Pitino starts evaluation period in Indy

INDIANAPOLIS – The first day of the July evaluation period is complete and Cardinal Authority has a day one report for the University of Louisville. Where were Rick Pitino and his staff? Cardinal Authority has the scoop.

Day one of the summer recruiting period for college basketball coaches across the country is in the books.

University of Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino spent the evening in Indianapolis, checking out a few prospects.

Pitino and new assistant coach Mike Balado started off watching New Orleans Elite standout forward Craig Victor. U of L has been in the mix with Victor but not one of his top schools, which do include Arizona and Kentucky among others.

The 6-foot-7, 210-pound Victor didn't have one of his best outings, playing against Milwaukee standout Kevin Looney, a former U of L target.

Pitino and Balado then drove across town to check out the future U of L backcourt – Quentin Snider and JaQuan Lyle playing with the Louisville Magic. The two looked like they have played together their entire lives.

Snider had 24 points and seven assists, getting a lot of his baskets off drives and several strong moves at the rim. Lyle, who is just playing with the Magic this weekend, added 18 points in the 86-60 win.

With NCAA rules allowing just three staff members on the road at once, assistant Kevin Keatts was not out recruiting on this first night.

Wyking Jones spent the evening at the Peach State Tournament in Georgia where Leron Black played with Team Thad against top '15 targets Daniel Giddens and Jaylen Brown with Game Elite.

Among the other targets at the Peach State include P.J. Dozier.

The coaches will be back at it again tomorrow with Pitino expected to stay in Indianapolis for several early-morning games.

Cardinal Authority will give you a daily update.

Here is video of Snider and Lyle talking after they won with the Magic.


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