New hoops assistant in town for visit?

Manhattan assistant Steve Masiello met with Rick Pitino Monday in Louisville and Inside The Ville has the scoop. Also, sources have informed us of administrative assistant Scott Davenport's replacement. Davenport is expected to be named Bellermine University's head coach later this week.

Manhattan University assistant Steve Masiello met with University of Louisville head coach Rick Pitino Monday in Louisville.

Masiello, the top assistant to Manhattan coach Bobby Gonzalez the past two seasons, is considered one of the top young coaches in college basketball. Ranked the No. 8 mid-to-low Division I coach in the nation by Clark Francis of the Hoop Scoop, Masiello is regarded as a strong recruiter, particularly in the New York area.

"Steve (has) the ability to relate to the players and share with them what it takes to be a collegiate champion," said Gonzalez.

Sources have informed Inside The Ville that Masiello will join Pitino's coaching staff - likely this week.

Masiello played for both Pitino and Tubby Smith at the University of Kentucky. He played on two Final Four teams, including Smith's 1998 NCAA championship team. Prior to his stint at Manhattan, Masiello served as an aid to Shawn Finney at Tulane.

Additionally, Inside The Ville has learned from sources that former U of L graduate assistant, and current Manhattan administrative assistant Dan McHale is also expected to join Pitino's staff. McHale will likely replace Pitino's current administrative assistant Scott Davenport. Davenport, a long time U of L aid, is expected to be named the head coach at Bellermine University later this week.

"(Dan) has a great basketball background, as he has gained valuable experience working for Tubby Smith and Rick Pitino, two of the most respected and successful coaches in college basketball," said Gonzalez. "I believe Dan has a bright future in this profession."

Like Masiello, McHale also is a graduate of the University of Kentucky.

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