The University of Louisville basketball staff has spent a lot of time with the top targets this week, the second of three five-day evaluation periods for college basketball coaches.
But head coach Rick Pitino also saw a new prospect.
Pitino flew from Colorado where he was on Friday into Minnesota on Saturday to check out D1 Minnesota star Matthew Hurt, who is the No. 8 prospect in the Class of 2019 rankings. Hurt had 10 points and nine rebounds in front of Pitino.
The 6-foot-9 Hurt already has offers from Ohio State, UCLA, Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin, Florida, Oregon, Xavier and others. He has interest from Duke, North Carolina and Kentucky. His older brother, Michael, will be a freshman on the Minnesota basketball team this season.
While Pitino was checking out Hurt, the rest of his staff was sitting on top targets in '17.
U of L assistant coach David Padgett watched two games of Team United in the Team Takeover event in D.C., which features Alex O'Connell and Lance Thomas. O'Connell has still been solid this week, while Thomas had a double-double in the second game.
Kenny Johnson started his Saturday in the Atlanta-area watching Malik Williams and then traveled to the Augusta-area where he watched Makai Ashton-Langford twice in games at the Peach State Classic in Aiken, S.C.
Mike Balado stayed in the Atlanta-area, watching Malik Williams twice, the Team Breakdown duo - Anfernee Simons and Elijah Weaver - once and Game Elite point guard Darius Perry one time late in the evening.
All three assistant coaches also evaluated some younger players.