Pitino offers evaluation of McGee, Harvey

Having had the opportunity to watch two of his most prized recruits - Andre McGee and Bryan Harvey - Saturday night at Louisville Gardens, University of Louisville coach Rick Pitino offered his evaluation of both players Tuesday afternoon.

Having had the opportunity to watch two of his most prized recruits - Andre McGee and Bryan Harvey - Saturday night at Louisville Gardens, University of Louisville coach Rick Pitino offered his evaluation of both players Tuesday afternoon.

"I think they're four-year players that are going to get better and better," Pitino said. "I think it must be frustrating for Andre McGee because his team only had 15-points at halftime and he had all fifteen."

McGee finished with 24 points, but was only accredited for two assists - primarily because his teammates couldn't finish the opportunities he created for them.

"He's a great play-maker and makes some great passes but his teammates are young and can't make any shots," Pitino said.

Often double and triple-teamed this season, especialy when playing against teams back home in California, Pitino says the 5 foot 11 McGee has picked up some bad habits trying to compensate.

"It's caused him to pick up some bad habits shooting - shooting off balance," explained Pitino. "We're going to do a lot not only to change his game but also his body."

McGee, who said last weekend that his weight currently hovers around 190-pounds, should expect a strict regimen next fall when he arrives at U of L, according to Pitino.

"You won't recognize him on October 15," Pitino predicted. "He's ten-pounds on the heavy side [now] and he'll be ten-pounds lighter. His body fat will be under ten-percent and it's probably no where near that now. So he'll be quicker and have better stamina - he won't be cramping up as much."

As for the 6 foot 5 Harvey, who scored 13 points in a 51-49 loss to Pleasure Ridge Park, Pitino seemed pleased with his willingness to share the basketball, his shooting range and athleticism.

"Bryan Harvey shoots it with great range," said Pitino. "He's very unselfish and doesn't even look to shoot. And he's athletic."

Both, according to their future coach, should expect - and be prepared - for major minutes next season.

"I think those two are going to see some playing time as freshman, Andre especially," said Pitino.


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