Pitino expected to see two prospects

University of Louisville men's basketball coach Rick Pitino is expected back on the recruiting trail on Wednesday. Cardinal Authority has the latest on where the newest Hall of Fame member is expected to visit.

Rick Pitino is headed to Las Vegas.

But the newest member of the Naismith Hall of Fame isn't going for pleasure, it's a business trip for the University of Louisville basketball coach.

Pitino is expected to be in Vegas today to visit with at least two recruits, including Jonah Bolden an Stephen Zimmerman.

Lori Zimmerman confirmed that Pitino will be in town to see her son, who is ranked as the No. 2 prospect in the Class of 2015.

College coaches could be out on the road recruiting this week and this trip will mark the first of the week for Pitino, who has been in town doing individual instruction with his current team for the past two days.

Zimmerman is a 6-foot-11, 215-pound center from the '15 class and considered one of the elite players in that class. He attends Bishop Gorman High School in Las Vegas and was offered by Louisville a few months ago.

Pitino watched Zimmerman several times this summer.

Bolden is a 6-foot-9, 200-pound power forward who is now attending Henderson, Nev., Findlay Prep School. He became a hot name on the recruiting trail late this summer when he had a solid effort at the adidas Nations event.

U of L has been involved with Bolden for a few months.

A native of Sydney, Australia, Bolden didn't play AAU ball in the states. He helped lead his club team to a second-place finish at the Australian 18U Junior Championships. He averaged 16.7 points, 7.2 rebounds and hit 65 percent from the field at adidas Nations.

Bolden's father, Bruce, played at Boise State from 1981-85 and then spent 17 years playing in Australia's NBL professional league. He retired in 2004 and ranked in the all-time top 10 in six categories during his time at Boise State.


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