Pitino announces 2007 recruiting class

Rick Pitino has his sights set on a blockbuster 2008 recruiting class, but Wednesday the Louisville coach announced the addition of two players from the Class of 2007. What did Pitino have to say about his newest signees? Will Louisville add another prospect in 2007? InsideTheVille.com has the scoop.

Rick Pitino has his sights set on a blockbuster 2008 recruiting class, but Wednesday the Louisville coach announced the addition of two players from the Class of 2007.

On the first day of the national signing period, the Cardinals received signed national letters of intent from George Goode, a 6'8 forward from Raytown, MO., and Clarence Holloway, a 7-foot center from Chicago.

"Both guys are young men that we wanted in our program from the first time that we saw them," Pitino said during a Wednesday afternoon press conference. "They both bring different things to the team. George is a tremendous perimeter shooter and extremely athletic, and Clarence is a legit 7-footer who is extremely hard working."

With a roster full of young players, Pitino said his program wasn't looking to sign a big class in 2007. However, Pitino said the two players his team will add for the 2007-08 season will fill a need for his program.

"We didn't need a whole lot," Pitino said. "We've got 13 or 14 guys returning (next season), but these two guys fill a need for us in terms of what we have down the road with graduation and people moving on."

Goode, who averaged 18 points, 12 rebounds and five blocked shots as a junior, should beef up the Cardinals fire power from the perimeter.

"He's a great shooter and that's what we were looking for more than anything," Pitino said of Goode, the #73 ranked prospect nationally according to Scout.com. "The thing that I love about him is that he's a great shooter. Great basketball teams have the ability to shoot the basketball and he fits very well with what we're trying to do offensively."


Pitino said Holloway has NBA
potential.

Holloway originally signed with Louisville two years ago, but never made it to U of L for academic reasons. Pitino said Holloway had fallen off his recruiting radar until he traveled to Chicago earlier this fall to watch one of Holloway's teammates at Boys to Men, 6'9 Mac Koshwal.

"We were not actively recruiting Clarence until we went to see another basketball player," Pitino said. "He knows what he needs to work on and he has lost a lot of weight. Now he needs to shape his body and get more muscle onto it. That will happen when he gets here come August. Anytime you can get a 7-footer with good experience and also has outstanding potential you're getting someone who can make a difference in your program."

What's the biggest difference between the old and the new Clarence Holloway?

"He's (different) in terms of his body type. He was way over-weight and now he's not," Pitino said. "He was trying out for the NBA and that was probably a humbling experience for him. Anytime you're 7-feet and have good hands you have NBA potential."

Pitino and his staff now turn their attention to the Class of 2008. The Cardinals already have verbal commitments from 6'6 Martez Walker and 7'0 Jeff Withey. According to Pitino, Louisville isn't actively pursuing any more players for next season. But that doesn't mean something couldn't develop between now and the signing period next May.

"The only time we would take a transfer or someone else is if he were an impact basketball player and could impact our basketball program in some kind of positive way," Pitino said. "We're not looking for (anybody). Somebody would have to search us out. But we're not looking because we are a very deep basketball team. Down the road we have people that we're interested in and a goal for the following year. We'd rather stick to that unless something comes along that we don't know about."

Louisville's 2007 recruiting class is not ranked in Scout.com's Top 25.


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