Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino said he can't answer the question about his most improved player because so many have improved

University of Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino said his team has so many players who have shown improvement in the offseason that it's hard for him to answer the question of what player will be his team's most improved overall.

University of Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino gets the same question every offseason.

Who is your most improved player?

Only this summer, Pitino has had a tough time answering the question. In fact, Pitino told Cardinal Authority that he wasn't naming a player because he could say "five or six different names."

"That's probably one of the toughest questions I've been asked in 30 years," Pitino said. "I can't honestly answer it.

"I could say Donovan (Mitchell), I could say Jaylen (Johnson), Matz (Stockman) and Anas (Mahmoud). I could say Quentin (Snider). I really couldn't tell you from watching them who is the most improved player on this team."

Pitino said he can honestly say he feels like "they have all gotten significantly better" during the offseason. Under NCAA rules, Pitino and his staff are allowed to work with the team during the offseason.

"I could guess five or six guys," Pitino said. "It's a great problem to have."

Pitino did single out junior Jaylen Johnson, who has gotten in much better shape this offseason and has been a player Pitino and the staff have talked about showing major improvement because of his body.

"Jaylen because he has changed his body can finally be a basketball player without getting fatigued every one or two minutes," Pitino said. "And that's really going to help Jaylen and help us as a team."

Cardinal Authority Top Stories