Pitino lands Memphis transfer

Rick Pitino and the Louisville Cardinals hosted Memphis transfer Roburt Sallie on a visit the past two days and landed a commitment from the 6'5, 200-pound wing. Sallie, who is expected to graduate from Memphis this summer, could make an immediate impact next season for Louisville.

Roburt Sallie talked like he was headed to Louisville before visiting the Cardinals the past two days.

Now it's official.

``It's a chance for him to play for a Hall of Fame coach," Sallie's former prep school coach, John Parker, who has helped throughout the process, told FoxSports.com's Jeff Goodman. ``He can get back to the NCAA tournament and play in the best conference in America. Roburt really felt that Coach Pitino can take his game to another level."

Sallie, who is expected to graduate from Memphis in August, will transfer to Louisville next season. The best part - if he graduates, as expected, he'd be immediately eligible to play for Rick Pitino's program.

With the losses of starting guards Reginald Delk, Jerry Smith and Edgar Sosa, Sallie, 25, could earn a starting spot on the wing next season for the Cardinals, especially if Justin Coleman doesn't qualify academically to play as a freshman.


Rob Sallie will transfer to Louisville next season.
A part-time starter at Memphis the past two seasons, Sallie averaged 10.5 points, four rebounds and shot 41 percent from three-point range as a junior. In two seasons with the Tigers, Sallie started 21 of 70 games and made 119 three-pointers. Sallie's best game at Memphis came in the first round of the 2009 NCAA Tournament, when he made 10 three's and scored 35 points in a win over Cal-State Northridge.

As a junior in 2009-10, Sallie moved to a starting role after playing as a reserve in 2008-09. This past year, he played in all 34 games and started 21 and had his scoring average jump 5.0 points (5.8 ppg in 2008-09 to 10.8 ppg in 2009-10) and his rebounding average more than doubled (1.6 rpg in 2008-09 to 4.0 rpg in 2009-10). Sallie also doubled his output in assists (27 in 2008-09 to 63 in 2009-10) and steals (27 in 2008-09 to 58 in 2009-10).

Sallie helped the Tigers to back-to-back 20-win seasons and consecutive postseason berths. As a sophomore in 2008-09, Sallie was a member of the Memphis squad that set the school record for consecutive wins at 27 straight. That squad posted a 33-4 overall record and a perfect 16-0 Conference USA mark. Memphis swept the Conference USA regular season and tournament titles and advanced to the NCAA Tournament Sweet 16. In 2009-10, the Tigers were 24-10 and advanced to the National Invitation Tournament (NIT) second round.

Sallie chose Louisville over Indiana and Oregon.


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