Louisville coach Rick Pitino announced Monday afternoon that David Padgett's basketball career at U of L could likely be over after discovering a fracture in his knee following yesterday's win over Jackson State.
"David Padgett's career is probably coming to an end," Pitino said. "He fractured his knee cap. Obviously we're all devastated for David because he has worked so hard to come back from these injuries that he's had. You can imagine how he feels today. He has an extremely bright future because of his intelligence and leadership. It just may or may not be in basketball."
The Cardinals now will have to rely on sophomore Derrick Caracter and senior Terrance Farley in the post with Padgett, the team's captain, out. Padgetts loss creates a huge leadership and experience void for U of L.
after fracturing his knee cap Sunday
against Jackson State.
Padgett was injured while taking a first half charge against Jackson State on Sunday. Pitino said there were three scenario's for the oft-injured Padgett and didn't entirely rule out Padgett's return to the court later this season - though that possibility seems remote.
"There are three or four different scenarios," Pitino said. "The best case scenario is in ten weeks he could possibly come back if the knee heals on its own. Whether that's possible or not remains to be seen. It is possible.
"The second case scenario is you make an appeal to the NCAA to give a sixth season. The chances of that happening are extremely remote because he transferred but there are exceptions and we're hoping the NCAA will look at it and possibly take this under the exception clause.
"And the third scenario is he sits out this year but is able to try out for a professional team. Which (scenario) will happen only time will tell."
At this point, Padgett won't undergo surgery on the knee but it does remain a possibility. It also remains possible that the 6'11 Padgett might be ready to go for the Cardinals NCAA Tournament run next spring.
"If it doesn't heal then he would have to get it repaired," Pitino said. "If it does heal in ten weeks and we're in a situation to make the NCAA Tournament then he'd try to come back."