Cards have edge with Burgess

<b>ITV RECRUITING EXCLUSIVE</b> -- 6'10 David Burgess talks about his official visit to U of L and explains where his recruitment stands after returning home from Louisville.

6'10 David Burgess of Irvine, Ca told Inside TheVille Monday night that he had a great trip to Louisville last weekend.

"It went really well," Burgess said of his official visit to Louisville. "It was a good visit."

There had been some talk behind the scenes that Brian Johnson's commitment to U of L last Thursday may have had a negative impact on the Cards recruitment of the California frontcourt prospect. However, according to Burgess, that doesn't appear to be the case.

"Actually it's a plus," Burgess explained of Johnson's impact on his recruitment.


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Burgess, who has received a scholarship offer from Louisville, told ITV that Coach Pitino has intentions of using Johnson and himself beside one another in the frontcourt with Johnson being able to step out on the floor and Burgess inside the paint.

"He [Johnson] plays the 3/4," Burgess said. "I play more of the 4/5."

With two official visits to BYU and Louisville down and one to go at Gonzaga on October 24, Burgess says the race at this point is to close to call.

"They're kind of tied [but] Louisville probably has the edge right now," Burgess said.

Burgess was impressed by Louisville's facilities and specifically mentioned the basketball programs brand new dorm, stating he, "couldn't believe how nice it was."

Burgess, who was hosted by freshman walk-on Brad Gianiny on his visit, also praised Coach Pitino's individual instruction and the overall homey feel of the program.

There has also been discussion among many in basketball circles that Pitino's full court style of play may not be best suited for the more half court oriented Burgess.

But Burgess indicated he felt he could play in that type of system, noting the training and conditioning aspects of Pitino's program could improve his quickness and athleticism.

Meanwhile, at BYU earlier on Monday, 6'9 power forward Trent Plaised committed to the Cougars.

Asked if Plaised's commitment would have an impact on his decision, Burgess responded, "It really doesn't affect me."

After his official visit to Louisville we know three things for certain about Burgess' recruitment. He's down to three schools, BYU, Louisville and Gonzaga. He's already visited Provo and Louisville and will visit Gonzaga later this month. And he'll sign of letter of intent this November.

One of the three schools will get a solid interior rebounder with tremendous size and strength.

And heading down the stretch, Coach Pitino and the Louisville Cardinals appear to have necked ahead for the California thoroughbred.


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