Louisville Loses Two Key 2018 Commitments

Anfernee Simons Louisville Photo | Kelly Kline/Under Armour

After placing head coach Rick Pitino and athletic director Tom Jurich on administrative leave amid a federal bribery investigation, the Louisville Cardinals lost two key 2018 commitments on Wednesday.

Anfernee Simons, the 6-foot-3 combo guard from IMG (FL) Academy, announced his decommitment from Louisville on Wednesday via Twitter. Less than 30 minutes after Simons’ decommitment, Courtney Ramey, the 6-foot-3 point guard from Webster Groves (MO) High School, also decommitted per Eric Bossi of Rivals.

“Due to the recent events that have taken place, my family and I have decided it’s in my best interest to de-commit from the University of Louisville,” said Simons in a statement released via Twitter. “I will be reopening my recruitment. This was a very tough decision to make and I am deeply saddened by this. I appreciate all of the support from the Louisville fans.”

According to 247Sports, Simons is ranked as the No. 12 overall player from the Class of 2018 and the No. 1 ranked combo guard. Ramey is ranked as the No. 37 overall player in the Class of 2018 and the No. 1 player from the state of Missouri.

Before committing to Louisville, Simons held offers from schools such as Florida, LSU, Memphis, Oklahoma State, Texas A&M, UCF, USF, and Virginia Tech, among others. Ramey chose Louisville over Arkansas, Florida, Marquette, Kansas State, Illinois, Texas, Creighton, Northwestern, USC, Missouri, Iowa State and Ohio State.

Ramey and Simons’ de-commitments leave Louisville without any commits in the Class of 2018. Playing with Team Breakdown this summer on the UAA Association Circuit, Simons was named to the 17U All UAA First Team.

Louisville wasn’t the only school to lose key 2018 commits, as Auburn lost a commitment from 2018 power forward EJ Montgomery on Wednesday.

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