Louisville eyes 'Famous' junior college star

Rick Pitino might not be completely finished with his 2009 recruiting class. With a couple of frontcourt stars early NBA possibilities, the Cardinals are keeping tabs on one of the nation's top junior college prospects – 6'11, 235-pound Jarrid Famous of Westchester (NY) C.C.

Pitino hinted last week that his program could add one more prospect in the Class of 2009 to the fold next spring. Next week, Pitino is expected to travel to Westchester College to personally check out the talented forward/center.

"The first week of September Steve Masiello was up here," Westchester assistant Mickdoil Carey said. "A couple weeks later Richard Pitino came up. When I talked to Steve he talked about the guys they had there – Samardo (Samuels) and Earl Clark – who may or may not come back next year. He said they liked Jarrid Famous and thought he would fit their system."

Jarrid Famous is getting Big East attention.

Carey said Famous, a Bronx, NY native, is getting a lot of recruiting attention these days, especially from Big East programs. UConn coach Jim Calhoun recently stopped by Westchester to check him out. Villanova also recently got involved.

"He's also getting attention from high Atlantic 10 (schools) and a couple schools from the SEC, Conference USA and Big 12," Carey said. Seton Hall, West Virginia and Missouri are just some of the other schools on Famous' list. Famous made an official visit to Seton Hall last weekend.

Carey expects Famous to sign during the late period.

"He was a non-qualifier out of high school," said Carey. "He went to prep school and didn't qualify there so it's been a long road for him to get here. He understands that if he doesn't graduate this is all for nothing. Right now he is pretty much focused on school and the upcoming season."

Carey said Famous is on track academically to graduate.

On the court, Famous certainly has a lot of potential. He averaged 21.6 points and 10.9 rebounds last season, earning All-Region XV honors. He's widely considered one of the Top 20 junior college prospects in the nation this season.

"He's a big guy – 7-foot," said Carey. "He runs the floor. He has good hands. He can face up and knock down the 18-footer. So he fits (Louisville's) style of play well. He's more four (power forward) than five (center).

"He's very aggressive defensively. One thing he's very good at is helping weak-side because he's so athletic. So he is able to cover ground defensively very well."

In two games this season, Famous is averaging 25 points and 11 rebounds. Famous had 21 points and 10 rebounds against nationally-ranked Indian Hills, and came added 29 points and 12 boards against Moberly C.C.

"He was double and triple teamed in both games and played very well in each game," Carey said.

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