Pitino opts for experienced lineup in Canada

Though Louisville's upcoming three game tour in Ottawa, Canada, should provide the Cardinals talented freshmen valuable experience for the upcoming season, Rick Pitino said Wednesday that he'll start out with a more experienced starting lineup.

Though Louisville's upcoming three game tour in Ottawa, Canada, should provide the Cardinals talented freshmen valuable experience for the upcoming season, Rick Pitino said Wednesday that he'll start out with a more experienced starting lineup.

With David Padgett and Brandon Jenkins sidelined by injury, Pitino said his starting lineup in Canada would likely consist of 6'10 junior Terrance Farley at center, 6'11 sophomore Jonathan Huffman at power forward, 6'8 junior Juan Palacios at small forward, and 6'5 sophomore Terrence Williams at shooting guard.

"Right now they've just performed the best," explained Pitino. "T-Will is a great passer and he's coming full cycle on what his strengths are. Tello is playing great and Terrance and Jonathan are running hard."

While those four spots seem solidified, at least for the upcoming Canadian excursion, the starting point guard job remains unsettled.

"Either Andre (McGee) or Edgar (Sosa), I don't know which one," Pitino said. "They're both so different. Sosa is a playmaker, where Andre is more of a scoring point guard. Andre's in great shape, and Edgar is so much like Francisco."

Jenkins, who was injured earlier this month, hasn't been doing much on the court of late.


Brandon Jenkins status for the
upcoming season remains
undetermined.

"He's in a boot and he's not doing much of anything except lifting his leg up and watching," Pitino said. "He's remarkably resilient. He has the same injury Terrell Owens had and if he could come back as quickly he'd be ready for the season."

Without Jenkins on the court, Pitino has designed a starting five for the upcoming trip to Ottawa that maximizes his squad's experience on the court.

"Having T-Will at two-guard and Tello at small forward gives us a little more experience," Pitino said.

As for Palacios, the 6'8 junior forward appears to have rounded back into the form that he exhibited while starting on the 2005 Final Four squad as a freshman.

"He's by far the best on the team," Pitino said. "He's where we wanted him to be after his freshman year. It was quite courageous that he played on that ankle last year because he's night and day. He's what you saw in that first half against Kentucky (as a freshman)."

And while Pitino has chosen to go with a more experienced starting five to play the Canadians this weekend, he sounded pleased with the potential of his four man freshmen class.

"They're typical of most freshmen, except they have more basketball talent than most freshmen," Pitino said. "All their weaknesses are typical of freshmen, but their strengths are stronger than most freshmen. All these guys have the ability to impact a game."


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