Sparks set to make decision
"It went really well, it was a very good visit," Mr. Sparks told ITV after returning from Louisville Tuesday night. "We were very impressed with Coach Pitino."
Sparks toured the UofL basketball facilities, visited the new basketball dorm, Minardi Hall, and spent time privately with Coach Pitino discussing his possible role in the Cardinal basketball program.
Mr. Sparks indicated that several current UofL players accompanied Patrick on his tour, including Taquan Dean, Francisco Garcia, Ellis Myles and Larry O'Bannon. Sparks and O'Bannon played on the Kentucky All Stars two years ago.
Sparks also met with UofL assistants Kevin Willard and Vince Taylor and long time aide Scotty Davenport.
"I felt very comfortable, as a father, with all those guys," Sparks said. "It was just a relaxed atmosphere...you just feel it."
Sparks said no decision had been made as of 9:00 p.m. Tuesday night but indicated one might be made soon....very soon! Sparks indicated that a decision could be made after Patrick returned home from the gym later Tuesday night.
When asked if Patrick would take anymore trips after visiting UofL, Sparks said, "I'm not for sure about that."
Sparks, the Head Basketball Coach at Muhlenberg High, told ITV that his son also had ambitions of one day following in his father's footsteps in the coaching profession and indicated that playing and learning from Coach Pitino would be, "a once in a lifetime opportunity." Sparks' grandfather was also the head basketball coach at Central City High School where he coached legendary UofL basketball coach, Peck Hickman. Sparks' also has several other family members in the coaching profession.
Sparks was honored as a First Team All Sun Belt Conference selection in 2002-03 and was named the MVP of the Sun Belt Conference Tournament. Sparks averaged 13.3 points and 5.9 assists, leading Western Kentucky to its second straight NCAA Tournament appearance.