Pitino invites recruits to view his practices as a sort of litmus test. "If [a player is] questioning how difficult the practice may be right away, then that's telling me he doesn't want to work hard." In fact, Pitino's practices are shorter than most, about two hours and 15 minutes, but they are also designed to faster and more intense. And he wants to hear one thing from potential players: "Boy, that was fun to watch."
"That means they think hard work is fun, and that's what I look for," he says.