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Louisville outside looking in during NBA draft

The disparity so obvious to the professionals, eager to make numerous former University of Kentucky players millionaires overnight.

Six Uk basketball players picked during the first and second rounds of the NBA draft, including the No. 1 and No. 2 selections overall.

Kyle Kuric and Chris Smith of Louisville still waiting in the wings thus far.

The talent level considered so superior, making one wonder how U of L managed to stay close during seven and eight-point during two losses to Kentucky this past season, the outcomes of both games in doubt until around the six-minute marks.

One must conclude that Rick Pitino is a genius at getting players to compete beyond their natural abilities. That’s especially true on defense, which is the only logical rationale for how his most recent U of L team made it to a Final Four appearance.

Give him some shooters, like say a healthy Wayne Blackshear, transfers Luke Hancock and  Montrezl Harrell, and another year of development for Angel Nunez. Stronger and more seasoned versions of Gorgui Dieng and Chane Behanan. More time with Peyton Siva and Russ Smith.

Keep them healthy.  Maturity and confidence will be apparent on both ends of the court. Watch the master motivator do what he does best.

Draft picks or no draft picks.

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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.

One thought on “Louisville outside looking in during NBA draft

  • July 1, 2012 at 10:13 am

    it just goes to show that Rick Pitino is no longer a player among the top basketball players.

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