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June 14, 2004
Just a Minute With Justin Young
Wow, what a weekend in the recruiting world. In this edition of Just a Minute, we take a look at the recruiting haul for Louisville, the NBA Draft, the Junior World Championships and what’s next for ESPN’s coverage of high school hoops.
Louisville stockpiled a bulk of recruits like they were at a members-only warehouse club this weekend. First, former Kansas center David Padgett announced he will transfer and play for Coach Rick Pitino. Padgett will sit out a year and have three seasons of eligibility remaining. The Reno, Nev., native averaged 6.5 points and 4.5 rebounds last season for the Jayhawks.
Andre McGee made Rick Pitino a happy man.
Many believed he would transfer to North Carolina and play for Roy Williams, the coach who recruited Padgett to Kansas. But that wasn’t the case. Padgett's announcement was only the first good news of the weekend for Louisville.
A number of top 150 recruits came to perhaps the single most impressive team camp of the year. So it came as no surprise that the Cardinals reeled in two top 40 players after the talent-laden event. Californians Andre McGee and Amir Johnson said they will return to Louisville as players next season.
McGee may be the most valuable player in the group. He’s rated the No. 4 point guard in the country by Rivals.com, but more importantly, he is the first highly-rated point guard to most likely play for Pitino at Louisville. Super recruit Sebastian Telfair toyed with Cardinal fans’ hearts before deciding to skip college and test the draft waters of the NBA. A lucrative shoe deal later, the hopes of Telfair ever playing at Louisville were dead.
McGee helps ease the loss. He’s a heady and smart player who should thrive in the Louisville program.
Johnson, a 6-foot-9, 204-pound forward, is the latest talented pivotman to pledge to the Cardinals. He’ll join Juan Palacios, Brian Johnson, Terrence Farley and Padgett on the frontline, if every player sticks around for awhile. Johnson is a bouncy player who runs the floor well and has solid shot-blocking abilities. He has the potential to become an all-conference type of player.
One of the main reasons why McGee and Johnson - and even Lamar Roberson - picked Louisville can be traced to the efforts of assistant coach Reggie Theus. The former NBA star and actor has ties in Golden State and has worked relentlessly in his former home. Those efforts are now paying off. And the crew isn’t done. Seattle wing Terrence Williams and Utah big man Brayden Bell were also at the camp this weekend and have Louisville high on their respective lists. The lead recruiter for both of those players? Yep, Theus.
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|06-14-2004 11:24 AM