adidas: Grinter hopes to play hoops for U of L

<B>SUWANEE, GEORGIA</b> - University of Louisville football commit Maurice Grinter was in action at adidas Superstar camp and made a strong showing on the hardwood last week.

For a kid supposed to be a football player, Maurice Grinter of Louisville Fairdale sure can play some pretty good basketball.

Following a solid first day effort, Grinter didn't disappoint in his first outing on Friday, scoring 11 points and getting 2 boards. At 6-foot-2, Grinter plays hard and smart at all times.

Although football season is right around the corner, Grinter will continue to participate in AAU events across the country, traveling to Las Vegas and back to Georgia with the Derek Smith All-Stars for events later this month.

Although presently focused on playing hoops, Grinter is preparing for football season and looks forward to the start of summer practice. "Practice starts next week, so I'm going to go hard and get in shape, and hopefully have a good season."

As of now, Grinter, a member of the 'Best of the Bluegrass,' still hopes to walk-on to Rick Pitino's swaud in 2005. "I'm hoping to have a spot on the team when I get there," Grinter said. "If it doesn't work out, I'll stick to what my plans are, and that's play football."

When asked about his reasons for choosing U of L over in-state rival Kentucky, Grinter responded, "(Louisville) is going to allow me to play (football) as a true freshmen. And coach Petrino is a great coach, he came in and turned the whole program around. He allows you to play and have fun at the same time."

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