The Louisville basketball team got their practices started over the weekend and the first Red & White scrimmage is just four days away. With the season quickly approaching, Rick Pitino has been making his local radio rounds. Last night Pitino was a guest on 84WHAS and this morning he called in to 790WKRD.
The majority of both conversations were regarding his new book, “The One Day Contract,” which is now on sale. Pitino will be signing copies of the book on Thursday, Oct. 3 from 7-8:30 p.m. at Molly Malone’s Irish Pub and Restaurant, located at 3900 Shelbyville Rd.
Coach P also spent some time talking about the early practices and gave an update on some of his players. One player in particular that Pitino talked about was fifth year senior center Stephan Van Treese. Things could obviously change from now until the season opener, but Pitino says he expects Van Treese to be the starter.
“Van Treese will start at the five,” Pitino tells Early Birds host Jody Demling. “You could go with Chane and Montrezl, but I think right now I’d go with Van Treese to start and have Chane and Montrezl finish the game. Van Treese just makes everyone around him better.”
Pitino also noted that starting really doesn’t matter, but I think his comment goes to show you that SVT will have a bigger role than some expect. The stats may not show it, but Van Treese will be a key piece to this year’s team, in my opinion.
He’s a veteran big man with valuable experience and understands his role. SVT may not be able to do some of the things that Montrezl Harrel can, but you also know exactly what you’re going to get from him. He’ll rebound, set good screens and give you 100% effort.