A McDonald's All-America selection in 2003 after averaging 27 points and 14 rebounds for Reno (NV) High School, Padgett signed with the Jayhawks after also considering North Carolina and Louisville, among others.
However, when former Kansas coach Roy Williams bolted for North Carolina prior to Padgett's freshman season, the die had been cast for Padgett's ultimate decision to seek a new refuge.
After announcing his intention to transfer last spring and following visits to both U of L and UCLA, Padgett decided to cast his lot with Pitino and the Cardinals, a decision the 240-pound forward/center says he hasn't regretted since making.
"It's been everything that I had hoped it would be and more," Padgett said. "Everyone treats each other great and it's been a great situation so far. I'm really looking forward to playing here."
Padgett, who will sit out this season before having three seasons of eligibility, admits it will be difficult to watch from the sidelines this season.
"It hasn't really set in yet that I can't play this year but I still get to practice and continue to improve as a player," Padgett explained. "I think once that first game rolls around and I can't be in there will be tough but I just have to look forward to next season."
And though his contributions this season won't come during game action, his role remains important, if for no other reason than banging against the Cardinals other frontcourt players during practice this season.
"I'm just trying to get better as a player and help make everybody on the team better," Padgett said of his role in practice this year. "I'm using my size to help guys like Ellis Myles and Otis George get used to playing guys my size."
"Ellis is one of the smartest players I've ever played with," Padgett continued. "He has a really good feel for how to play and he has really good court vision and I think he uses that to his advantage big time."
And U of L head coach Rick Pitino couldn't be happier with his prized transfer.
"I love transfers," Pitino said. "David Padgett goes against Ellis each day in practice and that will make him a better basketball player."