That trip, according to Rick Pitino, could determine whether the lean, 6'8 freshman forward plays or redshirts the 2011-12 season. Though Pitino believes Nunez has tremendous upside, the Louisville coach needs to see if he's physically ready to handle the demands of Louisville's tough schedule.
"The only guy right now I would consider redshirting is Angel Nunez because he's physically very weak," Pitino said. "We may not have enough time to add the proper weight or strength for him to compete with this type of schedule."
That Pitino is considering a redshirt for Nunez isn't necessarily a bad sign. In fact, Pitino seems to think the Bronx native has a bright future at small forward in the Big East because of his length and skill-set, if he strengthens his wiry frame.
"When you redshirt someone you feel like they have really good potential," Pitino said. "So you consider redshirting him because once he gets physically stronger he'll be a tough basketball player. He's so similar to Francisco Garcia it's scary."
Like Garcia, the former Louisville star who led the Cardinals to the NCAA Final Four in 2005, and now plays in the NBA, Nunez is a skilled perimeter marksman with deep range on his jump shot. Though 6'4 Kyle Kuric projects as the Cardinals small forward this season, Nunez could provide a new dimension at the position because of his length and wingspan.
"He has very good talent," Pitino said. "He's a very unique player who has a great jump shot. He's just physically weak. But you'd much rather have a guy with a great jump shot who is physically weak than a guy who is strong with a bad jump shot."