Fuller leaves Louisville for Missouri

Tim Fuller has re-energized Louisville's recruiting efforts since replacing Walter McCarty on Rick Pitino's coaching staff last summer. Now, Louisville's top recruiter is leaving Pitino's bench to join Frank Haith at Missouri.

Tim Fuller has re-energized Louisville's recruiting efforts since replacing Walter McCarty on Rick Pitino's coaching staff last summer.

Now, Fuller, a former player at Wake Forest, is headed to Missouri to work for old friend Frank Haith, who recently was hired to replace Mike Anderson.

"Frank Haith has been like a father to me." said Fuller. "He's been a part of my life since I was a freshman in college and has helped mentor, advise and direct me in every aspect as a person and professionally. I'm so thankful for everything that Coach Pitino has done for me at Louisville. He's helped change my way of thinking and drive me toward perfection. At this time in my life, being with Frank Haith at Missouri is a family decision and it's the best fit for us right now."

The big question for Louisville with Fuller leaving for Missouri: Can the Cardinals hang onto elite 2012 point guard Rodney Purvis? Purvis, one of the nation's top players, committed to Louisville last December largely because of Fuller's connections to Chris Paul, who sponsors Purvis' AAU program.

Fuller is the second Cardinal assistant to depart following the Cardinals' 25-10 season. Steve Masiello, who was an assistant with U of L for six seasons, was named the head coach of Manhattan College on Monday. Masiello is the 25th former Pitino assistant or player to become a collegiate head coach. In addition, current assistant coach Mark Lieberman will move to the Cardinals' Director of Basketball Operations position.

Pitino, according to a University of Louisville press release, will announce his complete staff in the next few weeks.

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