The leading contender for perhaps both Mr. Football and Mr. Basketball honors
in Kentucky next season is keeping his recruitment under wraps, but a member of
the staff at Louisville Male High School gave us some insight to the main
schools in the hunt for
Michael Bush's services.
"He's heard from just about everybody," the Bulldog assistant said. "You name
them, they've offered. He's the best athlete to come through here, and that's
"He definitely wants to play both football and basketball (in college).
Oklahoma, Louisville and Kentucky have all made the offer to do that."
Trying to project a position for Bush (6-4, 225, 4.45) may be a tougher
challenge. He's been offered as a defensive back by Oklahoma, a wide receiver or
defensive back by Louisville and Kentucky is reportedly offering as a
quarterback and multi-purpose athlete.
Bush garnered all-state votes at five different offensive positions as a
junior at Male and was named defensive player of the year by at least one
publication. His primary role in 2001 was at wideout where he filled the shoes
of Tennessee signee Montrell Jones quite well by catching 64 passes for 1,090
yards and 17 touchdowns. He also rushed for 401 yards and 10 touchdowns while
splitting time at quarterback and running back. He passed for 534 yards and
three scores, capping one of the most impressive statistical seasons in state
In basketball, he averaged 19 points and eight rebounds and five assists.
He's expected to be one of the top prospects on the summer camp scene this
"I think he really wants to play for (Louisville coach) Rick Pitino," said
the Male assistant, who asked to remain anonymous. "Michael's keeping things
pretty quiet. He doesn't want to take a lot of calls and do interviews (on his
recruitment). He just wants to go through the process and make his decision
without all the pressure."