LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- The first game of the basketball season is still three months out but Rick Pitino is feeling good.

Pitino says the team has turned in a "terrific" month of workouts and says Montrezl Harrell and Wayne Blackshear have emerged as the team leaders. He says Blackshear has been a pleasant surprise, saying he finally got through to him that his time to take the lead is now. Pitino says the summer workouts have an increased importance this year as the team prepares for a loaded non-conference schedule before their inaugural ACC campaign.

Pitino says the challenge will be to make sure he has a deep bench that's ready to go.