Coppin State shooter will visit Louisville

The University of Louisville will host another fifth-year transfer in the next week when Coppin State shooting guard Sterling Smith will visit. He averaged 13 points a game and would be eligible immediately with one season left to play.

University of Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino and his staff are leaving no stone unturned in their quest to add a couple of shooters to the roster.

The U of L staff landed Trey Lewis of Cleveland State last week and still has two scholarship open for the coming season.

The Cardinals are in talks with Fort Lauderdale, Fla., shooter Maverick Rowan and Las Vegas standout Derryck Thornton about reclassifying from the Class of 2016 into '15. Former Drexel star Damian Lee is expected to make a visit to U of L this weekend.

And now another name has surfaced.

Sterling Smith, who played three years at Coppin State and would be immediately eligible at the school he picks as a transfer, confirmed to Cardinal Authority that he will make a visit to U of L next Wednesday on April 22.

The 6-foot-4 Smith said he has already visited Wake Forest and will spend some time this weekend at Georgia Tech and also Rutgers.

Smith averaged 13.9 points, 4.9 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 1.4 steals a game and was named second-team All-MEAC as a junior. He hit 76 of 182 - 41.8 percent - from three-point range and was the 65th best best true shooting percentage in the country and had an offensive rating of 116.6 in 30 games for Coppin State.

A native of Chico, Calif., Smith averaged 5.2 points as a true freshman and was third on the team at 10.9 points as a sophomore. He has 934 career points and has hit 159 three-pointers in three seasons.


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