Does U of L have "edge" for 6'10 David Burgess?

<b>ITV RECRUITING EXCLUSIVE</b> -- 6'10 David Burgess spoke with ITV Monday night about his in-home visit with Coach Pitino and Coach Willard last week. Burgess has his list narrowed to a select few and the Cards just might have the edge.

6'10 David Burgess of Irvine, CA spoke with Inside TheVille shortly after Gonzaga's Mark Few wrapped up his in-home presentation Monday night.

Burgess, who received his last in-home visit Monday evening, said they've went extremely well and he indicated he was very impressed by Coach Pitino and Coach Willard's presentation last Sunday evening.

"It went very well," Burgess said of his in-home visit with the U of L coaching staff. "Coach Pitino really impressed me."


Burgess at the TOC (ITV)
Burgess said that Coach Pitino was so well prepared for the presentation that he only had to ask 2-3 questions because the future Hall of Fame coach answered nearly every other question on his mind.

"Coach Pitino brought in five or six lamenated boards and really laid out his program," Burgess said.

Burgess said that Pitino touted U of L's tradition, facilities, academics, playing time, and his NBA coaching experience and ability to develop college players for the next level.

Burgess said the three questions he asked of Pitino related to available playing time as a freshman, whether or not Pitino let his players play through mistakes, and about his Mormon mission.

So did Burgess get satisfactory answers to his questions?

"Yes I did," Burgess said.

Burgess indicated that Duke's Coach K didn't allow his older brother Chris to learn as a freshman from his mistakes and Coach K's handling of the situation really hurt his confidence.

Burgess also said Pitino seemed open to the 6'10 center taking a mission after a year or two on campus and indicated he'd be expected to play a big role as a freshman at U of L.

Last weekend, Burgess wrapped up his first official visit to BYU. Burgess enjoyed the trip and had dinner with his aunt and uncle and the BYU coaching staff Saturday night.

Should Burgess choose the Cougars he'll certainly be around family. Not only will Burgess' cousin play for the Coogs next season but his older brother Josh is a current player at BYU.

"They have unbelievable facilities," Burgess said of BYU.

Burgess will take an official visit to Florida on October 4th and then will trip to Louisville on Oct. 11, where he'll attend the Cards football game against Army.

"They're two great places with unbelievable facilities," Burgess said of Florida and Louisville. Burgess also mentioned U of L's new dormitory, Minardi Hall, and indicated he was excited to see it in person.

So who has the edge in this recruiting battle, teacher (Pitino) or pupil (Donovan)?

"Coach Pitino would know more because of the NBA level of experience," Burgess said. "So that would give him an edge."

Burgess said he'll return home from his visits and discuss his options with his family and coach before making his decision. He also said he expects to take his visit to Gonzaga.

Stay tuned!


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