Harvey leaves basketball program

University of Louisville freshman guard Bryan Harvey has decided to leave the Cardinal basketball program. A 6-4 guard from Compton, California, Harvey played in 18 games and averaged 2.1 points per game this season.

University of Louisville freshman Bryan Harvey has decided to leave the Cardinal basketball program.

A 6-4 guard from Compton, California, Harvey played in 18 games and averaged 2.1 points this season. Noted as a three-point specialist in high school, Harvey played sparingly and struggled with his outside shooting, making just 11-41 shots on the season.

"I think it's the right thing for him," Louisville coach Rick Pitino said. "I think in this regard, Bryan concentrating on his academics which he needs to get in order to transfer is the best thing for him. It's the best thing for him to get the playing time he wants. Bryan wants to play and he wasn't getting the minutes here."

On the court, Harvey has been stuck behind fellow freshmen Terrence Williams, Andre McGee and Chad Millard. Off the court, Pitino said Harvey has been struggling in the classroom.

"We talked about (transferring) and he's struggling a litte bit academically," Pitino said. "I told him he needs to get his grades in order to transfer."

With at least three games left to play this season, Pitino said Harvey's loss shouldn't hurt the Cardinals depth. Harvey averaged just 9.1 minutes this season.

"If we need another body in that area, we'll play Chris Current," said Pitino. "It's not a problem basketball wise."

Harvey joins a long list of players who have transferred from U of L since Pitino's arrival five years ago. Last season, guard Lorrenzo Wade left the program. Two years ago, Nate Daniels and Nouha Diakite bolted the program. Carlos Hurt, Brandon Bender and Prealiu Davis also transferred out of Pitino's program.

"We wish him nothing but success down the road," Pitino said. "He's a terrific young man."


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