Tip-Off Luncheon Notebook

With his team's first intra-squad scrimmage of the 2006-07 later this week, Louisville coach Rick Pitino provided a brief update on his team Tuesday afternoon prior to the annual tip-off luncheon at the Downtown Mariott.

With his team's first intra-squad scrimmage of the 2006-07 later this week, Louisville coach Rick Pitino provided a brief update on his team Tuesday afternoon prior to the annual tip-off luncheon at the Downtown Mariott.

Here are the highlights:

On the 2006-07 Louisville Cardinals: They're doing well. They're all working extremely hard. We're getting healthier every day. Earl Clark has participated in two practices. We're going to leave him out today and we're off tomorrow to try and get him ready for the scrimmage on Friday.

On freshman Derrick Caracter: He's got to be 275 by Friday and he's got to be 10 percent by the first exhibition game. He's fighting to make it. From RickPitino.com: "Derek Caracter is getting close to his goal of 275 pounds with 10% body fat. He is 279 and holding. He needs to be 275 and 10% by Friday morning to be able to compete in the scrimmage at 5 p.m. on Oct. 27. This is essential for his improvement."


Pitino said Jenkins could compete
on the court in a few weeks.

On the play of point guard Andre McGee: (Players) just make quantum leaps from freshman year to sophomore year. Freshman year you're just trying to find out what to do, what not to do, what plays to run and not to run as a point guard. He's jut very comfortable now in the system. He's in the best shape of his life. His body is very lean and he's very quick. He's shooting the ball better and he's making plays for other people. Tello and T-Will have stuck out, but Andre is every bit on the same par with those two guys.

On Brandon Jenkins: He's working out from a cardiovascular standpoint right now. We hope by next week that he can do a little shooting and dribbling and then the following week do some individual instruction. I think he's three weeks away from competing.


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