Pitino expected to sign frontcourt pair

College basketball's early signing period begins today and Louisville is expected to sign a pair of frontcourt prospects to binding national letters of intent.

College basketball's early signing period begins today and Louisville is expected to sign a pair of frontcourt prospects to binding national letters of intent.

George Goode, a 6'8 forward from Raytown, MO., and Clarence Holloway, a 7'0 center from Chicago, IL., are expected to sign during the early signing period, which starts today and ends Nov. 15.

On the heels of one of his best classes ever, Rick Pitino's Class of 2007 isn't considered one of the nation's top recruiting hauls by analysts. Though the Cardinals' class won't rank among the nation's best recruiting classes – The Hoop Scoop ranks Louisville's class #57 – Pitino will get an athletic and versatile prospect in the 215-pound Goode.

"George Goode is one of those guys who brings versatility into the fold," said Scout.com's Dave Telep. "He's got a long, athletic frame and range on his shot. For him, it's about polishing up his game and becoming a consistent force. He's got it in him."

Goode, who is rated #73 nationally by Scout.com, made the all-star game at the Nike All-American Camp last July. He averaged 15 points per game as a junior.


7'0 Clarence Holloway

Clarence Holloway, a 7-0 265 lb. center, averaged 15 points and 10 rebounds as a senior at Harlan. Holloway originally signed with Louisville as a part of their Class of 2005. After spending time at IMG Academy prep school in Florida, Holloway declared for the 2006 NBA Draft, and subsequently withdrew from the draft. Holloway will prep this season at Chicago's Boys to Men Academy.

Though he won't sign during the early period, 6'6 Jason Henry could become a prime target for Louisville next spring. Ranked #69 by Scout.com, Henry is a big time scorer and an athletic prospect capable of playing multiple positions in college. Louisville, Tennessee and Washington currently comprise Henry's top three.

"He's one of the more unique recruits in the class," Telep said. "The guy is a point forward who can score from all spots on the floor. I liken him to a poor man's version of Julian Wright. Ultra-talented and a player."

Around the Big East, Syracuse appears likely to sign the league's best recruiting class, landing four Scout.com Top 100 prospects. Fourteen Scout.com Top 100 prospects are expected to sign with Big East schools during the early signing period.

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