McGee in best shape of his career

Rick Pitino told last month that his 2008-09 team will use an all-out, blitzing press this season. Andre McGee, Louisville's senior point guard, got the message - and got in the best shape of his career during the off-season.

"During the off-season I did a lot of work on my body and a lot of running because coach (Pitino) has talked to us about pressing more and being up tempo this season and trying to score a lot more points," McGee told

As a junior, the Moreno Valley, Ca. native had 44 steals and helped Louisville generate a relentless full court press that carried the team all the way to the NCAA Elite 8, where the Cardinals finally succumbed against top-seeded North Carolina in Charlotte, N.C.

Now, the leaner, quicker McGee plans to pick up where he and the Cardinals left off last March. "I've really picked up my conditioning and slimmed down a lot. I'm feeling real good," McGee said. "I've lost about 15 pounds. I want to play at around 170 – I'm around 175 right now."

Besides McGee, Pitino can turn to a slew of talented and experienced guards to turn up the pressure on opponents with the full court press.

"With me, Edgar, Jerry and four really get after it," said McGee. "That's four guys at the front of the press and that's the start of everything. We can rush (opponents) decision making and force them to throw the ball away. That's something we've got to do this year."

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