Pitino offers star forward Emanuel Negedu

Rick Pitino's latest scholarship offer in the Class of 2008 came yesterday when he called New Hampshire's Brewster Academy and extended a full ride to stud 6-6 ½ forward Emanuel Negedu. InsideTheVille.com has the scoop.

Rick Pitino's latest scholarship offer in the Class of 2008 came yesterday when he called New Hampshire's Brewster Academy and extended a full ride to stud 6-6 ½ forward Emanuel Negedu.

Negedu, a four-star prospect and Scout.com's #39 ranked prospect nationally, is known for his world-class athletic ability and hard playing style.

"I spoke with Coach Pitino yesterday and Louisville offered a scholarship," Brewster coach Jason Smith told InsideTheVille.com Tuesday. "Coach Pitino has seen Emanuel play a lot during the past two years. He said he likes his style and how hard he plays and thinks he'd fit in well with how they do things in Louisville."

Pitino also chatted with the talented Negedu and personally expressed his programs interest.

"Emanuel spoke with Coach Pitino for the first time yesterday," Smith said. "He's starting to do a little research on Louisville and learning more about their program. I know he was excited to speak with Coach Pitino."

Negedu played last weekend at the Real Deal on the Hill in Arkansas and Smith said the Cardinals were keeping tabs. Apparently, Negedu's play convinced Pitino and his staff that it was time to extend a formal offer.


Pitino offered Negedu on Monday.

"I think they saw him a lot last summer in Vegas and one of the assistants saw him in Arkansas last weekend," Smith said.

Though he's an undersized power forward right now, Negedu has started to show some flashes that he could develop into a wing player at the next level. Smith compared Negedu to one of his former Big East players who currently stars for Connecticut in the Big East Conference.

"The biggest comparison that I can give you is that he's very similar to Jeff Adrian, who also played for us at Brewster Academy," said Smith. "He's undersized, but he's a freak athletically. You won't find many players more athletic than him. He's got a 40 plus inch vertical and he's cut his forehead more than once on the rim. He's a combo forward - more of a four right now. But he has some skills to become a perimeter player down the road."

On the recruiting front, Negedu is getting plenty of attention from some big time programs around the nation. He'll visit Arizona next week and appears to have a pretty solid list of favorites.

"He's taking an unofficial visit to Arizona next weekend," Smith said. "He's still probably open with his recruitment. Tennessee, Indiana, Miami and New Mexico are also involved, (though) I think Arizona has been recruiting him the longest."


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