Today marked the beginning of the early signing period for the 2011 high school class, and Rick Pitino's Louisville Cardinals literally stole the show. The Cards picked up letters of intent from three unanimous top 75 recruits, and are expecting a fourth to roll in tomorrow from three-star swingman Angel Nunez. The suit is definitely in play.
For a program that struggled their way to a 20-13 record and a disappointing first round loss in the NCAA tourney, Pitino's haul arrives at the ideal time. And barring some sort of major shakeup, there's a good chance we're looking at a top five class here. Not bad Rick, not bad at all.
Chane Behanan-PF (Rivals #23 overall, ESPN #27 overall)
A 6'6" bull in the paint. Think of a Lazar Hayward-Draymond Green type of player when it comes to versatility.
Pitino says: "He has guard skills as well as forward skills. He's going to be a terrific Big East basketball player."
Wayne Blackshear-SG (Rivals #32 overall, ESPN #17 overall)
A raw scorer with a ridiculous 82.5" wingspan. Card Chronicle predicts he'll have "a bigger impact in his freshman season than any other during the Pitino era." We tend to agree with that sentiment.
Pitino says: "He has as much potential as any player that I have ever recruited."
Zach Price-PF/C (Rivals #72 overall, ESPN #50 overall)
A big body (6'11") with a surprisingly soft touch on his jumper. Could take a while to arrive, but he has the skill-set to make a serious impact in this offense.
Pitino says: "He has a very good scoring ability from outside, and he's a fundamentally sound basketball player."