Staten plans to visit Louisville

Juwan Staten, a transfer from Dayton, is considering Louisville, Miami, South Carolina and Texas, and plans to visit Rick Pitino's Cardinals next Tuesday.

Juwan Staten, a transfer from Dayton, is considering Louisville, Miami, South Carolina and Texas, and plans to visit Rick Pitino's Cardinals next Tuesday.

Staten, a former four-star prospect, led the Atlantic 10 in assists last season as a freshman, earning a spot on the Atlantic 10 All-Freshman team. But Staten, a Dayton native, decided to transfer after Flyer coach Brian Gregory left for Georgia Tech after the season.

The explosive 6-0, 190-pound point guard thought he found a new home in the Big 10 at Penn State. But Ed Decellis' abrupt departure for Navy this week forced Staten to reconsider his options once again. Now, Staten plans to make some visits before picking a new college.

"I'm going to visit Louisville, South Carolina, Miami and Texas," Staten told "I know I'm going down to Louisville Tuesday and that will be an all day thing. I don't think they have any more official [visits] so I'm going to go down there unofficially."

Staten will visit Miami, and possibly South Carolina, after checking out Louisville.

"Wednesday, I'm supposed to go down to Miami for a visit," said Staten. "I was supposed to be visiting South Carolina [this weekend] but I don't know if I got my transcript to them in time to set it up. I have to talk to them tonight to see if I can visit tomorrow or have to wait until next week."

Louisville has been in the point guard market for a while, and recently had NC State transfer Ryan Harrow on campus for a visit. The Cardinals had expressed interest in Staten before he chose Penn State, but moved on Harrow first. After Harrow opted for Kentucky, the Cardinals quickly dialed up Staten again.

"They expressed some interest before I decided to go to Penn State," Staten said. "Once things didn't go as planned with Penn State they called us up, Coach Pitino, and they told me they were interested in me again and wanted to recruit me.

"They told me Ryan Harrow had visited and Kevin Ware was going to be visiting this weekend and they didn't have a scholarship because of those two, but once Harrow committed to Kentucky it opened a [scholarship] back up. So I scheduled a visit and I'm going to go down there."

Staten was a former Top 100 prospect coming out of high school and was one of the top freshmen in the Atlantic 10. He averaged 8.5 points, 5.4 assists and 2.1 rebounds last season, with high's of 17 points vs. Xavier and 10 assists against Florida A&M and Fordham. Staten handed out eight or more assists nine times as a freshman.

"They believe they have a great situation at Louisville and can develop players," said Staten. "They like the way I play, they like my style the way I get up and down the court. They believe I'm a great fit for Louisville and I could come in and learn some things from Coach Pitino."

What does Staten think about Louisville?

"I like Coach Pitino, I like his program," Staten said. "He's a great coach, and a tough coach and I respect him and the program. I'm not looking to stay close to home necessarily, but if I do choose Louisville that would be a plus because they'll be close."

While Staten had a promising freshman campaign, he knows there are areas he needs to improve in his game, namely his outside shooting. Staten shot just 38.8 percent from the floor, and made only 4 of 26 three's as a freshman.

"I'm looking for a school where I know I'll get better. A school where I know the coaches are going to help me get better during my redshirt year and help give me an opportunity to get to the NBA," Staten said.

Staten also discussed the other three schools on his list:

"Miami, I like that they're in the ACC and I understand that they have a new coach and I like Coach Larannaga because we played against George Mason and he likes to get up and down the court. He also has a good track record developing point guards and I like that."

"I've seen South Carolina play and they put the ball in the hands of their point guard. They give the point guard a lot of responsibilities so I certainly like that. Plus, the SEC is one of the most athletic conferences."

"Texas is kind of self-explanatory. They give their guys freedom to make plays. Rick Barnes is a great coach and they play in a good conference. Texas is a great program that makes the tournament every year."

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