Pitino eyes recruits; potential transfers

Rick Pitino might not be done recruiting for the 2007-08 season. As InsideTheVille.com reported earlier this week, Louisville is expected to host Clark County (KY) standout Preston Knowles on an official visit this weekend. Friday, the Louisville coach again talked about the possibility of taking a transfer or two this spring.

Rick Pitino might not be done recruiting for the 2007-08 season. As InsideTheVille.com reported earlier this week, Louisville is expected to host Clark County (KY) standout Preston Knowles on an official visit this weekend.

Friday, the Louisville coach again talked about the possibility of taking a transfer or two this spring while introducing his son, Richard, as an assistant coach.

"I don't think we're done (recruiting)," Pitino said. "We are looking to take some transfers if they're available and can help us.

"I love transfers when guys do not transfer for lack of playing time. I'll give you a good example. Travis Ford left Missouri because they were getting put on probation. Mark Pope left because his coach was fired. Derek Anderson left because of problems with the NCAA at Ohio State.

There's been plenty of speculation about who might be considering transfers. Duke's Lance Thomas is usually the first mentioned. Thomas, a former McDonald's All-American, has ties to current Louisville standouts Derrick Caracter and Earl Clark.

Thomas, however, was quoted just before Duke's NCAA Tournament game against VCU, that he would return to play for the Blue Devils next season. Still, rumors of his transfer at the end of the semester persist.

"When you can get guys to sit out, practice and learn the system that's great," Pitino said. "They're mature and when they're not leaving for a lack of playing time it's great."

InsideTheVille.com has also heard rumors that a guard from a current Southeastern Conference team could have interest in transferring to Louisville this summer. News of a transfer, though, likely won't be announced until next month, at the earliest.

"I would like to fall into that situation if there are any (players) available," Pitino said. "Right now there's not, but down the road if there are I would love to take one or two."


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