University of Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino and assistant coach Ralph Willard were in Miami on Thursday night but it wasn't a vacation stop. The two U of L coaches were on a recruiting trip.
And it very well could have been to watch the next Cardinals' commitment.
South Miami High School 2017 point guard Zack Dawson has been evaluated by Pitino twice and all three of his assistant coaches in the past three weeks and his father, Zack Sr., said his son "really likes Louisville a whole lot."
The 6-foot-3 Dawson was expected to make a visit to Louisville last weekend but had travel issues. His father said he's expected to make a trip to see the school in the next few weeks.
"That's the only thing that's holding us up," Dawson's father said. "He likes them a great deal. The coaches, the system, just everything about it. He wants to play for Rick Pitino."
The elder Dawson said he feels like his son is the perfect fit for a Pitino system.
"He's a long point guard," the father said. "Pitino has had a lot of success with guys like (Dawson) at Louisville and all the way back to Kentucky when he had Tony Delk. We are big fans of what he's done with guards like (Dawson)."
Dawson said his son is "very excited" to get to campus.
"He wants to see what it's like and just make sure the school is what he wants," Dawson Sr., said. "He just wants to make sure before he does anything with a commitment."