Florida guard Ryan McMahon (2015) capped off one of the more sudden rises to prominence in recent recruiting history on Friday by announcing that he intends to play his college ball for Rick Pitino at Louisville.
McMahon was totally off the national radar until December, when ESPN analyst and Florida native Dick Vitale saw him play in person. Vitale was so impressed with his game that he began tweeting about McMahon, talking about him during national broadcasts, and even calling a select few head coaches to let them know about the 6'1 guard.
Pitino listened, making multiple trips down to Sarasota to watch McMahon play and getting him to visit U of L for the North Carolina game on Jan. 31. Less than 24 hours after Pitino officially extended a scholarship offer Thursday night, McMahon committed to Louisville.
"We had multiple conversations last night and got together as a family. Ryan slept on it, looked at his options and decided on Louisville," McMahon's father, Dave, said. "He is going to be playing for the best coach in the country, and it's going to be the biggest challenge of his life. Coach Pitino just told him to get ready to work."
McMahon joins top 100 recruits Donovan Mitchell, Deng Adel, and Raymond Spaling as members of Louisville's recruiting class of 2015. McMahon is averaging 27.0 points per game and shooting 52 percent from beyond the arc for Cardinal Mooney, which is the top seed in this week's Florida 3-A Region 3 tournament.
I mean, I'm excited to bring in an elite shooter and all, but I'd be even more excited if we could have landed that kid from the student section as a package deal. The Yum Center needs that energy.