If you followed Marquis Teague’s recruitment at all, you know that he was very close to signing with Louisville. The Cards were believed to be the favorite through most of the young point guard’s recruitment out of Indianapolis. Teague to Louisville was almost a lock for Rick Pitino, and he even hired some help to make sure he received a commitment from the top point guard in 2011.
In a desperate move to grab the edge over John Calipari, Rick Pitino hired Shabaka Lands to be a “Special Assistant to the Coach” at Louisville. Before joining Pitino’s staff, Lands was Teague’s assistant basketball coach at Pike in Indianapolis. Pitino claimed Lands was “the best person for the job” at that time, despite having a resume with zero college experience. That’s ok, though. Lots of storied college basketball programs go after high school JV coaches. It had nothing to do with Marquis Teague.
Teague, of course, signed with Kentucky and Shabaka Lands was relieved of his “special” duties at Louisville just months later.
Good try, Rick.
In typical Rick Pitino fashion, he gave and then he took away.