University of Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino blogged on Monday about his frontcourt, noting a few negatives with injuries and improvement, but on Tuesday it was the backcourt that Pitino posted about.
And he seemed much more elated with the progress of his guards and wings.
Pitino said that group has been "very impressive with a strong work ethic and desire to improve" during workouts and noted several players - including Deng Adel - who have jumped off the charts in his eyes so far.
The 6-foot-7 Adel is a sophomore who missed time last year with a knee injury. He averaged 7.2 points and 3.2 rebounds in Louisville's final six games and has been the most impressive player on the team in offseason workouts so far.
"Quick and explosive," Pitino said. ". . . Awesome attitude and a great teammate. Must learn to change pace and pass away from help defense. At 6-7 and being extremely long, his sophomore season should be special."
Pitino also lauded the play of junior Quentin Snider, who is a team captain and the coach said "the ball and the team are in his hands." He also called the former Ballard High star "Mr. Consistency."
"Floor general who has developed a reliable 3-point shot," Pitino said. "Improving on defense and great in transition. As a captain, he will make people better with his passing skills. The ball and team are in his court. I certainly believe he will shine in his junior season."
And there was also high praise for sophomore Donovan Mitchell, who averaged 7.5 points off the bench last season.
"His three-point shot is no longer flat and he has balance and proper arc," Pitino said. "He is also a much improved passer. We’re trying to get him down in weight from 215 to 195. That would make him a better defender and develop a quicker first step on offense. Strong worker and, like Deng, an awesome teammate."
Here's the full blog posting: LINK