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Continued: Scoggins: Pitino shows Minnesota his lighter side

  • Article by: CHIP SCOGGINS , Star Tribune
  • Last update: May 17, 2013 - 7:24 AM

“I wanted him to stay,” he said. “I thought he would have been a nice piece to what we’re doing. But I think Joe had thought about it over the last couple of weeks about potentially getting a change in scenery.”

The fact that Eliason and Walker don’t exactly fit the ideal profile for Pitino’s system has left people to wonder whether they also might look for a change of scenery. Neither center is fast or particularly athletic.

Pitino believes Eliason can become a “difference-maker” if he gets stronger and that Walker can make an impact if he gets in shape. Pitino said Walker has changed his diet and will remain on campus this summer to work on reshaping his body, which “shows a lot about him,” Pitino said.

“People concern themselves with how Mo and Elliott are going to fit,” he said. “They’ll be fine. They’re going to be in the back of the press. They’ll be fine. Guys like them can definitely play in this style.”

Pitino concluded his speech with a promise that drew cheers from the crowd.

“We’re going to play a fun brand of basketball,” he said. “It’s going to be entertaining.”

 

Chip Scoggins ascoggins@startribune.com

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