With a trip to Louisville now complete, former Wright State guard Mark Alstork completed a busy round of visits and now begins to ponder his next college destination.
The 6-foot-5 Alstork, a graduate transfer, had previously tripped to Pittsburgh, Georgetown, Illinois, South Carolina and LSU for official visits. His time in Louisville was limited due to it being an unofficial visit.
"It went very well," he said. "Coach Rick Pitino and his staff showed me around and let me see everything."
His discussions with Pitino and staff centered around team goals and the national title aspirations that are always present within the Cardinals program.
"They just really talked me about a team-first mentality," he told Cardinal Authority. "They just really presented to me what Louisville is all about.
"They have a great program and a great structure. They are a winning program and you can't doubt who they are and what they are going to be. They stand for something."
Alstork, who was joined by his mother and brother on each visit, has entertained interest from numerous college coaches since making the decision to transfer from Wright State in early April. The process of choosing which schools to visit and then remaining firm with his promises to each coach has been difficult, but a clear indicator of his character.
"I gave each and every one of the coaches my word that I would make each visit and I did that," he said. "I told them all that I would visit them to see what they have and I think by doing it shows what kind of person I am."
It's also my his pending college choice a more difficult one.
"It's a life-changing decision," he said. "All these different programs and they're all great coaches. I wish I could go to each school honestly, but I can't, so I'm just grateful and thankful for this position that I'm in. It's going to be the hardest decision of my life so far.
"It's going to be hard to turn these people down that gave me these opportunities because I've never had these types of opportunities before. It's going to be very hard to say no to them."
His plan to announce his choice on May 20 hasn't changed and while he isn't ready to name any favorites, he may trim his list prior to decision day.
"I think I'm going to do some thinking tonight and tomorrow and I'll probably put out a top three before the 20th and then we'll go from there," he explained. "At this point, I'm going to talk about it all with my family and spend some time thinking. My official decision date will be May 20."
Alstork, who put his name in to test the NBA waters, played one season at Ball State before transferring to Wright State, where he averaged 19 points, 4.7 rebounds and 3.5 assists and was a first-team All-Horizon League selection last season. He's hit 37.3 percent from three-point range for his career.