The former Kansas forward/center travelled to Louisville alone for his visit after being released from his scholarship by Jayhawk head coach Bill Self.
"I made the decision to transfer from KU at the end of this semester," Padgett said in April when announcing his decision to leave Kansas. "I think I'll have more opportunities to be a face-up player and play the four-position at another school. I want to wish my ex-teammates and the great KU fans all the best, and I hope they have a great season next year."
Padgett, a 2003 McDonald's All-America selection, averaged 6.5 points and 4.5 rebounds while starting 19 games last season as a freshman at Kansas. He led the Jayhawks in blocked shots with 43, the second most rejections in school history by a freshman. Padgett also had 27 points and 17 rebounds in four NCAA Tournament games and made 54 percent of his shots from the floor. The Nevada native posted season highs of 19 points (Fort Hayes State), 10 rebounds (UT-Chattanooga), 5 assists (Villanova), and 5 blocks on two occassions.
He'll have three years of eligibility remaining after sitting out the 2004-05 season.