Louisville hoops spotlight: David Levitch

Cardinal Authority will feature each member of the Louisville men's basketball team before the start of the regular-season. This feature is on U of L sophomore walk-on David Levitch.

It didn't take David Levitch long to become a fan favorite. The walk-on from North Oldham High School won over the fans early on last season.

And then every time he came into the game, the crowd went crazy. There were even chants of Levitch's name at the end of many of the U of L blowouts at home.

Levitch said it was "weird" at first but then he ran with it. So, Levitch played in 18 games and the Cardinals never lost a game where he appeared.

"I did lose a scrimmage last week, so 18-1," Levitch said with a smile.

The 6-foot-3 Levitch said he's hoping to be in more close games in the future, but he's not ready to relinquish the role of fan favorite.

"I don't know if it will be the same," Levintch said. "There won't be as many blowouts this year. But I'm fine with it all.

"It was kind of weird at first but I got used to it and it got better as it went on. It was really pretty cool."

Levitch said he's also improved his game and his strength for this season. He scored 16 points last season for the Cardinals.

During the offseason, Levitch spent time with U of L strength coach Ray Ganong and said he "really worked" a lot doing squats and dead lifts.

"The offseason really helped me," he said. "The time I spent with coach G helped me out a lot with the weight stuff. It only helps with my strength and defense."

On the floor, Levitch said he worked on his ballhandling and just keeps trying to hone his skills as an outside shooter.

Levitch is hoping he can be the next walk-on that Rick Pitino calls on for key minutes, just like he watched Tim Henderson contribute time the past few seasons.

"Just keep getting better and maybe play some more meaningful minutes," Levitch said. "I always have to be ready; you never know when you might be next."

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