LOUISVILLE, KY - NOVEMBER 16: Rick Pitino the Head Coach of the Louisville Cardinals gives instructions to his team during the game against the Butler Bulldogs at the KFC Yum! Center on November 16, 2010 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

The AP reports:

Louisville’s Rick Pitino will coach Puerto Rico’s national team next summer in hopes of qualifying for the 2012 Olympics.

The Puerto Rico basketball federation on Monday introduced Pitino as its next coach. Pitino met with players and officials Sunday to discuss the possibility.

The Louisville Courier-Journal reports:

Arroyo is the starting point guard for the Miami Heat. Barea plays the same position for the Dallas Mavericks. Both are natives of Puerto Rico. Both are expected to play for the Puerto Rican national basketball team that has been vigorously recruiting Pitino as its coach for next summer.

“I want to make sure those two guys are committed and if they know of other guys who are committed and it’s not just the two of them,” Pitino said.

Guys such as Renaldo Balkman, the former first-round pick of the New York Knicks. And Angel Garcia, a Puerto Rican player who just walked out on Memphis to sign a pro contract with a team in Spain.