Pitino watches Woodson

Pitino watches Woodson

Louisville is showing serious interest in Dominic Woodson, a four-star 2013 center from Vermont Academy. Cardinals assistants Kevin Keatts, Richard Pitino and Wyking Jones have all traveled to see the 6'10, 260-pound Woodson this season. Wednesday night, Louisville head man Rick Pitino was in Vermont to see Scout.com's No. 10-ranked center play against Tilton's Nerlens Noel.

Louisville is showing serious interest in Dominic Woodson, a four-star 2013 center from Vermont Academy. Cardinals assistants Kevin Keatts, Richard Pitino and Wyking Jones have all traveled to see the 6'10, 260-pound Woodson this season. Wednesday night, Louisville head man Rick Pitino was in Vermont to see Scout.com's No. 10-ranked center play against Tilton's Nerlens Noel.

"Their entire staff has seen us play this year, Kevin (Keatts), Richard (Pitino), Coach Pitino and Wyking (jones)," Vermont coach Jesse Bopp said. "They see Dominic as a guy down the road who has the potential to play beyond college in terms of his natural ability -- his timing, passing ability -- I think he's really gifted."

"A place like Louisville with their player development and playing for a coach like Rick Pitino I think the kid would obviously develop (there)," Bopp added. "I would say they're very interested given the commitment they've made to see him. It's not like they can hop in the car, they're jumping on a plane to see us play. They're tracking his growth and they want to see him grow and progress."

Bopp said he's seen Woodson make progress on the court this season. And though Vermont Academy lost to Tilton 73-63, Bopp said Woodson played well against Noel, Scout.com's top 2013 center prospect and No. 3 prospect in the nation.,p> "Dominic was good," Bopp said. "He played well in the first half, made some shots. He's confident enough to score against a kid like Nerlens Noel, the best defensive player I've ever seen at this level. Dominic has brute strength, but I don't think he used it as well as he could but he made a lot of shots, rebounded well and did a pretty good job defending Nerlens."

While Louisville is monitoring Woodson's progress closely, Bopp said he doesn't believe the Cardinals have extended a scholarship at the this point.

"I don't know if there's a formal offer, I haven't gotten a formal offer where Coach Pitino has told me they were offering Dominic," Bopp said. "I think they are actively recruiting him. One of the things that I respect about how Louisville is recruiting Dominic is they've made a continued effort in him, continuing to come and see him and watch his progress. To me, that's more meaningful than a school saying 'here's an offer.' I think it really says something that they're investing time in watching his growth."

Woodson, who possesses NBA size and is extremely skilled - he can face and shoot, score on the block and has adept passing skills - grew up in Louisville before moving to Texas. Bopp says it's still early in the recruiting process for Woodson.

"We don't really talk much about his future in the sense where we're saying, 'imagine what it would be like to play in the Yum! Center in the Big East and what it would be like to play for Rick Pitino or Lon Kruger or Scott Drew,' Bopp said. "I think Dominic, at this point, is living day to day. He's not wrapped up in the recruiting process. In terms of evaluating his future, whether he wants to play in his hometown in Louisville or play in Texas, I don't think he spends much time thinking about that. He's a year away from signing a letter of intent. I don't know if he's informed about what each school has to offer."

Woodson has plenty of options. Oklahoma, Baylor and TCU have already extended scholarships. Louisville, Georgetown and Illinois have all been in the gym in the last week, and Alabama and Penn State are coming to see him play next week. Michigan, Michigan State and UConn have all attended multiple games this season.

"Those are the schools paying him the most attention," Bopp said. "His process is still evolving and taking shape. I still feel we're at the beginning of this recruiting process."

Bopp also said there's a possibility Woodson could visit Louisville this spring, but that nothing has been scheduled.

"Nothing formal, obviously that's something they would push for," Bopp said. "It is difficult because of our (schedule) commitment. We have a lengthy break in March, and we encourage our kids to go visit schools when we have a break."

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