Instead of hunkering down in front of the television on Super Bowl Sunday like most Americans, the Louisville coach was in New York watching a high school basketball clash between two of the city's top hoops powers – Christ the King and Rice.
On display: Kadeem Jack, a fast-rising 6-9, 205-pound senior power forward from Rice H.S., the same high school that produced Edgar Sosa. Jack was held in check by Christ the King as he finished with just 10 points in a 60-52 loss.
You won't currently find Jack rated highly in the Scout.com rankings. He's currently ranked the No. 43 power forward in the Class of 2010. But with his stock on the rise, Jack will likely be heading up the charts this spring.
High major coaches are taking notice of his play this season. Arizona, UConn, Florida, Seton Hall, Miami, UCLA, West Virginia and Arkansas have offered scholarships. Sunday, Pitino and Billy Donovan were in the gym checking out the explosive forward.
Jack, considered one of the top unsigned big men nationally by Scout.com, will be a hot commodity this spring for top programs seeking front court help next season. He recently made his first official visit to Arizona and is planning a few more visits before he makes a decision this spring.
Louisville is definitely in the market for inside help. The Cardinals are making a strong run at 6-foot-10 Huntington (WV) C/PF Gorgui Dieng and are a favorite to land the promising sleeper prospect. Whether or not Louisville gets serious with Jack could depend on what Dieng does. Rick Pitino has seen Dieng play on numerous occasions and Louisville assistant Walter McCarty attended Dieng's game Monday against Oak Hill Academy.