Rick Pitino Blog Update

Posted on Aug 25 2011 - 2:40pm by Brent Lepping

Kevin Ware has not be cleared to play


Continuing with the new-found tradition, below is a summary of Rick Pitino’s latest blog entry. You can read the entry in its entirety here.

Here’s a sample of some thoughts on certain players after individual instruction this week:

Gorgui Dieng– is a quick learner, good foot work and is getting stronger each week.

VT– Needs to become an enforcer on this team.  Play with reckless abandonment.  If he does that, he will help us win. He can make great strides this year.

Zach Price – Hard worker and eager to learn. Being a lefty is an advantage for a big man.  His future is bright.

Chane Behanan– He is flat out gifted.  Hard worker with natural talent. It’s all about the fundamentals with him.

Richard had a private work out with Mark Jackson and Wayne Blackshear. It will take Wayne a few weeks before he can compete. He has been inactive for 5 months but should be ready to go by October 14th.

Small Guards:

Peyton Siva – speed merchant keeps improving.  Top 3 attitudes I have ever coached along with tremendous leadership skills.  Improved jump shot.  Balance is also the key with him.

Russ Smith – Not a great individual workout player. Foot work and balance needs improvement.  He has made a big turnaround since moving to the two guard.


Kyle Kuric – The king is consistent and hard working.  Has improved his handles.  Smart, tough, and versatile .

Luke Hancock – Going to be terrific in our system. Triple threat offensive player. This year sitting out will be great for him.  Just love his potential.

Jared Swopshire – Had his first individual in over a year. His toughest road block will be mentally overcoming his injury. Will be ready by October 14th.  We need him.

Angel Nunez – The similarities to Francisco Garcia are striking. He doesn’t have Cisco’s affable personality yet but we will give it time. Potential is what he is all about. Maybe not strong enough especially on defense to contribute this year but his future is extremely bright. Smooth stroke and good rebounder. Can play multiple positions.

Kevin Ware- Still has not been cleared to play.

Also found it incredibly interesting to see Coach P go right after the runners and agents that seem to be controlling the AAU circuit and influencing the college choices of so many top-level players:

Shoe companies indirectly fund runners. Runners are tied into AAU programs. Agents are pulling the strings of the top high school players and families.  Everyone senses it but does not know how to alleviate the problem. 

It is now the job of the NCAA enforcement area to have their guardian angels step up and right the ship. Compliance now becomes the undermanned enforcement arm.  Just food for thought …


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