Thursday, April 18, 2013
Pitino to build off first commitment?
By Nic Reiner
Richard Pitino landed his first recruit at Minnesota with the commitment of Daquein McNeil (Baltimore/Vermont Academy), reported the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. Pitino has now landed his first commit and will attempt to keep the momentum in his pursuit for former Minnesota commits who decommitted after the departure of Tubby Smith
The 6-foot-3 point guard McNeil originally committed to Florida International, where Pitino was previously head coach, and brings to the table offensive playmaking ability and solid court vision. He's also shown the potential to be an excellent defender. Pitino now turns to three-star Chicago natives, guard Alvin Ellis (Chicago/De La Salle Institute) and forward Alex Foster (Chicago/Seton Academy), who decommitted but are still considering Minnesota in their recruitment process. Landing either one will be impressive and key going into next season, especially given how rich the state of Minnesota is in the class of 2014. The tail end of the spring recruiting signing period may give some hints about Pitino's chances in the area going forward.