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Pitino visits 6'11 Randolph Morris

<b>ITV RECRUITING EXCLUSIVE</b> -- University of Louisville Head Coach Rick Pitino visited 6'11 Randolph Morris last Firday in Atlanta. Landmark (GA) Christian Head Coach Brian Bartley spoke with ITV about the visit. <P> <B>EXTRA:</b> <a href="http://louisville.theinsiders.com/2/183637.html">Brian Johnson's coach on ITV Radio tonight</a></b>

University of Louisville Head Coach Rick Pitino might be hedging his bet, and he certainly hasn't given up the prospect of landing Landmark Christian's 6'11 center, Randolph Morris.

While Pitino's program hosted 6'9 Brian Johnson over the weekend, Pitino made a quick trip to visit Morris in Atlanta on Friday.

One of the top center prospects in the class of 2004, Morris is athletic and skilled on the court.

"Coach Pitino came down and took a look and evaluated," Landmark Christian Head Coach Brian Bartley said. "And talked with Randolph briefly."

Most think that Georgia Tech is a near lock for Morris' services, and while Bartley conceded he's close with the Tech coaching staff, he said his star player is still open and the decision hasn't been made yet.

"Randolph hasn't decided where he's going yet," Bartley said. "Coach Pitino is a former NBA head coach and you've got to listen to him. He doens't have to make any kind of pitch because his record speaks for itself. He can make Randolph better and prepare him for the pros."

Another factor that could bode well for Louisville is the impact Sebastian Telfair's decision could have on the 6'11 center.

"It makes a major impact," Bartley said of Sebastian Telfair's possible presence at Louisville next season. "He already knows Sebastian and that's certainly a major factor."

Morris will begin scheduling his official visits this week and Georgia Tech, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisville, North Carolina and UCLA are in the mix.

Bartley indicated that Louisville would receive an official visit from Morris in the near future, though it hasn't been scheduled yet.

Bartley also indicated that it's important for Morris to visit the campus, get to know the players in the program and see first hand how the coach interacts with the players during practice.

"Randolph's looking for a coach that will get the best out of him and prepare him for the next level," Bartley said.


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