New names on Pitino's radar

Rick Pitino is back on the recruiting trail this week as the second July evaluation period gets underway and two new 2011 prospects have emerged on the Louisville coach's watchlist. has the scoop.

As the second July evaluation period gets underway this week, two new names have emerged on Louisville coach Rick Pitino's watchlist: Cleveland, MS power forward Johnny O'Bryant and Baltimore, MD shooting guard Nick Faust.

New Louisville assistant Tim Fuller has opened the door with O'Bryant, a 6-foot-8, 235-pound big man who is regarded for his athleticism and rebounding prowess. O'Bryant is rated the No. 18 prospect nationally in the Class of 2011 by, and Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Kansas, Georgetown, LSU, Georgia Tech and Kentucky are on his list.

"Louisville has been calling," O'Bryant's mother told "I have spoken with Coach Fuller. It's been going great."

Next up for O'Bryant, the AAU Showcase in Orlando, Florida. "I don't have any favorites," O'Bryant told, the Mississippi State website on "I will probably narrow it down to five schools right after (the) Orlando (AAU national championship tournament)."

Nick Faust
Faust, one of the top performers at the NBA Top 100 Camp and King City Classic, has emerged this summer as one of the top perimeter prospects in the Class of 2011. Faust, a 6-foot-5, 172-pound guard, was named the 'Surprise Player' at the NBA Camp in June and wowed's Dave Telep in Cleveland two weeks ago.

"He's got the feel of a kid who will push for Top 25 status," Telep reported. "He's hungry and smoking hot. We left [the gym] Thursday night after seeing a barrage of 3s. Early Friday morning the only noticeable change was that LeBron was in South Beach. His past two days displayed his range, overall game and significant month-to-month improvement."

Faust told that he's spoken with the Louisville coaching staff recently, who informed him that, "the [Cardinals] would be a great fit for me and that I could come in and be an impact player [at Louisville]."

Faust, currently a four-star prospect rated the No. 18 shooting guard nationally, has boosted his stock this summer and will probably see his ranking rise in the next updates. Faust also will be playing in Orlando this week.

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