Originally written on Louisville Card Game  |  Last updated 10/27/14

LOUISVILLE, KY - NOVEMBER 11: Rick Pitino the Head Coach of the Louisville Cardinals gives instructions to his team during the exhibition game against the Kentucky Wesleyan Panthers at the KFC Yum! Center on November 11, 2010 in Louisville, Kentucky. Louisville won 96-54. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
According to every sports-related Internet site from¬†Louisville to Indianapolis and other major basketball capitals, Kenny Johnson is on the verge of becoming an assistant coach on Coach Rick Pitino‚Äôs staff at the University of Louisville, replacing Kevin Keatts, now at North Carolina Wilmington. The recruiting groupies are beside themselves, expecting his arrival to portend great things, ¬†a boost in the number star-studded players committing UofL in the immediate future. They‚Äôre raving about his recruiting abilities, an AAU background that includes NIKE connection, and his close ties with numerous recruits in the talent-rich Washington, D.C. and the Baltimore areas. Plus his success at Indiana University since 2012. Coming to an Adidas school to ply his trade. The indianapolis Star¬†said Monday that Johnson was ¬†‚Äúconsidered one of the Big Ten‚Äôs ‚Äď if not the country‚Äôs ‚Äď best recruiters, Johnson has been instrumental in helping IU secure players like Troy Williams, Noah Vonleh, Stanford Robinson and Robert Johnson.‚ÄĚ The newspaper also reported that IU was ‚Äúready to work to keep him.‚ÄĚ ¬†Louisville apparently won out over Indiana and Maryland, which also wanted Johnson. The deciding factor may have been Rick Pitino‚Äôs long history of transforming good assistants into head coaches. Enjoy Johnson and his recruiting success for a couple of years or until he gets his own program. Here‚Äôs a video of Johnson shortly after he joined the Indiana staff in 2012:

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