Louisville's Rick Pitino announced the signing of Cleveland-area point guard Terry Rozier on Thursday. Will the Cardinals sign any other players during the early signing period?
, a 6-1, 170-pound guard from Shaker Heights (Ohio) High School, has signed a national letter-of-intent to continue his basketball playing career at the University of Louisville
|Will Louisville sign anymore players? |
Rick Pitino announced the signing of Terry Rozier on Thursday. Will Louisville sign anyone else before the end of the early signing period?|
The Cardinals continue to recruit 7'0 Robert Upshaw from Fresno, Calif., and 6'6 guard Andrew White from Charlottesville, Va. Upshaw, a four-star center, is expected to choose between Louisville, Georgetown, Fresno State and Kansas State next week, while White has visited Kansas, West Virginia, Texas and Louisville. Georgetown and Richmond are also in the mix.
"Right now, we are not expecting anybody else, but sometimes no one knows what (will) happen," Pitino said Thursday.
Louisville also is recruiting Jakarr Sampson, a 6'8 forward who attends Brewster (NH) Academy. Sampson signed with St. John's but didn't qualify academically. Besides Louisville, Kansas, Pittsburgh, Providence, Baylor and others are in the mix. Sampson isn't expected to sign until the spring period.
Rozier averaged 18.2 points, 4.5 rebounds and 3.2 assists as a junior last season as Shaker Heights won nine of its last 13 games en route to a 14-8 record.
"Terry is the perfect fit for not only our style of play, but what we want to do at both ends of the floor," said U of L Men's Basketball Coach Rick Pitino. "He's a combo guard, capable of playing two positions, that is equally as good on defense as he is on offense. He passes the ball well and is an outstanding scorer off the bounce as well as with his jump shot. He is fundamentally sound and is capable of coming in and playing as a freshman."
An-All Lake Erie League selection as a sophomore and junior, Rozier is rated 88th overall in the 2012 ESPNU Top 100 players, is listed No. 112 by Rivals in the class of 2012, and is the 20th rated point guard in the nation by Scout.com.
He had 10 points and three steals for his USA Midwest team in a 99-93 victory over Canada in the championship game of the 2011 Nike Global Challenge, which featured the top high school and under 19 players from top international teams. He is the cousin of current U of L freshman center Zach Price.
Rozier had also considered attending Cincinnati, Illinois, West Virginia and Cleveland State before signing with the Cardinals.