Pitino announces 'deep and talented' class

University of Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino said he wasn't finished assembling the recruiting Class of 2014. But the Hall of Fame coach sure is pumped about the first four members of the class. Cardinal Authority has the latest.

University of Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino was all smiles when he met with the media on Friday afternoon before the Cornell game.

And for good reason.

Pitino announced his four-man recruiting class – noted the staff wasn't finished – and called the Class of 2014 a "tremendous class that is deep, talented, and all have great potential to improve."

The surprise signee was Ballard's Quentin Snider, the player that Pitino called the "point guard of the future at the University of Louisville." He had been committed to Illinois for several months.

The Hall of Fame coach also announced the signing of Shaqquan Aaron, a wing from Seattle; Jaylen Johnson, a forward from Michigan; and Chinanu Onuaku, a center from Upper Marlboro, Md.

The class is ranked No. 6 by Scout.com.

"Our coaching staff did a tremendous job," Pitino said. "We are excited about each of these guys and we expected an addition in four or five days."

Snider was the surprise and the steal for the Cardinals. He was committed for two years to U of L before backing off that in July.

"Since sixth grade, we felt Quentin would be a Louisville Cardinal someday," Pitino said. "He's well-rounded, shoots it well, gets in the lane and has good size. He makes people better and knows how to run a team."

Pitino said when Snider de-committed in July that it was the first time he was really "disappointed" with losing a recruit.

"He always dreamed of playing for Louisville," Pitino said. "We're very excited to have Q back (in the class)."

Pitino noted with Aaron that he played at the same school – Rainier Beach - as former U of L star Terrence Williams and said he "likes players from the beach."

"Shaqquan is extremely talented," he said. "He's explosive, passes it well, scores, has great size for a wing player and is very tough."

Pitino called Johnson a "very young, talented player," noting his mother led the NCAA in blocked shots when she played at Wisconsin.

"He has size, length, puts it on the floor, and is terrific at the defensive end of the floor for a high school player," Pitino said. "We're excited about him.

Onuaku is a 6-foot-10 "shot blockers, who is ready to play" in the college level, according to Pitino.

"He will certainly be a positive inside presence for us at both ends of the floor," Pitino said of the center.


Cardinal Authority Top Stories