Rick Pitino has already been accused of being disingenuous (fibbing or lying) about what’s he’s looking for in recruits this summer at the basketball recruiting camps/factories.

Pitino has been known to say one thing and do another but we want to take him at his word:

“We’re looking at attitude almost as much as basketball this year, making sure the young man really wants to be a Louisville Cardinal,” he told Jody Demling, of the Courier-Journal.

Pitino made the statement while in Indianapolis with assistants Kevin Keatts and Wyking Jones checking out talent at the adidas Invitational.

If attitude is the priority, U of L fans can probably eliminate Chris Thomas, a 6-foot-4 guard from Colorado, who was benched early during a scrimmage for two technical fouls — one for taunting, another for talking back.

Also watching Thomas was John Calipari, of Kentucky, who has never concerned himself much with player attitudes or school loyalties. Better fit, maybe.

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By Charlie Springer

Charlie Springer is a former Louisville editor and sportswriter, a public affairs consultant, a UofL grad and longtime fan.