10, 225-pound Cenac, who hails from New Orleans.

Hamilton came to Louisville from LSU, where he was recruiting Cenac.

On Tuesday morning, Kelsey really liked what he saw from Cenac when he saw him in person for the first time. Playing in front of a college coach at the NBA Players Association’s Top 100 camp at the Wide World of Sports Complex, Cenac scored 24 points and 14 rebounds.

Kelsey sat on the court and watched him score at all levels as Cenac shot 8 of 15 from the field, including 1 of 3 on three-pointers. He added 24 points and nine rebounds later in the game and is averaging 20 points per game for camp.

Cenac, one of this spring’s biggest upgrades in the 2025 class, is currently up to two dozen scholarship offers. He holds offers from Alabama, Auburn, Baylor, California, Creighton, Houston, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, LSU, Memphis, Mississippi State, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Ole Miss, Rutgers, SMU, Syracuse, Tennessee, Texas and Texas A&M, among others other.

“I’m talking to every school in the country right now,” Cenac told Cardinal Authority. “I’m just letting it all sink in and I’ll lose the weight by the end of the summer.”

Louisville is one of the schools Cenac is hearing a lot about these days. Hamilton has had contact with Cenac and his family since his time at LSU, and both parties want to arrange an official visit. Cenac said he may make a few visits during the summer.

Many of these schools participate in the Cenac at the Top 100 Camp viewing program.

Cenac said he likes to show off his versatility to college coaches, noting that he thinks he can do “a lot of things.”

“I just try to show my versatility all the time,” he said. “I’m going to show that I can defend the one-to-five, put the ball on the board, shoot the three, take a guy off the dribble, put him to the basket, just that I can do anything. They like how I can turn off the pick and throws, how I can shoot the three.

“Like I said, the only thing that matters is my versatility and the fact that I can do anything.”

Here’s what 247Sports national analyst Brandon Jenkins wrote in April:

“In the modern era of basketball, Chris Cenac has the essential tools to succeed at the highest levels. There is a lot that he brings to the table at 6’1″ as he has the ability to handle the dribble and play on the perimeter while also being a reliable pass-maker in midfield. Offensively, he brings value both inside and out, but he really specialized in defense this weekend. He has a natural instinct as a rim protector and that’s how alert he is when patrolling the paint.”

Cenac plays for Isidore Newman High School in New Orleans and for the YGC36 AAU team, which plays on the Puma Pro16 circuit.

Cenac is currently ranked No. 47 in the 2025 class by 247Sports.

By meerna

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