Scoggins: Recruiting is key for Pitino

  • Article by: CHIP SCOGGINS , Star Tribune
  • Updated: April 6, 2013 - 12:20 AM

By the time Richard Pitino stepped onto a stage inside Williams Arena on Friday morning, he already had begun the process of selling himself and his vision to this state’s crop of high-level recruits.

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dewarfApr. 5, 1310:32 PM

Go get 'em, Rich. 5 blue-chippers in the next two years right here in MN/Western WI. I agree with Chip, Tubby had no shot at getting more than one. Look what Bill Musselman did when that 'youngster' came to The U in the early 70s. Rich's style and age give him a big leg up with these recruits. He at least gives Minnesota a shot at keeping the best locals at home. Go Gophs. P.S It will be fun watching Dre and Austin Hollins, Ellenson, and Buggs blossom under this up-tempo style of play. I can't wait to see players GET BETTER during their four years. Finally!

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jplamp9Apr. 5, 1310:37 PM

Pitino has the look of a hungry young salesman who is willing to run through a brick wall to attract recruits. Combine a talented young, persuasive coach with a strong aptitude and incredible drive and it's time to buy season tickets.

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melonicityApr. 5, 1311:14 PM

and if you're still upset that tubby was fired... :P

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hobie2Apr. 5, 1311:26 PM

Reading Tyrus Jones scouting report and having seen the playing styles of Rich Patino's Florida Intl team and the teams where he was assistant coach - Louisville and Florida - and where he was apparently active in developing that style and strategy, you have to be blind not to see that Jones and Rich Patino are peas in a pod -"very mature for his age"..."great basketball sense".. "improves people around him"..."work ethic"... I am not pushing for the two to work together, because that is an individual thing each has to decide for themselves, but Patino and Jones are probably the best fit of player and coach mind and ethic that has come around in a long time - and if they don't kill each other by overwork, the two may be far better than the sum of the parts... But - Patino wants to win every year and he may not want to be a one year stop for the NBA bound - he might not want Jones unless Jones will be here for a year or two... On the other hand, if Jones thinks MN will be a winner, he just might decide the one-in-a-lifetime home town hero thing will last for 50 years if he does 4 years - and the MN team does have the personal connections to make him a number 1 pick in four - if he is good.

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mobydick1Apr. 6, 13 6:26 AM

It would seem to me that some of the corporate jets could be flying to a certain city at the same time Pitino is recruiting a potential Gopher player.

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Jakein08Apr. 6, 13 6:33 AM

I ;pve this new coach's potential and excitement he will bring to the program. Great hire Mr. Teague!

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ActTwoApr. 6, 1311:42 AM

With a little help from alum and boosters who have private jets, Pitino should be able to make the $50,000 travel allowance go a long ways.

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notsidApr. 6, 13 1:05 PM

I think that Teague made a great choice here and probably did have Pitino the Younger in mind all along contrary to what Uncle Sidney claims. Think about it, why on earth would Smart want to leave VCU or Stevens, Butler, given how good competitive those programs compared to the Gophers? Saunders was available, according to Uncle Sidney, but apparently only on his own terms, terms that wree unacceptable to the U of M. Saunders may also well have known that his terms would not be acceptable so insisting upon them was a way of satisfying the fans who wanted Saunders to be the new coach and Saunders who may not have wanted to be the new coach...a win win approach for all. It will be interesting to see if all of the current Gopher players can play consistently and with grit and confidence throughout the 2013-14 Big Ten conference season withut disappearing during so many games as they did in the 2013 season. One of the local ink stained sports writing wretches claimed that many of the Gophers this season were not of Big Ten caliber, which if true, explains their inconsistent play and their 9th play finish in conference play. That is, as has been said here all season, the Gophers were simply not a very good team over the course of conference play, contrary to the claims made by so many that they were so talented. It will be interesting to see if that "obvious talent" gets much playing time under Pitino the Younger.

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kev5115Apr. 6, 13 1:45 PM

I've said what Chip has said in this article for years now. Not only are there too many players on the roster that are not Big ten caliber they are not even DI caliber. That was one, among many things where Tubby failed. Its bad enough to have players that shouldn't be on a DI team but to give them quality minutes game in and game out is just poor coaching and decision making. The remaining players that were sorry to see Tubby go are the ones that should never have seen the floor in a game. You can bet that coach Pitino isn't going to be playing people that have no business on a DI team. Tubby was totally lazy in recruiting and gave scholarships to certain players that should have been playing at ST. Cloud state or a similar school.

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krb1maxApr. 6, 13 1:54 PM

Why is everyone concerned that if he does not land some of the big three next year it is a failure. I don't care where the 4 or 5 star recruits come from as long as he lands them. Yeah its nice to see home town kids play here but if they want a college experience away from home good for them. The key is getting good players who want to be here and play for Rich and the U

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