"David is a Louisville Cardinal," the players mother said.
Despite much speculation based on a decision late last week by the University of Kansas to release Padgett to North Carolina, Mrs. Padgett explained that her son chose Louisville over UCLA in the end.
"David just felt good about Louisville and he is very comfortable with the school, Coach Pitino and the players there," Padgett said.
Padgett, who averaged 6.5 points and 4.5 rebounds last season as a freshman for Bill Self and the Kansas Jayhawks, was granted a release from his scholarship earlier this spring after announcing his intentions to transfer from the Big XII program.
While in Lawrence, Padgett started 19 games and helped the Jayhawks advance to the NCAA Tournament's Elite Eight, where they lost to national runner-up Georgia Tech in overtime. Padgett scored 27 points and grabbed 17 rebounds in the four tournament games.
Padgett also led the Jayhawks in blocked shots with 43, the second most rejections in school history by a freshman. The Nevada native posted season high's of 19 points (Fort Hayes State), 10 rebounds (UT-Chattanooga), 5 assists (Villanova), and 5 blocks on two occassions.
Padgett will have to sit out the 2004-05 season and will have three seasons of eligbility remaining.
David Padgett Career Highlights