Pitino eyes top TN underclassmen

University of Louisville head coach Rick Pitino missed his weekly call in show Tuesday night to check in on two of the top underclassmen in the nation down in Nashville.

Rick Pitino was in the right place last night.

Instead of talking with fans on his weekly radio show, Pitino drove two hours to Nasville to catch two of the nation's top underclassmen in action last night.

What Pitino saw was TheInsiders #9 junior, 6'6 Tyler Smith of Giles, County take on powerful Brentwood Academy and TheInsiders #5 sophomore, 6'9 Brandon Wright.


 
Giles and Smith got the better of it last night, pulling off a 59-57 victory. Smith scored 21 points for the winners, while Wright, who attends the same high school as former Louisville recruit David Harrison, scored 20.

"Some of the assistant coaches have called and things like that to show interest," Giles County head coach Hope said. "He takes that sort of things in stride and carries on like normal. He's focused right now on helping us win the state championship."

We've seen some lists on Smith that include the usual assortment of SEC programs, so where is the 6'6 forward looking now?

"He's very much open," Hope said.

Wright, who averaged 17 points, 9 rebounds, and 12 blocks as a freshman, was a standout at the Nike All-America Camp last summer and projects as one of the top big men in the country.

"He's the best sophomore I've seen so far," Hope said, noting they played in tournament all around the country this season.


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