Matthew O'Haren, USA TODAY

Wright State transfer Mark Alstork talks about his interest in the University of Louisville; spoke with Rick Pitino on Monday night

Wright State transfer Mark Alstork talks about his interest in the University of Louisville; spoke with Rick Pitino on Monday night.

The University of Louisville basketball staff reached out to Wright State transfer guard Mark Alstork last week as a potential replacement if Donovan Mitchell keeps his name in the NBA Draft.

Alstork said he's now chatted with three Louisville coaches, including Rick Pitino.

The 6-foot-5 Alstork said the original contact was by assistant coach Jordan Fair and noted he spoke with Pitino on Monday night and then had a chat with associate head coach Kenny Johnson.

"They've told me they need somebody that does what I do if Donovan Mitchell leaves," Alstork said. "(Pitino) told me he had an opportunity at Louisville if I wanted to take that route. He told me there's a spot just for me if Donovan leaves."

Alstork, who put his name in to test the NBA waters, said he already has a visit to Pittsburgh set up and is also likely to make visits to Georgetown and South Carolina. Dayton, Baylor, Georgia Tech, Tennessee, Oklahoma State, Texas Tech, Wake Forest and several other schools have also been in contact and chatting with Alstork.

But he said the situation at Louisville is "very intriguing."

"Coach Pitino is a Hall of Fame coach and one of the best to ever do it," Alstork said. "So, for me to get a phone call from him is an honor. He's had good success with (graduate) transfers."

Alstork, who played one season at Ball State before transferring to Wright State, said he wants make a decision between the middle and end of May. He still has summer school work to complete at Wright State before he graduates.

"I have some time," Alstork said. "I don't want to rush anything. I'll be (at a school) the second (summer) session."

Mitchell has until May 24 to decide on his future at U of L.

Last season, Alstork averaged 19 points, 4.7 rebounds and 3.5 assists and was a first-team All-Horizon League selection. He's hit 37.3 percent from three-point range for his career.


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