Sosa puts sophomore slump behind him

Edgar Sosa struggled through his sophomore season – losing his starting job to Andre McGee. Now fully recovered from an ankle injury that set him back last year, Sosa says he's ready to bounce back with a big junior season.

In late August 2007, Louisville junior point guard Edgar Sosa suffered a severely sprained ankle when he stepped on another player's foot during an off-season pickup game. While Sosa didn't miss any game action, the injury did affect his performance last season.

"I was hurt throughout the whole season and I was slow out there," Sosa said. "I was out of shape because of the ankle injury. But this year I should be able to go from day one."

Sosa worked hard over the summer and hopes
to have a big junior season.

As a freshmen, Sosa averaged 11.4 points, led Louisville in steals and started all but two games. Last season, Sosa's numbers dropped significantly. Not only did Sosa lose his starting point guard job to Andre McGee, he also saw his scoring average dip to just 7.6 points per game. Sosa's shooting percentage also fell below 40 percent on the season and his steals fell from 44 as a freshman to only 17 last season.

"This summer I worked on everything and I went back to the basics," Sosa said. "I worked on making left hand layups under contact and shooting the midrange jump shot. I feel that I got after it and worked hard. I should have a good year."

Sosa wasn't the only returning player who worked hard on his game during the hot summer months. "A lot of guys have been in the gym the whole summer getting better," Sosa said. "Coach P told everybody at the end of last season what they needed to work on and I think that's what everybody spent the summer doing."

Now an upperclassman, Sosa is ready to put his sophomore troubles behind him and become a leader of a team that will count on a few talented freshmen in the frontcourt this season. "The freshmen are real impressive," said Sosa. "They all can play. They played real well this summer in open gym. (Samardo Samuels and Terrence Jennings) have to hit the glass because we need rebounds out of the four and five position. If they can come in and bang with some of the big fellas in the Big East then they should be alright."

So what advice does Sosa give the newcomers?

"Something I tell them is it's a long season and they have to keep their head up and keep going because we're going to have a lot of practices and games," Sosa said. "I'm one of the upperclassmen and I feel like I have to lead by example now. That means I have to practice hard and always pay attention to coach so the younger guys can look at me."

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