6-3, Fr., Guard
Averages: Levitch played in 18 games but averaged just 2.6 minutes. He averaged 0.9 points and 0.3 rebounds in his limited time.
Overview: The sharpshooter from North Oldham High School became the crowd favorite early in his career with the Cardinals. The walk-on played in four of the first five games of the season – 18 on the season – and was a major hit once he got off the bench. The crowd would go crazy for him to get into the game and was always yelling at him to shoot when he was on the floor, with Levitch saying "that was hard at first, I had to get use to it. I didn't expect the crowd to react like that for me." Levitch hit 3 of 8 three-point field goals on the season and scored 16 points, showing an improvement in his strength from the start of the season.
Best game: In five minutes against Rutgers at home on Feb. 16, Levitch hit his only shot – a three-pointer – and was 1 of 2 from the free-throw line. He also had one rebound, one assist and three fouls in the game. He was active!
Projected future: Levitch won't soon relinquish the fan-favorites role, which is often cast on that walk-on at the end of the bench. Expect Levitch – much like senior Tim Henderson – to improve his value with the team each season. U of L coach Rick Pitino says Levitch has a "bright future" and several folks have said he's further along as a freshman than Henderson, the player who helped win the Final Four game last season against Wichita State, was his freshman season. Look for Levitch to get more minutes next season and perhaps be a key player as a junior.
Quotable: "I have improved a lot but still a long way to go," Levitch said. "My added strength and work in the weight room has really helped me. Without strength, you can't play at this level. It's really helped me and so has Tim (Henderson). He told me there would be a lot of bumps in the road. We have talked a lot about certain things. I just have to keep working hard and stay on same path."
Fun fact: The Cardinals were 18-0 when Levitch played in a game.
Bottom line: Levitch is a shooter and he can knock them down from deep but without more added strength he won't be able to compete much more than he did this season on the Division I level. He knows that and is working hard to put on some weight and add some strength. He has a great skill set and is a tough, hard-nosed, smart basketball player.