Shaqquan Aaron misses opportunity to get better

For a few days it appeared Shaqquan Aaron had made a decision to stick with the University of Louisville basketball program, taking advantage of a unique opportunity to learn under one of the best.

Aaron has obviously had second thoughts, and is transferring to another school after seeing little playing time this past season.

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Shaqquan Aaron bypasses opportunity to get better under Pitino

Maybe it was because Coach Rick Pitino made clear to the player what was expected of him if he wanted to be successful at UofL. Maybe it was because Pitino is recruiting transfers from other programs who will compete with Aaron. Or maybe Aaron was promised something by another school.

UofL fans saw so little of him that it was impossible to assess his potential. What they do know, however, is that some second and third-year players have made tremendous strides. The best example being Peyton Siva, sparingly used as a freshman, who lead his team to a national championship as a senior.

Sorry to see Aaron leave because he may not have the same opportunities at his next stop.

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Sean Leland, 6-4, 200-pound freshman from Orland Park, Ill, will be the mound when UofL battles with the University of Kentucky on Wednesday at 6 p.m. He has appeared in eight games thus far, with a 1-0 won-lost record. He has an earned run average of 1.06, giving up 10 hits, three runs and six walks while striking out 15 batters.

The game will streamed via ESPN3.com.

Author: Charlie Springer

Charlie Springer is a former Louisville editor and sportswriter, as well as a public affairs consultant, a UofL grad and longtime fan.