Mardo is Two & Through + Other Pitino Postulations

The Rick confirmed the obvious at a hastily called Wednesday morning press conference.

Samardo Samuels, despite his long shot odds of playing in the NBA next season, is staying in the draft.

Pitino indicated it was parental pressure. “Where Samardo lives isn’t New York or Chicago poverty,” he said, indicating the dire living existence of Samuels’ family. Apparently any income soon will be helpful.

“I don’t stand in the way of family decisions,” the coach said.

The coach indicated that the Trailblazers are the only team that’s shown interest thus far in Samuels.

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U of L also announced the LOI signings of Justin Coleman, who apparently is not quite academically eligible yet, and Elisha Justice, whom The Rick has dubbed, “The Bullet.” The leader of Shelby Valley’s state champs was awarded the scholly that opened up with Samuels’ departure.

Pitino twice indicated they expect the paper work on the signing of Gorgui Dieng to arrive Thursday. The coach didn’t name the prepster because of NCAA rules.

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Peyton Siva will spend the end of this month on a Reach USA squad that will play 9 games in China. UK’s Jon Hood and Josh Harrelson are also on the squad.

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Pitino was decidedly upbeat about next season.

“I’m really excited about the future.”

He explained that he couldn’t really run his system because of personnel last season. There will be much more defensive pressure, kamikaze basketball.

“Next year’s team will be what Louisville basketball is all about. We will be very athletic.

“The biggest question mark is at point guard. Peyton needs to step up.”

The coach indicated that Manhattan transfer Chris Smith and signee Russ Smith will battle Mike Marra for time at the #2 slot. That Coleman will play the #3 with Kuric. That Rakeem Buckles and Jared Swopshire will play the #4. And that, with Samuels’ abdication, Terrence Jennings will man the middle. “TJ has a totally changed attitude now that Samuels is gone.”

Given the praise Pitino heaped on Justice, one assumes he sees a big role for him behind Siva next season.

All the players will be in Louisville during the summer.

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Pitino seemed to indicate that David Padgett is getting into coaching and will be on Kevin Willard’s staff at Seton Hall.

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Pitino, as he has done in the past, continually made references to the Louisville brand.

– Seedy K


  1. doug
    Posted May 5, 2010 at 5:57 pm | Permalink

    I think Samardo is making a big mistake, but I wish him the best. He will go down as one of my least favorite players over the past 40 years. I won’t miss him, Edgar, or Jerry.
    I’m going to be optimistic about next year’s team using the “addition by subtraction ” theory. A total overhaul might be the best thing for the bunch returning.
    (In his 2 years as a Cardinal, I never felt Mardo really wanted to be here. His body language spoke volumes.)

  2. fred
    Posted May 5, 2010 at 7:02 pm | Permalink

    We have covered $$ many,many times. He can’t handle the ball, he can’t face the basket, he can’t beat off the dribble, the double team confounded him and he sulks. I never saw the talent. I wish him well. He and his family must be desperate. Rick is right (of course) I think that with this subtraction, along with departures of Edgar, Jerry and Delk (loved em all, won’t miss a one) he has a much more athletic team that can play an upbeat, swarming game. And God knows, he’s now got depth at EVERY spot.

  3. dough
    Posted May 6, 2010 at 12:11 pm | Permalink

    Big talk all morning on sports shows about ‘Mardo leaving and as such, who is the favorite for the upcoming UofL-UK game-not baseball,

  4. dough
    Posted May 6, 2010 at 12:14 pm | Permalink

    Big buzz this am on all the sports talk shows about ‘Mardo leaving and as such, who will now be the favorite for the upcoming UofL-UofK game-not baseball or football but yeh, you guessed it, basketball. Let’s see, don’t they play that late December or early January?
    Seedy K nailed it!

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