Saturday, February 6, 2010

Pitino Lands Coleman for 2010

Louisville and Coach Rick Pitino got a much-needed 2010 commitment from Huntington, WV swingman Justin Coleman. Coleman is considered a top-25 prospect and held an offer from Kentucky amongst other traditional powers. Coleman was originally from Richmond, VA.

Coleman is just what the doctor ordered for Pitino. He said earlier in the season that the Cards needed to get "more-athletic". Coleman will be the solution to the coach's alleged problems. He is known as an explosive leaper and has a halfway decent jumper that extends beyond
the 3-point arch. With Reginald Delk graduating after this season, Coleman will more-than-likely step into the backup at the small forward next year.

Eligibility is an issue with Coleman. The guy hasn't qualified yet, but according to Jody Demling, is working very hard to get himself able to play next year. As opposed to other conferences, the Big East does not accept partial qualifiers so the fact that Coleman even committed to Louisville is an advantage. Pitino will give his damndest to get the guy that.

The fact that the Cards can wait this long to get a top-notch recruit is a testament to the coaching staff's persistance and a knock on people's doubts about their abilities. Hopefully he gets eligible and can help the team next season. Coleman will join fellow necomers in Manhattan tranfer Chris Smith and New York's Russ Smith, both guards.

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