Rick Pitino comments on new signees


Three of the four members of Louisville’s 2017 class are officially signed. Darius Perry, Lance Thomas, and Malik Williams are all signed, sealed, and delivered. The last player is Jordan Nwora, who will sign later in the week. Rick Pitino released comments on each player.

Darius Perry – 6’2 Guard



“From the first time I saw him, I knew Darius was made for Louisville,” said Pitino.  “He can shoot, is defensive minded and can get up on you and press you for 94 feet — and is a combo guard that can play both backcourt positions.  He is someone that understands and loves the game.  His toughness and shooting ability was something we wanted on our team.  We’re super excited to have him with us.”

Lance Thomas – 6’8 Forward



“Lance has as much potential as any player that I have recruited,” said Pitino.  “He’s long, shoots and passes well, and understands the game.  He’s extremely raw with unlimited potential.  He is someone that is going to improve immensely during his senior year, as well as going forward.  He has a great upside with the ability to block shots, shoot the ball and run the floor. We are thrilled to have him as a Cardinal.”

Malik Williams – 6’11 Forward/Center



“Malik has unique abilities at his size,” said Pitino.  “He has a lot of Kevin Durant in him, in terms of being able to step out with great range to make shots, put it on the floor, rebound, block shots and he’s extremely long at 6-11.  He does it all.  Throughout our opportunities to see him, if he sneezed, I was there to say ‘God bless you.’ That’s how much we wanted him.”


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