Nunez on board; Pitino plans foreign trip

Rick Pitino announced the signing of forward Angel Nunez Thursday. Pitino likened Nunez, the fourth member of a recruiting class ranked among the Top 5 nationally, to former standout Francisco Garcia. With a talented freshman class coming in, Pitino also announced plans for a preseason trip next season.

Rick Pitino announced the signing of Angel Nunez Thursday night after Louisville's 94-56 exhibition win over Kentucky Wesleyan, and compared the 6-foot-8 small forward to former star Francisco Garcia.

"I think he has the attributes that I witnessed in Francisco Garcia," Pitino said. "He is long, he is taller than Francisco, about two inches taller. He is going to need a strength program, but he has very good basketball skills."

While Nunez isn't ranked in the Scout.com Top 100, Pitino is excited about his potential. A skilled forward, Pitino expects Nunez to provide versatility on the perimeter.

"He is a very good passer, he is very long," Pitino said. "He is a very good shooter, he has that high arching shot like Francisco did. He is somebody that I think has loads of potential. But like Gorgui (Dieng) and like Francisco he has to get stronger physically."

Nunez, who plays for Fitchburg (Mass.) Notre Dame, made five three-pointers Saturday in a win over Lee Academy, which features several Division 1 players.

Nunez is the forth prospect to sign a national letter of intent to play at Louisville next season, joining guard Wayne Blackshear, forward Chane Behanan and center Zach Price.

"I think it is a terrific group," Pitino said. "I think they are all very good basketball players and that is what I like about them. Sometimes you get athletes, and these guys are good athletes, but they are very good basketball players. They can all pass, catch, and shoot."

With so many new players coming in next season, Pitino also announced that he plans to take the team abroad before next season to gain experience for his talented freshmen.

"We are going to take a foreign trip with the new rule," said Pitino. "These guys can get ten days of practice and then go on a foreign trip, and I believe we are going to go to Australia, which will be really exciting. We may spend a day or two in New Zealand and then Australia. It will be a tremendous trip for our guys."


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