Found July 09, 2014 on College Spun:
Rick Pitino has coached some pretty good guards during his nearly 40-year career in college basketball.  Recently at Louisville, there was Russ Smith, the two-time All-American, and Peyton Siva, the point guard who led the Cardinals to a national championship in 2013. He had a host of talented players at Kentucky, too, the school with which he won it all in 1998.  A player currently on Louisville’s roster is as good as anyone he’s ever coached in at least one aspect of the game, though, Pitino said today.  Pitino…”Chris Jones is as good as guard as I’ve coached.” — Andy Sweeney (@TheOnlySweeney) July 9, 2014 Pitino says Chris Jones is an “unguardable guy” right now after losing weight this summer. — Nick Stover (@ULFlyingCard) July 9, 2014 Rick Pitino: “Chris Jones among best guards I’ve coached from quickness/speed standpoint.” — Mike Hughes (@ITVHughes) July 9, 2014 Pitino: It’s taken a long period of time to get Chris Jones where we want him. We’ve tried to take 10

Louisville's Rick Pitino: I can go for a long time

Rick Pitino's game plan doesn't include retirement any time soon. The 61-year-old Louisville men's basketball coach said Wednesday he "can go for a long time" thanks to the enthusiasm provided by recent Cardinals recruiting classes. Pitino said during a news conference discussing a roster that's preparing to enter the tough Atlantic Coast Conference that...

Four Of Pitino’s Six Incoming Freshmen Have Arrived On Campus

Pete Cautilli | The Cardinal Connect As crazy as it sounds, we’re just a few months away from basketball season getting started. With that, the majority of Rick Pitino’s newcomers for the 2014-15 season have already arrived on campus. Louisville native Quentin Snider was one of the first to arrive on campus and has been with the team since the beginning of June. Big men Anas...

Louisville still waiting on two freshmen to get to campus

Louisville is still waiting on two of their six-man freshman class to make their way onto campus. Jaylen Johnson, a 6-foot-9 forward from Ypsilanti, Mi., has academic issues that he’s working through. According to Rick Pitino, there were “consolidations at his high school”, which means that it is going to take more time for the school to get certain information to Louisville.

Four Star Shooting Guard Lands Scholarship Offer From Rick Pitino

Photo | 247 Sports When referring to the top targets for Rick Pitino and his staff in the 2015 class, Donovan Mitchell isn’t a name you’re familiar with. At this point, I wouldn’t call him a high priority for Louisville, but the 6-foot-3 shooting guard recently picked up a scholarship offer from Rick Pitino, which means there is definitely some interest. “Coach Rick Pitino...

Five Cardinals Added To Prestigious National Award Watch Lists

Pete Cautilli | The Cardinal Connect With the 2014 College Football season right around the corner, the annual award watch lists are starting to be released. On Monday afternoon three Louisville Cardinals found their names among the prestigious lists. On Tuesday morning two more were added to national watch lists. Senior wide receiver DeVante Parker was named to the Maxwell Award...

Four Star Tight End Is High On Louisville. He’ll Visit For The Season Opener

Photo | Scout The wave of recruiting momentum has somewhat slowed down for Bobby Petrino and the Louisville Cardinal football program in the past couple of weeks. However, just because there hasn’t been any recent commitments, that doesn’t mean good things aren’t happening behind the scenes. Will Gragg, a four star tight end from Dumas, Arkansas recently shared his updated...

Recap: Rick Pitino’s Summer Update

Photo | Adam Glanzman Rick Pitino met with the media on Wednesday afternoon to provide a summer update on the program. Below is a recap of what Coach Pitino had to say. As you could expect, he’s eager for the 2014-15 season. Opening statement on Russ Smith Since we haven’t talked in a long time, I’ll realty a conversation I had with Russ Smith after the draft. I obviously...

Recap: USA Today Previews Louisville Football In 2014

Pete Cautilli | The Cardinal Connect A few days ago The Cardinal Connect gave you a brief analysis of the Phil Steele 2014 College Football Preview. Today we take a quick look at the same from USA Today Sports. First things first, the Predicted Order Of Finish. Coming in 3rd in the Atlantic Division they have the Cards finishing 5-3 in conference and 8-4 overall. With the out of...

Louisville’s Rick Pitino Says Florida’s Billy Donovan, Hands Down, Is The Best Coach In College Basketball

Who’s the best coach in college basketball?  According to ESPN, it’s Billy Donovan. For roughly the past month, has been ranking the top 50 coaches in college basketball. Last week, it revealed the top of its ranking, which had Florida’s Donovan at No. 1 and Kentucky’s John Calipari at No. 2.  Rick Pitino agrees with ESPN. The Louisville coach says he would have...

Kenny Johnson Expected To Make Big Impact On The Recruiting Trail This Month

Photo | University of Louisville The first of three five-day July evaluation periods begins Wednesday afternoon at 5 p.m., which means Rick Pitino and his staff, along with every other college coaching staff in the country, won’t be getting much sleep. We’ll be doing our best to keep you updated with all that’s happening on the recruiting scene with UofL over the next few days...

Mangok Mathiang Will Participate In The adidas Unrivaled Event This Week

Pete Cautilli | The Cardinal Connect Louisville head coach Rick Pitino is expected to speak with the media around 11 AM on Wednesday morning. There wasn’t a specific reason given for the presser other than just a summer update on the program. On Tuesday Pitino broke the news to Jeff Greer of the Courier-Journal that sophomore point guard Terry Rozier will be participating in the...
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