Ville recruits awed by KFC Yum! Center

The KFC Yum! Center was officially opened to the public on Sunday, but in the weeks before the ribbon-cutting ceremony, Louisville coach Rick Pitino was able to give his recruits sneak previews of the place as it neared completion.

How did the recruits react? Well, Pitino could certainly get used to hearing comments like the ones they gave to the The Courier-Journal.

"My mouth just dropped," Chane Behanan said. "I was just shocked. It's unbelievable."

"I heard about it, but I had no idea it was that crazy," Deuce Bello said. "I was like, 'Wow.'"

That the Cardinals already have a commitment from Behanan and are very much in the mix for Bello, ESPNU's No. 50-ranked recruit, cannot be solely attributed to the arena.

But giving recruits visions of playing in front of 22,000 in a brand new facility is obviously a strong selling point.

Pitino, of course, fully realizes this and really makes sure that the message sinks in, according to The Courier-Journal.

Rick Pitino said he has asked recruits to rate the building on a scale of 1 to 10.

"So far, I've gotten two responses -- 15 and 20 -- and that pretty much sums up this building,” Pitino said.