Pitino and son eye top recruits at Jamfest

Pittsburgh - Rick Pitino and new Louisville assistant Richard Pitino spent Saturday watching some of the Cardinals top prospects, including a pair of Top 5 Class of 2008 talents - Tyreke Evans and Samardo Samuels, at the Pitt Jamfest.

Rick Pitino and new Louisville assistant Richard Pitino spent Saturday watching some of the Cardinals top prospects, including a pair of Top 5 Class of 2008 talents - Tyreke Evans and Samardo Samuels, at the Pitt Jamfest in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

There was no way for Evans' to miss Pitino Saturday. Every time the nation's second-ranked prospect went up for a layup, there was Pitino, sitting right on baseline directly beside the basket.

With Pitino and, son Richard looking on, Evans put up 15 points in a win against Metro Boston in an evening game at the Fitzgerald Center.

"I just wanted to play my same game, get everyone involved, and not change my game," Evans told InsideTheVille.com. "I wanted to make sure we got the win and kept on advancing."

Pitino was the most prominent head coach watching Evans' evening game. Villanova's Jay Wright was the only other head coach in attendance to see the talented 6-5 guard, though the Wildcats coach stood off to the side of the court. A North Carolina assistant was also on hand, but midway through the second half.


Samardo Samuels

Pitino, the head coach, also caught he 6-8 Samuels in action Saturday afternoon at the Peterson Center. He couldn't have been disappointed by what he witnessed. Despite a slow start in the first half because the Connecticut Young Gunz packed in their defense around the 240-pound star, Samuels finished with a bang: 25 points, an unofficial 10 boards and four blocked shots.

UConn's Jim Calhoun was also present for Samuels big game, as were assistants from North Carolina, Florida and Texas.

After the game, Samuels told InsideTheVille.com that Louisville was definitely in his Top 5 and that a visit to U of L is in the works for sometime in May or June.

Richard Pitino pulled Darius Miller and Kevin Jones, a 6-8 forward from Mount Vernon, New York, duty. Both Miller, a 6-6 forward from Mason County (KY), and Jones claim Louisville offers. Kentucky head coach Billy Gillespie and a Wildcat assistant were front row center for Miller's afternoon contest. An assistant from Tennessee was also on hand. Jones had a solid game with the younger Pitino watching. Jones scored from the perimeter, on the break and in the paint, finishing with 12 points, 8 rebounds and 2 blocks. Indiana, Louisville, Kentucky, Memphis, Rutgers, St. John's and UMass comprise his list.

Both Pitino and son also watched 2009 commit Lamont Jones during an evening game vs. New York Elite. And while we didn't stick around the gym, we presume that at least one of the Pitino's hung around for the next game featuring 2008 commit Melquan Bolding.

Stay tuned to InsideTheVille.com for upcoming features on Tyreke Evans, Samardo Samuels, Darius Miller, Kevin Jones and Lance Stephenson.


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