Louisville making push for Romero Osby

PITTSBURGH - Louisville is making a strong push for Mississippi's Romero Osby. Rick Pitino personally tracked the 6-8 forward all weekend long at the Pitt Jamfest, making clear Louisville's interest. What does Osby think about Louisville?

Louisville is making a strong push for Mississippi's Romero Osby. Rick Pitino personally tracked the 6-8 forward all weekend long at the Pitt Jamfest, making clear Louisville's interest.

Osby definitely noticed the attention Pitino was giving, too.

"I saw coaches from Kentucky, Tennessee, and Mississippi State watching me this weekend," Osby told InsideTheVille.com. "Coach Calhoun from UConn watched me twice and I saw Coach Pitino three times."

Pitino caught Osby a fourth time Sunday afternoon during a semifinal matchup against Grassroots Canada. The Louisville's coach's hard work in Pittsburgh certainly seemed to make an impression on Osby.

"I like Coach (Rick) Pitino," Osby said. "He has a track-record of putting guys in the NBA and that's my main goal. He's a legendary coach."

What does Pitino see in Osby?

He likely sees a skilled and versatile prospect that can light it up from the perimeter and play multiple positions on the court.

"He's a 6-8 kid that can shoot," said Osby's AAU coach, Mark Komara. "He's easily a Top 20 player in the country. He's legit. And he's an even better person than he is a player. He comes from a great family."

If Pitino hopes to land Osby, he'll have to beat some pretty fast company. Kansas has been involved the longest and figures to be a tough out. Three SEC teams are also heavily involved - Mississippi State, Tennessee and Alabama. Kentucky is in the mix, too, as are the UConn Huskies.

Does Komara, who once coached former Louisville center Marvin Stone, think Pitino and the Cardinals have a legitimate chance to land his latest star forward?

"There's no question they do," he said.

Louisville really started turning up the hear on Osby after his stellar performance in Arkansas at the Real Deal on the Hill in early April. U of L assistant Marvin Menzies recently traveled to Osby's high school, and coupled with Pitino's attentive approach in Pittsburgh, could have Louisville positioned to make a move with Osby later this summer.


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