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2 5-star recruits decommit from Louisville

Matthew Schmidt



NORWALK, CA - JUNE 04: Anfernee Simons from Edgewater HS (Orlando, FL) in action during the Pangos All-American Camp on June 4, 2017 at Cerritos College in Norwalk, CA. (Photo by Brian Rothmuller/Icon Sportswire)
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5-star recruits Anfernee Simons and Courtney Ramey have decommitted from the University of Louisville in the wake of Louisville’s alleged involvement in a corruption scandal that has rocked the NCAA. Simons made his announcement on his Twitter page, while Ramey’s news was reported by Evan Daniels of Scout.com.

Here is Simons’ statement:

Simons is ranked as the No. 8 overall player in the class of 2018. He committed to Louisville way back in November of last year because the coaching staff made him feel like a priority “from day one.”

The 6-foot-3 combo guard also received offers from Florida, Memphis, Oklahoma State, Texas A&M, LSU and Virginia Tech.

Ramey, another guard, who is ranked as the 26th-best prospect in the class of 2018, committed to the Cardinals back in February.

“We are going to reopen it,” Ramey’s father, Terrell Ramey, said of his son’s recruitment. “We aren’t excited about it, but it’s something we have to do. It’s a grinding process and I want my son to enjoy his senior season with out the pressure. We were all set to go to Louisville and play for coach P and play in the ACC. We thought it was a perfect fit, but due to the circumstances we are going to open it.”

As a result of the damning allegations from the FBI probe, Louisville head coach Rick Pitino and athletic director Tom Jurich were placed on administrative leave on Wednesday.

The FBI investigation revealed a “pay-for-play” scheme in which an Adidas representative conspired to pay a top recruit $100,000 to play college basketball at Louisville and then sign with Adidas when he turned pro.

Matthew Schmidt is a life-long sports fan who was born and raised in New Jersey, which makes the fact that he is a Celtics and Marlins fan kind of peculiar. Don't worry; he likes the Giants in football, so his New Jersey roots have not been completely tarnished. You can also find his work at Bleacher Report and Baseline Banter.