Mohamed Tangara likes Pitino
Linzy Davis, Mohamed Tangara'a legal guardian and the Head Coach of Team Georgia Elite, spoke with ITV Tuesday morning about Coach Pitino's visit last weekend to Durham to see the 6'9, 230 center.
Tangara, rated by most recruiting analysts as one of the top players in the class of 2004, is an impressive physical specimen and a world class athlete.
Tangara, who attends Mt. Zion Christian Academy in Durham, NC, works extremely hard on his game and is focused on getting to the NBA, according to Davis.
"Mohamed feels Coach Pitino is one of those coaches that can get him there [NBA]," Davis told ITV. "He's focusing hard on improving this summer."
When asked how long Louisville had been involved with Tangara, Davis indicated that UofL Assistant Coach Vince Taylor has always been involved in his recruitment.
Sunday night on Clark Francis' HoopScoopOnline radio show, Davis said that Pitino's personal visit and the impact of that gesture had vaulted the Cards to "the #1 position," in the race to land the talented Tangara, ahead of Arizona, Memphis and Michigan.
Asked Tuesday morning how solid that position was for Louisville, Davis said "Louisville is always going to be there with Pitino."
Davis indicated that Tangara probably wouldn't take any official visits this spring but didn't seem to rule out making some unofficial ones.
Davis made clear the process of Tangara's recruitment was just beginning and that Mohamed wanted to make an informed decision about his college choice.
"He wants to see the campus.. watch the individual workouts with the players, break down some game films and see the style of offense before making a decision," Davis said.
It's clear Tangara expects to have a big impact with whichever school he signs.
"Mohamed wants to come in and play right away and help take a team to the Final Four," Davis said.
Team Georgia Elite and Tangara will hit the AAU circuit hard this summer. This weekend they will play in the Georgia state AAU Tournament and then travel to Texas next weekend for the Kingwood Houston Classic. TGE will play in Bob Gibbon's Tournament of Champions in Chapel Hill during the month of May. They will end up in Orlando for the Super Showcase and the AAU Nationals.
Tangara will participate in the NIKE All American camp in Indianapolis in July.