Where are they now?: Pitino’s McD’s All-Americans

 Posted by at 12:45 PM on December 30, 2013
Dec 302013
Chane Behanan

Chane Behanan

With Monday’s announcement that Louisville has dismissed Chane Behanan from the program, here’s a look at where Rick Pitino’s six McDonald’s All-Americans have ended up during his time with the Cards:

Chane Behanan (Class of 2011): Dismissed from the program after two and a half seasons due to “a violation of university policy.”

Wayne Blackshear (Class of 2011): Averaging 9.8 points and 3.0 rebounds as a junior this season.

Peyton Siva (Class of 2009): Averaging 0.3 points and 0.6 assists as a rookie with the Detroit Pistons this season. He made his D-League debut Saturday night. Selected with the No. 56 pick in 2013 NBA Draft.

Samardo Samuels (Class of 2008): Left Louisville after two seasons but was not selected in the NBA Draft. Averaged 5.9 points in 109 NBA games. Currently playing for a team in Italy.

Earl Clark (Class of 2006): Averaging 6.2 points and 3.0 rebounds with the Cleveland Cavaliers this season. He has played 224 games with four different NBA teams since being selected with the No. 14 pick in the 2009 NBA Draft. Played three seasons at Louisville.

Carlos Hurt (Class of 2001): Dismissed from the program as a freshman after playing in 14 games. Finished his college career at Robert Morris (Ill.), an NAIA program. Played 11 games in the D-League during the 2005-06 season.


  9 Responses to “Where are they now?: Pitino’s McD’s All-Americans”

  1. Very interesting information and VERY revealing. I hope potential recruits read this site. I’d be very interested to see the same for Bill Self at Kansas. They can all say they can do the same for you that Cal can…but the proof is in the statistics.

  2. Thought this was a UK Site!

  3. To be more specific, I’d like to see Bill Self at Kansas compared to Cal because I think Self squanders his talent relative to Cal. Look at Xaiver Henry and Josh Selby as only two examples of whom they both recruited.

  4. Look I am a Kentucky fan but let me say this. So what if Rick Pitino’s recruits haven’t done well in the NBA. Did they actually have the talent to start with or was he able to win with players of lesser talent?

  5. I’m no fan of Pitino, but the man has a national championship and a couple of Final Four appearances despite the facts as presented in this story. No one can say that Pitino squanders his talent – the opposite is true.

  6. Bad, yes they did hence the Mc D’s all american status.

  7. What these players do with their life eventually falls on their shoulders. A coach, any coach, can only go so far. I agree with Cary, college players shoud look at the real outcome of the actions of those that have gone before them rather than just the money.

  8. What happened to young man that was Mr KY Basketball and went to UL the same yr that Polson signed with KY ?

  9. I think the story was simply reflecting on how Pitino’s McDonald’s All-Americans have fared at Louisville (and then afterwards if applicable)…certainly a lot of players who don’t make the McDonald’s AA Team wind up being good college and sometimes good pro players; but in this instance I think that the author is simply pointing out how these highly regarded high school players have underachieved under Rick’s guidance.

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