Pitino visit 'very cool' for De'Aaron Fox

University of Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino and two assistant coaches made a stop in Texas to see top point guard target De'Aaron Fox on Friday afternoon. Fox spoke with Cardinal Authority and talked about the visit from the Hall of Fame coach.

With his Puerto Rico national team duties complete, University of Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino spent time on Friday in Texas on the recruiting trail.

Pitino and assistant coaches Mike Balado and Kenny Johnson met with two of the Cardinals' top remaining targets in the Class of 2016, De'Aaron Fox and Andrew Jones.

The first stop was in Katy, Tx., to meet Fox, a 6-foot-4 point guard who is ranked as the No. 4 overall player - and top point guard - in the Class of 2016 by Scout.com.

"It was great," Fox told Cardinal Authority. "Coach Pitino is a really cool guy. I just love the aura around him. He has so much energy and he's so much fun to talk with. It was a great (meeting)."

Fox will make an official visit to LSU next weekend before heading to Louisville on Sept. 26. He will make a trip to Kansas on Oct. 10 and then Kentucky on Oct. 17. He's also considering N.C. State, Arizona and North Carolina.

"I can't wait to see it," Fox said of Louisville. "Everybody still on my list has a chance. I really don't have a leader and am open-minded about it. I know it's going to be a difficult decision."

On meeting with Pitino and the two assistants, Fox said he has a better understanding of how he would fit into the system at Louisville and he "really liked" what he saw from the staff.

"I love how they use the guards," he said. "It's a perfect fit for me."

The 6-4 Jones is from Irving, Tx., and is ranked as the No. 30 player in the class. He received a visit from Pitino and his staff a little later in the day on Friday.

A source close to Jones said the meeting went "just great. Great."

Jones visited Arizona last weekend and will be at Texas this weekend. U of L is hoping to get him on campus for a visit in early October. He was on campus for an unofficial visit in early August.


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