U of L hoops feature: David Levitch

The fifth in a series of stories published by Cardinal Authority on individual members of the University of Louisville basketball team. The fifth installment looks at walk-on David Levitch.

University of Louisville freshman walk-on David Levitch is truly living out a dream by getting an opportunity to play for the defending national champion Cardinals.

Levitch grew up watching players like Reece Gaines, Taquan Dean and Francisco Garcia, which helped him reinforce his dream to one day sport the red and black colors.

"Those were my favorite players growing up," Levitch said. "Watching them play for my hometown team, just made want to put on the Cardinal red even more."

A native of Louisville, Levitch said from the moment he received the first interest from the Cardinals he was ready to put on the U of L jersey.

Levitch said it all started with a text message from U of L coach Rick Pitino to his AAU coach Wiley Brown, a former U of L player, that "put the whole thing in motion."

A few weeks later, Pitino offered and Levitch said "I couldn't refuse as it was too good for me to pass up," so he became a U of L preferred walk-on.

Levitch is not the first in the family to take advantage of his talents on the basketball court. His father, David, who coached and ran The Ville AAU program that he's been a part of since he was a youngster played basketball for Centre College.

"My dad is one of the biggest influences on my athletic career and without him who knows where I would be," the younger Levitch said.

A standout at North Oldham High School, Levitch was named All-Region as a junior and a senior and had interest from Belmont, Stetson, Boston College and Bellarmine, before choosing to live out his dream with the Cardinals.

"Even though I had other opportunities, I wanted to say home," he said. "I've been coming to games since I was little and I just always wanted to play here.

"It's like a dream come true."

Levitch averaged 24 points, 5.7 rebounds and 4.3 assists a game as a senior at North Oldham. Levitch, who dropped 39 on rival South Oldham during his senior season, hit 41.3 percent from three-point range as one of the state's top shooters.

While he had plenty of big-time moments during high career, Levitch said there are a few that stick out. He scored almost 2,000 points during his career and hit 220 three-pointers.

"It would definitely have to be hitting a buzzer-beating shot and scoring my 1,000-career point in the same game," Levitch said.

Always known for his shooting ability, Levitch said he loves the intensity in the practices and individual workouts he's already participated in while at U of L.

Levitch has watched the improvement of senior walk-on Tim Henderson, who keyed the Cardinals to the Final Four win over Wichita State, and wants to improve his game enough to be able to contribute like Henderson down the line.

"I would have to say I've improved because all the individuals and obviously playing against the best guards in the country," Levitch said. "I just want to keep getting better.

"Practices have been a lot of fun and the intensity is crazy with all of the competitive guys that we have on this team. Right now, I am just focusing my conditioning, and lifting, and making sure I eat the right things, so I can put on good weight."

And living out his dream.


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