Pitino interested in Donte Minter

6'8 240, Donte Minter recently received a visit from University of Louisville Head Coach Rick Pitino and Assistant Coach Mick Cronin. ITV spoke with Fork Union Head Coach Fletcher Arritt and got the scoop.

Minter receiving interest from Pitino

Donte Minter, a 6'8, 230 power forward originally from Salisbury, N.C. is receiving interest from the Louisville Cardinals and Coach Rick Pitino.

According to FUMA Head Coach Fletcher Arritt, Pitino and Assistant Coach Mick Cronin attended a Fork Union game a couple weeks back in Virginia and have followed up with phone calls and letters since the visit.

Fletcher said Pitino expressed interest in having Minter visit the UofL campus this spring on an official visit.

Minter, who led West Rowan to a 30-0 record and the NCHSAA 3-A title in 2002 and scored 29 points in the championship game against Winston-Salem Parkland, signed with Appalachian State last year but failed to qualify academically and instead enrolled at Fork Union Military Academy in Virginia where he's enjoyed great success this season for Coach Fletcher Arritt.

Minter was considered a top 150 recruit by several recruiting services last season and his play at FUMA this season has done nothing but boost his stock.  In fact, several high division one schools have expressed considerable interest in Minter. 

According to Fletcher, Virginia, Virginia Tech and Marquette have offered.  Indiana, Kentucky, Charlotte, Ohio State and Clemson are also showing considerable interest.  And North Carolina sent an assistant earlier this season to evaluate.

So what does Minter do best?

"Score," Arritt said of the 6'8 lefty.  And by all accounts, Minter is a big time scorer in the paint.

"He's been very good and he's scored well for us," Arritt told TheInsidersHoops. "I think he's scored comfortably in our system."

"He's lost about 20 pounds and has been excellent this season," Fletcher said.

Arritt compared Minter to former UNCC star forward, DeMarco Johnson, a two time C-USA Player of the Year.

Minter has had several big scoring games this season.  He scored 32 points against Hargrave Military in the Fork Union Holiday Tournament, 28 against Penn's JV, and scored 40 points against Notre Dame Prep of Fitchburg, MA last week.  Minter is averaging over 20 points per game this season.

However, athleticism or lack there of is the biggest question about Minter's ability to play at the highest level.

Fletcher didn't seem worried about Minter's athleticism.

"Can he jump up and touch the top of the square on the backboard?" Fletcher asked retorically.

"No," Fletcher answered. "But that stuff is overrated. He's a basketball player."

"We've had Mel Turpin, Dale Solomon of Virginia Tech, and Chris Washburn who was the number one player and he's (Minter) in there with that group," Fletcher said.

Inside theVille will keep close tabs on Minter's recruitment this spring.

 


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