Pitino finishes his evaluations at Peach Jam

University of Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino finished up his evaluation part of the first recruiting period in July on Saturday at the Peach Jam. The assistants remain on the road as the period ends on Sunday at 5 p.m. Cardinal Authority has all the details of where the staff is recruiting.

Rick Pitino has finished his evaluating for this recruiting period.

The University of Louisville men's basketball coach spent the first four days on the road and finished up Saturday afternoon at the Peach Jam in Augusta, S.C.

In the first game of the day, U of L was three deep with the staff for Chicago big man Cliff Alexander, who had 15 points and nine rebounds in a Mac Irvin Fire loss. Assistants Wyking Jones and Kevin Keatts joined Pitino at the game.

Also in that game top junior target Chieck Diallo had eight points and eight rebounds in 17 minutes of action.

Pitino and Keatts then watched Meanstreets of Chicago beat the Kentucky Travelers in overtime. Charles Matthews, a top '15 prospect, had 10 points and five rebounds in the win for the Meanstreets.

On the Kentucky team, Pitino was watching Trinity center Ryamond Spalding and Knott County Central guard Camron Justice. Spalding had three points and seven rebounds in 17 minutes, while Justice had 14 points, three rebounds, three assists and two steals for the Travelers.

Pitino and Jones then watched get 14 points and 11 rebounds in 24 minutes to help the NY Lighting beat Speice Indy Heat 73-70. Trey Lyles did not play for Indy Heat because of a hip injury.

Keatts and Jones stayed in the Augusta area and checked in on some of the kids left and some younger kids in events around the area.

Those two are also expected to be there on Sunday.

Assistant coach Mike Balado jumped on the road after Pitino returned home to Louisville and was at the Mullen's Top 100 Junior College Camp at Lindenwood University in St. Charles, Mo.

Balado checked out Chipola, Fla., forward Cinmeon Bowers, Northwest Florida State College center Stephen Hurt, Iowa Western center Tyrone Haughton an Lamar State-Port Arthur, Tx., 7-footer Anthony Allen.

Balado is expected back at the JUCO event on Sunday.


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