U of L hoops staff all over Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS – It was a long day on the road for the University of Louisville men's basketball staff. Rick Pitino and assistant coaches Wyking Jones and Kevin Keatts are all over Las Vegas on Thursday evaluating talent. Cardinal Authority is covering the events and has the breakdown the movement of the staff.

University of Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino saw some of the top talent from the Class of 2014 and '15 on Thursday in Las Vegas.

Pitino spent time at all three of the major tournaments going on in Sin City, checking out talent to try and add to his roster.

Jaylen Johnson, a '14 forward from Ypsilanti, Mich., got the first look of the morning from Pitino – an early-morning game at the adidas Super 64. Johnson played another solid game in front of the Hall of Fame coach.

Pitino is also now recruiting Johnson's AAU teammate from Dorian's Pride – Josh Jackson. The 6-foot-6 Jackson is a small forward from the class of 2016 and lives in Detroit, Mich., likely to be ranked in the top 50 when the rankings come out.

Pitino – with Wyking Jones by his side all day – then watched Myles Turner have another solid outing for Texas Select before taking a break and returning to see commitment Quentin Snider put on a show.

Snider had 28 points and three assists, scoring 12 of 14 points during one stretch late, in a two-point loss by the Magic.

While Pitino and Jones were there, Keatts was checking out Elbert Robinson (10 points, 12 rebounds) with the Dallas Seawolves and then watched part of the Cliff Alexander game with Mac Irvin Fire before catching Johnson and Jackson again.

At the Las Vegas Classic, Pitino watched Oakland Soldiers power forward Ivan Rabb and team Texas big man Elijah Thomas battle. Both are two of the top junior big guys in the country and have U of L interest.

Pitino finished the night with a win by commitment Shaqquan Aaron.

While he's traveling at some point tomorrow, Pitino is expected to catch a few game. It's likely he will watch Alexander and Elbert Robinson battle at noon.

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