"This team plays with unbelievable passion and they think of their teammates before they do themselves," Pitino said. "This team thinks about the name on the front of the jersey instead of the one on the back of the jersey."
Pitino sounded extremely optimistic about the 2004-2005 season primarily because he believes he has enough depth to play his demanding, pressing style.
"We have nine or ten guys who can all play and we have to have that kind of depth to play our style," Pitino exclaimed. "We haven't had that type of depth the past two seasons."
Joining Pitino at the annual tip off luncheon, sponsored by UPS, where assistants Reggie Theus and Scott Davenport as well as newcomers Brian Johnson, Terrance Farley, Tello Palacios, and David Padgett.
"Brian Johnson and Tello Palacios are the two most talented front court players that I've ever brought in, in one season since I've been a college coach," Pitino said.
GIANINY RECIEVES SCHOLARSHIP
Sophomore point guard Brad Gianiny has been awarded an athletic scholarship for the 2004-2005 season, according to Pitino.
Gianiny, who came to Louisville from Fort Union Military Academy, was a non-scholarship walk-on as a freshmen last season.
PUBLIC SCRIMMAGE SCHEDULED
UofL will hold a public scrimmage at Cardinal Arena in the student activity center on Saturday, October 30th at 10 a.m.
Cardinal Arena has seating capacity for about 900 people and tickets will be on sale at the UofL ticket office beginning next Wednesday.
Tickets are six dollars and go on sale at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, October 27th. There will be no telephone orders for the event.
CARDS LIKELY TO PLAY BYU-HAWAII
U of L will likely open the season against BYU-Hawaii before facing Iowa in the Maui Classic later next month.
One of the top Division-II teams in the nation, BYU-Hawaii was 23-4 last season, upset two Division-I opponents and didn't lose a home game on the season. They also boast an experienced roster with the average player age of 26 and shot 52% from the field last season.