Pitino Gives Insight on Team’s Progression

Posted on Oct 10 2012 - 2:21pm by Charlie Roth

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In an interview with CBSSports.com’s John Rothstein, Rick Pitino gave some insight on the players’ progression and how the team, as a whole, is coming along.

Here are some quotes from Pitino.

  • “We’re high on our potential but until we start practicing every day we don’t have a real feel of what we are yet.”
  • When asked about Louisville’s depth, Pitino said, “We have 10-11 guys that can play. The only difference between our 1st and 2nd team really is Gorgui Dieng.”
  • On Kevin Ware, “He’s made a significant jump. He’s a totally different player. He’ll start for us at two guard.”
  • On Luke Hancock, “He was named co-captain without ever playing a game. That should tell everyone what we think of him.”
  • On Wayne Blackshear, “The fact that he’s healthy heading into the season is crucial.”
  • On Peyton Siva, “He’s one of the top five people I’ve met in my life. He was a combo that we made into a point guard.”
  • On Gorgui Dieng, “He will be one of the premier shot blocker’s in the country. He’s up to 248 pounds.”
  • On Chane Behanan, “He had a great ending to last season. We’ll see how he progresses as a sophomore.”
  • On Russ Smith, “He’s not just a great offensive player. He didn’t play a stitch of D when he got here + now he’s a great defender.”
  • On Montrezl Harrell, “Unless someone is Anthony Davis, you have no idea how a freshman is going to play in college.”
  • On the team in general, “We have so many weapons. We’re not sure who will come to the forefront on a night to night basis.”
  • Pitino’s projected starting lineup–Peyton Siva, Kevin Ware, Luke Hancock, Chane Behanan, Gorgui Dieng.
  • On Big East, “DePaul is going to much improved. I think they’ll make a jump similar to what South Florida made last year.”
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  1. Cardbaby October 10, 2012 at 4:22 pm - Reply

    Anyone else interested what is going on with Blackshear? Based on last year I'd say Ware would be the third option to start behind Blackshear and Russtastic… I like Ware though…

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  2. Rick J October 10, 2012 at 6:00 pm - Reply

    It is a surprise that Wayne isn't among the starters, which could be a Pitino mind game (he does play them , doesn't he), or maybe Wayne just isn't in shape yet. He certainly has talent, we should expect to see him play major minutes even if he doesn't start.

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  3. Brent Lepping October 10, 2012 at 8:18 pm - Reply

    Gotta chalk that one up to mind games. Also, I’m sure there won’t be any one set starting line up. I’m sure it’ll change, especially against certain teams.

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