Even with the departure of Kyle Kuric and Chris Smith the Louisville Cardinals have enough talent returning to be considered a contender for a national championship next season.
Wayne Blackshear, Peyton Siva and Russ Smith lead the way in the backcourt while Chane Behanan and Gorgui Dieng both return inside.
But if Terry Rozier isn’t able to finish his senior year of high school strong academically, Rick Pitino could be forced to figure out another solution to the “backup point guard” question.
In a conversation with C.L. Brown of the Louisville Courier-Journal Rozier said that he still needs to improve both his grades and ACT score, and he will take the latter again next month.
But as Brown points out, Louisville is better equipped to address the backup point guard role in 2012-13 than they were this past season.
Russ Smith made significant strides as the season wore on and he would likely take over at the point when Siva wasn’t on the floor.
Should Rozier not meet the requirements that would be a negative for Louisville but by no means would it be a crippling blow.
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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) Louisville coach Rick Pitino remains defiant that his program will survive the allegations in a book by an escort alleging that former Cardinals staffer Andre McGee hired her and other dancers to strip and have sex with recruits and players.
Pitino said Tuesday that the Cardinals “will get through this the right way.”
The coach told a packed room at a tipoff luncheon that he understands the motivation behind Katina Powell’s book “Breaking Cardinal Rules: Basketball and the Escort Queen,” but questions the need for the alleged activities given the talent his program has produced.
Pitino added, “We will find out the truth, whatever it may be, and those responsible will pay the price.”
Georgia Tech picked up its third Class of 2016 commitment on Tuesday as the Yellow Jackets landed a pledged from three-star guard Josh Okogie.
The 6-foot-4 guard is considered the No. 143 overall prospect in the national Class of 2016 rankings and Okogie played with a very talented Team CP3 in the Nike EYBL. In 22 games this spring and summer, Okogie averaged 10.6 points, 4.5 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.6 steals per game while shooting 45 percent from the field.
Okogie joins three-star wing Christian Matthews and four-star big man Romello White in head coach Brian Gregory’s Class of 2016 at Georgia Tech. The group is definitely a solid influx of talent with some coming from successful grassroots programs.