Confident Edgar Sosa What Louisville Needs

One never knows what to make of some of Rick Pitino’s comments, like the one he made Sunday about Edgar Sosa after No. 10 made that layup giving Louisville the unlikely win at Connecticut.

Words to the effect that Sosa has improved by leaps and bounds this season, becoming one of the better point guards in the country.

More than likely inspired by the winning basket than his actual performance in the game. But Pitino has a reason for every thing he says, taking advantage of an opportunity to bolster the confidence of his senior guard during one of his most challenging performances.

No one doubts Sosa is capable. His confidence does seem to ebb and flow, however, having an obvious effect on his game at times. The latest heroics could be just the boost he needs as his senior season winds to a conclusion.

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Sosa later posted the following tweet to his followers on the flight to Milwaukee, the site of Tuesday’s game against Marquette: “Thank you for all the support. Love you guys. Thanks to the haters as well, w/o yah I’m nothing.”

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Charlie Springer

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

5 thoughts on “Confident Edgar Sosa What Louisville Needs

  • March 1, 2010 at 11:58 am

    Sosa was 1-7 in the game for a while in the game. He made up for all the bricks he was jacking-up, with the drive with 8.5 seconds left. His assists have got better, but he is still the proverbial “box of chocolates”, where you never know what you are going to get.

    Yes he has improved at point guard, since we had to run the offense through David Padgett in 2007-2008, and Williams in 2008-2009. So at least he IS actually playing the point in his senior year, and not just filling the space.

    IMO, Edgar HIMSELF, is Edgar’s biggest enemy. If he can get his mentality right, the sky is the limit for Sosa.

    We will have to see what he does at Marquette and home against Cuse, before I rub the anointing oil on him.

    I love Sosa, and he was the star of the UConn game, no doubt.

    IMO, it is really not Sosa’s fault. He is a shooting guard by nature, that is playing the point. Sosa would make a GREAT 2 man, and he could shoot all he wanted.

    Great read all the same, just a touchy subject, but I hope you are correct about the boost he needed.

  • March 1, 2010 at 3:40 pm

    I love the kid. I know all about “good Sosa” and “bad Sosa”. There is a guy who sits behind us in Freedom Hall and he is CONSTANTLY raggin’ on Sosa…poor Edgar can’t win with that guy and there are a lot of fans who feel that way. Does he make me want to pull my hair out of my head sometimes when he hogs the ball or runs up the court and shoots without passing the ball? You bet it does but I remind myself that he IS a kid (albeit a senior now) and he really feels like every shot is going in…he WANTS U of L to win as much as I do….I think Edgar is a great kid and no matter what happens from here on out this season I love the kid and thank him for his enthusiasm and desire to win. Go CARDS! (Sorry for the long post…..)

  • March 1, 2010 at 6:43 pm

    Edgar has come a long way since his freshman year and has developed from a shooting guard into a very capable point guard. His assist to turn over ratio is currently among the best in the country. His shot is a little spotty at times, but who can forget that he hit the game winner over UK last year (I’ll love him always for just that one shot). I felt bad for him after missing free throws that would have iced the Pittsburg game, and I knew that would either hamper his confidence or make him stronger. I think the shot at the end of the UConn game proves it has made him stonger going into the most inportant time of the season.

  • March 2, 2010 at 12:48 am

    One thing is for sure about Sosa. If he decides he’s going to do something..nothing is going to prevent him from trying to do it. Shot not falling? He’ll keep firing until he gets it right or Rick pulls him. Driving into the lane against the bigs? He’s either going to get a shot off, get fouled or someone is going to swat it into the seats. No dishing off or turning back for Louisville’s replica of Genreal George Patton.

    The results may vary and consumer satisfaction on his performance may vary as well but Edgar isn’t hesitant or shy. Maybe that will bode well for Louisville the rest of the way. Good Edgar/Bad Edgar certainly isn’t indecisive Edgar.

    He may just be the catalyst (or the hinderance) in the Cardinal Big East and NCAA Tournament marches.

    Box of chocolates? I now think he’s Ex-Lax. Guaranteed to produce something that will please some and annoy others.

  • March 3, 2010 at 12:21 am

    Stay tuned- We lost tonight! Speaking of the box of chocolates… nothing seemed to work… milk duds is more like it… I just want to cry……….

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