I know what you're thinking: "Come on Johnny, Ricky Rubio has been a pro for years. Coach Pitino should focus his energy on recruiting players who could actually end up playing for the cardinals, like the kid who keeps true to his word and the guy who makes nonsensical comments on twitter that no one over 25 can even begin to decipher."
You may be right, but hear me out: Ricky Rubio has made millions of dollars playing professional basketball in Spain. But, come on, does this guy look like a professional?
He can't be a day over 17 years old. Sure, he was drafted with the fifth pick of the 2009 draft, and sure, he was the youngest player to play professional basketball in Spain, starting at the age of 14. So what? How is this any different than if a player got a scholarship to play at Oak HIl for 27 or so years? In Spain, they don't have such wholesome institutions as AAU basketball for players to learn how to be professionals. They have to actually be professionals. And, no less, things are expensive in Spain. Did you know prostitutes are legal in some parts of Europe? Awesome, right? Not so fast. In Europe, these business women need state-sanctioned health exams and health insurance, not to mention the the excessive taxes in socialist countries. Guess who ends up paying for all this? Not Marquis Teague. Ricky Rubio is, and that's just one reason why Ricky Rubio deserves to retain his amateur status.
Word is, Rubio is deciding between honoring his contract with the Timberwolves and coming to play at the Yum! center for the cardinals. Some say he is going to play for the Timberwolves since they have his draft rights and all, but he said on twitter that UL's new equipment manager is "the man when it comes to bleaching out stains" and "funny as hell." I don't know about you guys, but I think that means Rubio to the Cards is a done deal.
I have on good authority that Rubio has told the NCAA that, if cleared, he will play at least 4, maybe even 5 years, at Louisville. Hell, he might stay for 7.
I like Rick. But he's got to step it up in recruiting. Rubio is a step in the right direction. How could Louisville not win a championship in 2013 with this guy running the point?