The University of Louisville men’s basketball team received the paperwork for its final piece of the 2015 recruiting puzzle as 6’1 shooting guard Ryan McMahon signed to become the 5th member of head coach Rick Pitino’s latest haul. McMahon held a signing ceremony today at his high school (Cardinal Mooney in Sarasota, Florida) and will join fellow incoming freshmen Donovan Mitchell, Ray Spalding and Deng Adel, as well as 5th year graduate transfer Trey Lewis, as the latest batch of UofL newcomers. McMahon committed to the Cardinals back in February but could not formally sign his paperwork until today (which marks the beginning of the spring signing period for high school players).
McMahon, of course, comes to Louisville as a bit of a mystery. Pitino was the only high major coach to give him a formal scholarship offer (Tulsa , Davidson and Butler were also sniffing around) and his scrawny frame (6’1, 160 lbs) needs plenty of developing. That said, this is also a kid who averaged 26.4 points per game and shot over 50% from behind the three point line as a senior. Pitino told Terry Meiners earlier this week in a brief radio appearance that McMahon will likely redshirt this season. Though, no matter how he is used in 2015-2016, the fact remains that he can still be a vital part of this program’s future which is in dire need of shooters.
McMahon plans on arriving in Louisville in time for May classes, which should give him a solid amount of time to work out with his future teammates on campus this summer.