Not sure what to make of Kyle Kuric being relegated to walk-on status. We were primed for Kuric to have a great senior year.
Among the returning players, Kuric has made more highlight reels than all of his teammates combined. He’s been among the most consistent in shooting, rebounding and defending. Dunker of the year, great grades, leadership on and off the basketball court and involved in the community.
Yet University of Louisville coach Rick Pitino announced that Kuric, Chris Smith and Elisha Justice have had to give up their scholarships to become walk-ons, making room for five freshmen and a transfer.
I could see walk-on status maybe with Smith or Justice, but Kuric is a valuable commodity.
Don’t think it doesn’t hurt. It’s painful. These players have been knocked down a few notches. Gotta explain it to the family, the buddies, the girl friends. Accept new status in the basketball residence. Shut out the comments of fans, analysts, and message board drones.
We’re off to an early start on the mind games. The only way walk-on status is acceptable for Kuric is that it comes with an understanding that he will continue to see plenty, if not more, playing time in his senior season.
As Pitino noted, Kyle’s dad is a brain surgeon so paying for a year of college is not a worry for the Kuric family. Thankfully, Kyle seems to be the kind of individual who would take one for his team.
Next season will be disappointing if he’s not a major factor.