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Richard Pitino follows father's recruiting footsteps

Richard Pitino and his staff were intent on making a big splash upon arriving at Minnesota in April 2013.

Or at least they were obligated to try.

Tyus Jones, Rashad Vaughn and Reid Travis were all local five-star prospects. Pitino’s predecessor was let go in large part because of his lackluster reputation on the recruiting trail, so Pitino had no choice but to jump in feet first and try to catch the dozens of other programs that had been recruiting the trio for years.