Jeff Goodman, a college basketball Insider for ESPN recently surveyed more than 200 college coaches and got their thoughts on who the most feared assistant coaches are on the recruiting trail. In an Insider article on Wednesday afternoon, Goodman ranked the top 21 most feared assistant coaches based on the feedback he got from the college coaches. Louisville assistant Kevin Keatts came in at No 3.
3. Kevin Keatts, Louisville
It hasn’t taken the former Hargrave Military Academy prep school coach long to make his mark at the college ranks. He had a fairly brief stint as an assistant at Marshall, but he’s already pulled Montrezl Harrell, Luke Hancock, (transfer from George Mason) Chris Jones, Terry Rozier and Anton Gill in his first three seasons under Rick Pitino. He also helped the Cards land a pledge from highly ranked guard JaQuan Lyle. Without Keatts getting Hancock and Harrell, Louisville doesn’t cut down the nets last season.
It’s no secret that Kevin Keatts has had a major role in Louisville’s success over the past two seasons. In each year that Keatts has been with the program, Louisville has one Final Four appearance and one National Championship.
Unfortunately for Rick Pitino, I’m not sure how much longer Keatts will be around. As long as Louisville continues to have success, I suspect Keatts will have head coaching opportunities in the near future.
Although Keatts is recognized as Pitino’s top assistant, he’s not the only one whose played a big role in the programs recent success. Wyking Jones has done a great job as well and played a huge part in landing the commitment from Seattle native Shaqquan Aaron. Kareem Richardson did well enough to earn a head coaching job after just one season. Pitino’s newest assistant, Mike Balado, also has a great reputation on the recruiting trail.
ESPN Top 21 Assistant Coaches (Inside Article)