Pitino to visit Jamal Boykin today

<b>RECRUITING EXCLUSIVE</b> - The spring contact period began this morning and University of Louisville head coach Rick Pitino's first stop will be in Los Angeles to meet with Fairfax High's Jamal Boykin. <b>Boykin spoke with Inside The Ville Tuesday night about Pitino's upcoming visit.</b>

Even though Los Angeles public schools are on spring break this week, school, of sorts, will be in session for Jamal Boykin at Fairfax High today.

You see, the spring basketball recruiting contact period began today at 8 AM, meaning college coaches can visit with prized recruiting prospects at the prospective student-athletes high school.

Today, University of Louisville head coach Rick Pitino will begin by visiting with the talented 6-foot-7 junior forward.

"I'm excited," Boykin said of Pitino's visit. "It's a great honor to have such a great coach come visit me. I admire him and it shows he has a lot of interest in me by coming out to see me."

Louisville won't be the only school paying a visit to Boykin this month, though, as Oregon, Washington and Pepperdine have also scheduled visits.

Boykin said two of the biggest factors for him when it comes time to decide will be the location of the school and a coach that can help develop his game for the next level. He's not necessarily looking to stay close to home, rather he'd like to find a nice place to perhaps settle down in the future after basketball.

"Basketball wise I'm looking for a coach that has set out a plan for me to get to the next level," Boykin explained. "And Coach Pitino has one."

Georgia Tech, who fell to Connecticut in the national championship game Monday night, figures to be a factor in Boykin's recruitment.

"I like them alot," Boykin said of the Yellow Jackets. "I was rooting for them Monday night even when they were down late in the game."

"I love the Big East and the ACC," Boykin continued. "The distance [to either Louisville or Georgia Tech] is not going to be a problem for me."

Boykin, who is preparing to take the SAT for the first time, said he will certainly make an official visit to Louisville, most likely next September. A 3.0 student in the classroom, Boykin's also not in any big hurry to make a decision about his recruitment.

"I'm not in a rush to make a decision," Boykin said.

Boykin's AAU season will begin this weekend at the Las Vegas Easter Classic.


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