Kuric gets big surprise from Louisville

Evansville standout shooting guard Kyle Kuric received some huge – and surprising - news from Rick Pitino during his official visit to Louisville this weekend.

Evansville standout shooting guard Kyle Kuric received some huge – and surprising - news from Rick Pitino during his official visit to Louisville this weekend.

For the past couple months, Louisville had been recruiting Kuric hoping the 6-foot-5 senior would walk-on and redshirt next season for the Cardinals before earning a scholarship for the 2009-10 season. But that all changed during his visit to U of L over the weekend.

"It went well, it went real well," Kuric told InsideTheVille.com about his visit to Louisville. "They changed the offer from walk-on and redshirt to next year I could have a scholarship offer from them. Pretty much they told me where I fit in with the players that they're trying to bring in and the players that they have."

The news of Louisville's scholarship offer caught Kuric and his family off-guard.

"I didn't know before the visit," he said. "I thought we were still doing the walk-on, redshirt deal. I sat down with Coach Pitino and his staff and we talked about it and he told me about their offer."

Kuric has already visited Southern Illinois and Michigan. He'll visit Michigan officially next weekend and trip to St. Louis later this month. Heading into the Louisville visit, Kuric said the Wolverines and Saluki's topped his list. But Pitino's offer has given Kuric something to think about.

"It complicates things a little bit," Kuric said. "I wasn't real sure I wanted to walk-on, but now that I don't have to it changes everything and puts Louisville in the picture again. They're right there. I was definitely leaning toward Michigan and Southern Illinois, but this definitely complicates it."

Did the visit to Louisville help move Kuric closer to a decision?

"Not really," he said. "It really moved me a little further away. I still plan on deciding anywhere between two weeks from now or early or mid October."

Kuric arrived in Louisville early Thursday and spent the next couple days getting to know the U of L players and coaches, touring facilities and getting a feel for the school and the Louisville campus.

"I got there Thursday afternoon and went to the football game and hung out with the players the rest of the night," Kuric said. "The next morning I went to breakfast and met with Coach (Piitno), toured some facilities and played (pickup) with the players. Saturday I went over to Coach Pitino's house and had breakfast with my parents and all the coaches."

Having visited both Michigan and Louisville, and with his official visit to Ann Arbor looming in the near future, here's what Kuric had to say about the Wolverines and Cardinals:

"I like both coaches a lot," Kuric said. "I didn't get to hang out with the players on my last visit to Michigan. Louisville's facilities are the best in the country. Their new practice facility is incredible, the best in the country by far. I know Michigan is renovating and updating their facilities, but as far as both schools go I like them both."


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