Pitino watches prospects in Cincinnati

Rick Pitino was back in Cincinnati Tuesday tracking prospects at the Adidas Take Five Classic. InsideTheVille.com has the scoop on which prospects the Louisville coach came to watch.

The first prospect Rick Pitino watched Tuesday morning at the Adidas Take Five Classic: Fab Melo, the nation's fifth-ranked prospect. Melo didn't disappoint with Pitino watching from the stands. Melo scored 13 points and dominated as the Kentucky Gators couldn't match his size in the paint. Billy Donovan and Jim Boeheim were also looking on. Florida State had an assistant present, too.

In the afternoon, Pitino took a courtside seat to watch 2010 point guard Russ Smith from Brooklyn, NY. Smith was impressive for the Juice All-Stars as he knocked down a pull-up three, got past his man for easy baskets with some slick handles, and made some steals that resulted in several breakaway baskets, including an impressive dunk. Smith said his father is close with Louisville assistant Steve Masiello and the Cardinals are a team to watch when the 6-1 guard makes a decision later this summer.


2010 PG Russ Smith

After watching Smith, Pitino briefly watched 2011 guard Tony Kimbro. The 6-5 Kimbro grabbed several rebounds at the defensive end and knocked in a deep three before Pitino left the main gym to catch the Derek Smith All-Stars vs. Florida Rams 16-and-under game.

Pitino checked out 6-3 Remy Abell, a 2011 rising junior who plays the point for Eastern High School in Louisville and helped lead the DSAS to an easy win over the Florida Rams. Abell has good size for a point guard and rammed home a vicious dunk in the contest. He also showed solid floor skills and a well-rounded game.

Pitino also might have had his eye on Malik Martin for the future. Martin, a 6'8 forward with impressive perimeter skills, will be a freshman next season for Mark Lieberman at Monsignor Pace in Miami. Louisville fans should know that's the same program that produced Louisville freshman Rakeem Buckles.

In the early evening, Pitino watched Fab Melo go head-to-head with 6-10 Michael Chandler – a 2011 Louisville commit. Chandler won the matchup – and the game as his Chicago Express team advanced in the playoffs past Melo and the Florida Rams. Chandler finished with 11 points and two rebounds while Melo had four points, six boards and three blocked shots.


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