Pitino eyes elite '13 recruits

Rick Pitino has been active on the recruiting trail lately. This weekend, the Louisville coach watched five-star prospects Jabari Parker, the nation's top-ranked 2013 recruit, and BeeJay Anya, the No. 1 ranked 2013 center.

Rick Pitino has hit the recruiting trail hard this winter. His focus - the loaded Class of 2013.

In recent weeks, the veteran Louisville coach has watched four-star Louisiana forward Jarrell Martin, four-star North Carolina small forward Greg McClinton, four-star Mississippi center Moses Kingsley and four-star Vermont center Dominic Woodson.

This weekend, Pitino watched a pair of five-star prospects - one in Chicago, another in Washington D.C. After dispatching DePaul Saturday, Pitino, along with Illinois coach Bruce Weber, were in the gym to see 6 foot 7 SF Jabari Parker, the No. 1-ranked prospect nationally in the 2013 class. Sunday, Pitino was in Hyattsville, MD to see 6 foot 8 BeeJay Anya, the No. 1-ranked 2013 center.

"I've probably done more recruiting this year than anytime before," Pitino said last week.

With Pitino watching in the stands, Parker led Simieon to a win over Chicago power De La Salle with 23 points and 14 rebounds, draining several deep three-pointers, in a game that featured at least ten future Division 1 prospects.

Parker, who made an unofficial visit to Louisville last fall while in town for the John Lucas Camp, is one of the nation's heavily pursued prospects as schools like Michigan State, Kentucky, Duke, Connecticut, North Carolina, Kansas and Ohio State are in the mix.

BeeJay Anya
Pitino also caught a glimpse of Gavin Schilling, a rising 2013 power forward for De La Salle, in Chicago. Schilling, a four-star prospect who played in Germany last season, had 10 points, 8 rebounds and two blocked shots against Marquette-bound forward Steve Taylor before leaving the game with an ankle injury.

Anya, a first team all-WACA selection, couldn't lead DeMatha past Paul VI (VA) Sunday with Pitino and Maryland coach Mark Turgeon in the stands evaluating.

Blessed with a 7'9 wingspan, the 265-pound Anya is considered one of the nation's best shot blockers. He's being pursued by Texas, Kentucky, Indiana, Florida, Georgetown, Kansas, Syracuse, Pittsburgh and Ohio State, among several others.

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