Rozier picks Louisville

Terry Rozier's commitment to Louisville shouldn't come as a surprise. The day after Rick Pitino visited Rozier, the talented 2012 point guard from Cleveland, Ohio chose his 'dream school' over a pair of Big East programs.

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Terry Rozier's commitment to Louisville Sunday afternoon shouldn't come as a surprise to Cardinal fans.

Rozier, a talented point guard from Shaker Height, Ohio, told Thursday night that he planned to finalize his college choice this weekend. And that's exactly what he's done.

Terry Rozier is a key recruit for Rick Pitino's program.
One day after Rick Pitino visited Rozier for an open gym at his high school, the 6'1, 167-pound Rozier, verbally committed to Louisville, choosing Pitino's Cardinals over Big East rivals West Virginia and Cincinnati.

"I just went with my heart and guts," Rozier told "I always wanted to play for Louisville because I know Coach Pitino can help me develop into a good point guard. So I told (Pitino) that I wanted to be a Cardinal and he was happy, especially on a day like this (with) things that happened with his brother (in law). I'm just very happy. I had a lot of offers and this is a weight off my shoulder. I can't wait to sign (with Louisville).

Rozier, the cousin of Louisville freshman center Zach Price, is considered one of the top prospects in the state of Ohio. He told last week that Louisville was his "dream school."

"I like how they play," Rozier said. "I like their style of play. Coach Pitino is someone I want to be coached by. He's a hall of fame coach."

One of the summer's fastest risers, Rozier parlayed outstanding performances at the Lebron James Skills Academy and Peach Jam into a spot in the prestigious Nike Global Challenge.

A three-star prospect, Rozier is considered one of the nation's Top 20 point guard prospects, and is ranked as a Top 100 recruit by at least one major recruiting service (ESPN). Though he's still learning the point guard position, Rozier believes Pitino can help further his development like he has done for Peyton Siva.

"I'm a combo (guard), but my role at Louisville will be to become a point guard," Rozier said. "I need to understand how to be a true point guard. It's a process he's working on with Peyton Siva and he got him to do it. He said he's going to do the same thing with me. I realize I need to be a point guard because that's my (best) position."

As a junior, Rozier averaged 18.2 points, 4.6 rebounds and 3.2 assists, leading Shaker Heights to a 14-8 record. Brian Snow,'s national analyst, says Rozier is one of the top rebounding point guards in the nation.

"I think my strength is scoring off pick and rolls and making things happen," Rozier said. "I need to become an overall leader for my team and being a coach on the floor."

Rozier's commitment fills a major need for Pitino's program. Thursday, Pitino wrote on his website that landing a point guard in the 2012 recruiting class was "crucial" for his program. In Rozier, Pitino landed one of the top available point guards in the nation.

With Rozier - and 6'5, 190-pound George Mason transfer Luke Hancock - in the fold for next season, Pitino will now turn his attention to rounding out Louisville's recruiting class. Remaining recruiting targets include five-star Indiana shooting guard Gary Harris; four-star Virginia wing Andrew White; four-star Indiana shooting guard D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera; and four-star California center Robert Upshaw.

Rozier will make his official visit to Louisville this weekend.

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