Pitino works both Marcus Johnson and Amir Johnson

University of Louisville head coach Rick Pitino visited both Marcus Johnson and Amir Johnson of Los Angeles Westchester High School last week during a west coast recruiting trip.

Rick Pitino wouldn't mind killing two birds with one stone. And if Louisville could land Westchester High standouts Marcus Johnson and Amir Johnson, you'd have to beleive the Cardinals' third year head coach would be excited about that prospect.

Last week during a west coast swing, Pitino and assistant Reggie Theus not only met with Fairfax standout Jamal Boykin, they also stopped by to meet with both Johnson's at Westchester.

"Both visits went real well," Westchester head coach Ed Azzam said. "Coach Pitino did a nice job of presenting Louisville last week when he met with Marcus and Amir."

Louisville has been involved with both players for some time, and the possibility of the two making a campus visit to U of L was discussed but plans haven't been finalized in that regard.

"Visits were discussed but nothing has been finalized or set up in that regard," Azzam said.

Marcus, a 6-foot-6 small forward, is one of the most athletic wing's in the nation, while Amir (6'9, 210), who didn't play as a junior after transferring to Westchester, is a multi-talented, shot blocking power forward.

"Louisville has basically told both of them that an offer's there if they want to take it," Azzam explained. "And that if both or either decided to commit they've indicated that they wouldn't recruit other players at those positions."

Could a package deal be in the works in this situation?

"If that were to work out fine, if it doesn't that's fine, too," Azzam said. "They're not a package deal like some kids are in these situations."

Marcus Johnson has recently told TheInsiders.com that Syracuse remains his favorite school. However, he remains open and the ball appears to be in the Orange's hands. Syracuse has not met with Johnson at this point. Kansas, Arizona and UCONN along with Louisville and Syracuse comprise Johnson's current top five.

"That's the school he grew up liking," Azzam said of the Orangemen. "That's his dream school but it's up to Syracuse whether or not that happens."

"He's still very much open to each of the schools recruiting him," Azzam added.


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