Could another Mashburn be coached by another Pitino?
It’s certainly a possibility.
2020 four-star guard Jamal Mashburn Jr. is currently on an official visit to Minnesota and will decide between the Golden Gophers and the Cal-Berkeley Golden Bears in the coming weeks. Should he commit to Minnesota, Mashburn will play for Richard Pitino, son of former Kentucky head coach coach Rick Pitino.
“With Richard Pitino, there’s obviously a family-type bond to that,” Mashburn said, via StarTribune.com. “The first official visit was good. I saw everything I wanted to see and that I wanted to hear. The second official visit is I’m getting close to making my decision. I want to make sure I have everything in the right line. And make sure I’m making the right decision possible. If I have to take two visits to a specific university just to make sure, I’ll do that. It’s my future on the line.”
Former Kentucky star Jamal Mashburn Sr. played under Rick Pitino from 1990-93, where the 6-foot-8 forward averaged 18.8 points, 7.8 rebounds, and 2.2 assists per contest over three seasons. In 1993, Mashburn was a consensus First Team All-American and SEC Player of the Year, where he also helped lead the Wildcats to the Final Four of the NCAA Tournament.
Mashburn Jr., a 6-foot-2 senior from Brewster Academy, is considered a consensus top-100 prospect and the No. 84 overall recruit by 247Sports.
At the NBPA Top 100 Camp in Charlottesville, VA, the four-star 2020 prospect told KSR that neither Kentucky nor the new coaching staff at Louisville had reached out, though he would have been intrigued by both if they expressed serious interest.
In terms of Kentucky specifically, he said he appreciated Calipari’s ability to put players in the NBA.
“I mean, they’re a great program,” Mashburn Jr. said. “It’s SEC competition. Coach Calipari, he gets pros. He gets people in the NBA. Overall, it’s just a great program.”
Instead of playing at his father’s alma mater, it looks like there is a solid chance he ends up playing for the son of his father’s former coach.