This year, Jonathan Huffman appears most likely to leave U of L. Huffman, a 7-0 sophomore, has seen limited playing time the past two years and could be buried on the bench behind Pitino's deep and talented stable of returning frontcourt players, including 6-11 David Padgett, 6-9 Derrick Caracter, 6-8 Juan Palacios, 6-9 Earl Clark and 6-10 Terrence Farley.
"We could lose a player," Pitino said. "We've got a lot of players back next year and we'll have a very deep basketball team. Anybody who is not playing and getting substantial minutes – a guy like Jonathan Huffman. We've talked about it in the past that if he's not getting minutes it's in his best interest (to transfer). I'm a firm believer that if a player isn't going to get a lot of playing time there's no reason to sit on the bench if you're talented. But that hasn't been decided."
two this summer.
Pitino also said his program could welcome one or two transfers into the program this summer. Pitino has always been fond of taking transfers – making waves in the 1990's with Ohio State transfer Derrick Anderson and Washington transfer Mark Pope, two key members of his 1996 NCAA championship team. Pitino's marquee transfer at Louisville is Padgett, a second team All-Big East selection last season.
With four of five starters and eight of the top nine players returning next season, Louisville doesn't need much help in 2007-08. However, Padgett and Palacios will both be seniors next season, as will Farley. And then there's always the possibility that underclassmen like Caracter, Clark and 6-5 sophomore Terrence Williams could leave early for the NBA after next season.
That makes finding one or two transfers with Division I experience even more enticing for Pitino.
"We hope to take a transfer if one opens up," Pitino said. "We don't have any immediate needs, but if I had the opportunity to take a transfer or two and sit them out while these other players are developing would be great."
Next season, Louisville will welcome two freshmen into the fold – 6-8 forward George Goode and 7-0 center Clarence Holloway. Goode is expected to provide an immediate outside shooting threat, while Holloway, whom Pitino termed a "project," will need to get into shape over the summer to contribute up front next season.
"George Goode is a great shooter," Pitino said. "(He) is as good a 6-8 shooter as you'll see in the country. He's also a shot blocker and a very good athlete."
Pitino also mentioned the possibility that Terrance Farley could redshirt next season. That decision, however, won't be made until next fall.
"It all depends on Clarence Holloway," Pitino said. "If he's ready to come in and contribute and get him in great shape, but we won't make that decision until probably right before our first exhibition game."