Hoops Wrap-Up: Terry Rozier

Cardinal Authority hopes you enjoy our "Hoops Wrap-Up" series of stories, featuring a look at each player on the men and women's teams on the University of Louisville rosters. A look back at the season and forward to the future: Our fourth men's feature is on freshman guard Terry Rozier.

Terry Rozier

6-1, Fr., Guard

Youngstown, Ohio

Averages: Rozier was one of just five players to see action in all 37 games, averaging 7.0 points, 3.1 rebounds and 2.1 assists in 18.9 minutes a game.

Overview: The highly-decorated Rozier came into the program with a ton of expectations and had a really solid freshman season. He was playing behind Russ Smith and Chris Jones, but played well during his 18.9 minutes a game. At times, Rozier struggled with picking up and learning the defense but he was so good on the offensive end that at times he was on the floor in crunch time. When Jones was injured and missed a few games, Rozier stepped in and the Cardinals didn't miss a beat. He started 10 games for the Cardinals this season. The most impressive thing about Rozier was his ability to take care of the ball. He had just 22 turnovers in 699 minutes on the season.

Best game: Rozier has 10 double-figure games, including three of his best against Rutgers. He scored 44 points against Rutgers in three games and had eight assists and three turnovers in those contests. He also had 19 points on 8 of 10 from the field with three assists and no turnovers in a late-season win over Temple.

Projected future: Rozier looked like a player primed to have a major breakout season as a sophomore. In fact, some scouts believe he could be a guy who has a decision to make in the future about turning pro. Two NBA Scouts at late-season games said Rozier was the best NBA prospect on the roster. He has all the makings of an All-American guard for the Cardinals, the size, quickness, the ability to get to the basket and the intelligence to be a lead guard and a very good one.

Quotable: "I learned a lot this season and I really want to improve make sure I get better in the offseason. It was a good season, but I know there's more."

Fun fact: Rozier had just 22 turnovers in 699 minutes of action.

Bottom line: Rozier and Jones will run the show next season and if Montrezl Harrell does opt to turn pro, Rozier could be the team's leading scorer. He's going to be a major, major contributor for the rest of his time at U of L.


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