Pitino watches JUCO center in Texas

University of Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino was on the road recruiting on Monday night in Texas. Pitino is still looking for a big man and was in the Dallas-area checking out a junior college post player. Cardinal Authority has the latest:

University of Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino and his staff are scouring the country for a couple of big men to add into the Class of 2014.

Pitino was evaluating a new name on the U of L radar on Monday afternoon, watching junior college center Tobe Okafor.

The 6-foot-11, 225-pound Okafor is a sophomore at Western Texas College in Snyder, Texas, and is a former Loyola Marymount commitment.

Okafor is from Durham, N.C., and played at Maine Central Institute. He spent some time at Eric Community College in New York before heading to Western Texas where he will play this season.

Okafor is an under-the-radar prospect who was a two-star in high school. He's been getting some recent looks from Division I schools.

U of L assistant coach Wyking Jones saw Okafor earlier this month and Pitino watched him in a workout on Monday.

U of L has two commitments – Shaqquan Aaron and Jaylen Johnson – in the '14 class and could add as many as four more players.

Forward Trey Lyles is down to U of L and Kentucky, while forward Jonah Bolden has the Cardinals in his final 10 and center Chinanu Onuaku is expected to pick between U of L, Miami or Georgetown later this week.

The Cardinals have also evaluated Wichita, Kan., Sunrise Christian center Bakary Konate and Port Arthur, Tx., Lamar State College center Anthony Allen, who led the Division I JUCO ranks in blocked shots last season.


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