- 6-foot-11 David Padgett said of his decision to transfer from Kansas University to the University of Louisville. "> - 6-foot-11 David Padgett said of his decision to transfer from Kansas University to the University of Louisville. ">

Padgett feels comfortable with Louisville

<b>"I felt that Louisville was the best fit for me and I felt the most comfortable there."</b> - 6-foot-11 David Padgett said of his decision to transfer from Kansas University to the University of Louisville.

It wasn't the easiest decision in the world for 6-foot-11 David Padgett, but ultimately the former Kansas Jayhawk decided to pursue his academic and athletic career at the University of Louisville because of the comfort level he felt with both the coach and his system.

"I felt that Louisville was the best fit for me," Padgett said. "I was impressed with Coach Pitino and I just felt the most comfortable there."

"I feel I fit in well in Coach Pitino's system and that I'll get a chance to step outside, as well as play some with my back to the basket," Padgett continued. "I just really like the freedom that coach gives his players out on the court."

Padgett's father and former high school coach, Pete Padgett, said the family is relieved to have this decision behind them and they're glad to see a smile return to David's face.

"He's really excited and feeling very good about his decision," Padgett's father said. "It was a difficult few months but David's happy with his decision and we're all happy to see him smiling once again. He's very exicted."

Padgett led the Jayhawks with 43 blocks
as a freshman (AP)
Padgett, who announced his intention to transfer from Kansas shortly after the Jayhawks run to the NCAA's Elite Eight, also visited UCLA and received a late overature from Roy Williams at North Carolina before deciding late last week that he'd call Louisville his home for the next few years.

During his official visit to Louisville in early May, Padgett had an opportunity to get a feel for both the campus and the life of the city. He was particularly impressed with his future abode on Fourth Street.

"It was impressive," Padgett explained of the nearly year-old Minardi Hall. "I've not seen anything like that in all the places I've visited. That just shows you the kind of effort Coach Pitino has put into the program since he's been there."

Padgett said he'll arrive in Louisville next week to work out and get settled in to his new digs before heading off for a busy and competitive summer of hoops action.

"I'm trying out for the under-21 United States national team in Teaneck, New Jersey that will compete in Canada this summer," Padgett explained. "And I'll also be working the addidas camp this July in Atlanta."

While Padgett announced his decision Saturday to the U of L coaches, Pitino and company received more good news the following day when point guard Andre McGee and power forward Amir Johnson, both from the Los Angeles area, also decided to cast their lot with Louisville.

Like McGee and Johnson, Padgett also hails from the west and was impressed with his future teammates when he saw both in action last summer. Padgett expects big things for Cardinals in the future with the help of those two talented high schoolers.

"I saw both play last summer and I think they're both really good players," Padgett said of McGee and Johnson. "I think Louisville is definitely a program on the rise nationally and I think we'll have the chance to go far in the NCAA tournament."

"That's certainly one of my goals...to reach a Final Four," Padgett continued. "I'm excited about the possibilities at Louisville."

Though Louisville assistant coach Reggie Theus rightly receives accolades for the committments of both McGee and Johnson, another Cardinal assistant, Kevin Willard, played an important role in Padgett's decision.

"Sure, I felt very comfortable with Coach Willard because I spoke with him the most on the phone during this whole transfer process," Padgett said when asked about Willard's role in the process. "But really all the coaches at U of L are great and they're all very easy to be around."

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