That certainly appears the intent as the University of Louisville will play host this weekend to TheInsiders #11 ranked prospect in the nation, 6'11 Randolph Morris of Fairburn, GA. And you can bet the U of L coaching staff will roll out the red carpet and make their best pitch to land the talented frontcourt prospect.
With arguably one of the nation's top 3 or 4 ranked recruiting classes already in the fold, the addition of Morris not only would guarantee U of L's recruiting class a #1 national ranking but would likely make them the odds on favorite to win the 2004-05 NCAA Championship.
And Morris would seemingly be the perfect compliment to Sebastian Telfair, as he's both athletic enough to run the floor yet strong enough to score around the basket. And while Telfair may not be the deciding factor, his presence at U of L is certainly a plus for Pitino.
"It makes a major impact," Landmark Christian head coach Brian Bartley told ITV last month of Sebastian Telfair's at Louisville next season. "He already knows Sebastian and that's certainly a major factor."
"Randolph's looking for a coach that will get the best out of him and prepare him for the next level," Bartley said.
And who better than Pitino to do just that?
All one has to do is stroll through the U of L basketball office and look on the wall to see all the NBA players that Pitino has helped mold.
At the head of the list, Morris would walk into the U of L program from day one and see significant playing time on a team that will challenge for the NCAA Title next season.
Want more reasons why Morris should choose Louisville? Fine.
How about the distinct possibility of playing next season in the nation's biggest and best basketball league where Morris and the rest of the Cards could showcase their talents before nightly ESPN audiences under the watchful eye of NBA scouts every night.
Think of it. Madison Square Garden packed to the roof. Playing teams like Syracuse, UCONN, and Cincinnati, just to name a few, on ESPN's "Big Monday." And with Dick Vitale singing the praises of Pitino's troops while going bonkers over the nation's deepest and most talented team.
On campus this weekend, Morris will see first hand the enthusiastic support the U of L fans provide at the student only scrimmage Friday night at Cardinal Arena. And you can rest assured the Cardinal Crazies will chant the name RANDOLPH MORRIS more than a few times.
And then he'll get to see the first rate U of L living quarters at Minardi Hall. If that doesn't wow him, nothing probably could. The list could go on and on and on...
Randolph Morris makes an official visit to U of L this weekend and there's a whole lot of good reasons why Louisville is the place to be.