Pitino breaks down the players

Louisville's Rick Pitino broke down each player on his 2008-09 roster at the annual tipoff luncheon Tuesday afternoon. InsideTheVille.com has the scoop.

Pitino Breakdown

George Goode: George sat out last year. He loved Louisville so much he wanted to spend five years instead of four. George has outstanding potential and shoots it real well. It did hurt him sitting out last year but he's working extremely hard right now getting into shape and can help at both the four and five spot.

Kyle Kuric: This is (Walter McCarty's) first recruit. We're happy to have him on our team.

Jared Swopshire: Jared has as good an attitude as I've seen in quite some time. He just does everything you tell him and does it with class. He works extremely hard-and sounds like Barry White.(NOTE: Swopshire came in at 157 and now weighs 210 pounds).

Samardo Samuels and Terrence Jennings: They have to log a lot of minutes. These two guys have to play significant minutes right away because of the absence of David Padgett. They're both very physical and physically ready to play. (Samardo) can physically hold his own with anyone in the country. (Terrence) is very athletic and just has to learn the fundamentals.

Lee Steiden: Lee is a very good shooter and a terrific worker. He had his mouth wired shut after surgery and lost a lot of weight. He's just now getting his strength back.

Preston Knowles: He plays extremely hard. Preston had a great freshman season and is a tenacious defensive basketball player. He's an underrated shooter – very good shooter.

Chris Brickley: He transferred in and is sitting out two years to play one because he wants to get a full season instead of a half season. He spends the most time in the gym. He doesn't get any better but he's in the gym all the time. He's actually a very good basketball player.

Edgar Sosa: He had a terrific freshman season and a good sophomore season. Edgar went through the (sophomore jinx) a little bit. But he is going to have a great junior season. He worked extremely hard all summer. He does it all and this season he's going to work hard on his defense and leave the cheerleading to our cheerleaders.

Reginald Delk: The tough part for him is he has to go against T-Will last year and this year. It's taught him how to work hard and become a better basketball player. He's getting the ultimate in competition.

Earl Clark: Working hard is an acquired skill and this young man has learned to work hard. He's a fabulous human being and a great guy. Earl Clark is a special young man and works extremely hard. His future in this game looks extremely bright.

Jerry Smith: He had a really good freshman and sophomore year. He's a blue-chipper. He just keeps getting better each year. He's tough defensively, tough mentally. He's now taking on a good leadership role.

Will Scott: He's a Rhodes Scholar candidate. We're real proud of Will. That's why he sucks on defense because of all the time he's putting into his academics.

Terrence Williams: We've got a pipeline to Seattle in recruiting right now because of the success and growth of T-Will. Whenever we go out there people are so complimentary of the way he has grown through his experience at Louisville. Right now there's not a kid in that part of the country that we can't get because of his happiness here and the way he's carried himself as a basketball player.

Andre McGee: Andre is the easiest guy to coach that I've ever been around. He competes every day, always has a smile on his face. He's a terrific leader.


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