Swopshire not getting any better

The word is not good on Jared Swopshire, the only returning starter from last season’s University of Louisville basketball team.

“My guess is he’s not coming back anytime soon,” said coach Rick Pitino during a Thursday press conference. “His injury is refusing to heal and he is not getting any better.”

Swopshire, a 6-foot-8 junior, was the leading scorer, with 7.5 points and six rebounds per game.

Other notes:

  • The starting lineup in Sunday’s exhibition game will be Rakeem Buckles and Kyle Kuric as forwards, Terrence Jennings at Center, and Preston Knowles and Peyton Siva at guards.
  • Knowles will be the team captain. “He’s a natural leader and his teammates follow him.”
  • Pitino said Kuric is coming out of his shell and is coming into his own, reminding him of how much Larry O’Bannon improved during his junior and senior years.
  • Said Terrence Jennings has the opportunity to be an NBA prospect or play overseas. “If he remembers his role as running, rebounder and shotblocker, he will do well.”
  • The eligibility of Gorgui Dieng will make Jennings a better player. “TJ doesn’t have any problem shooting over Steve Van Treese or George Goode,” he said. “Dieng will make him work for his shots in practice.”
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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.

2 thoughts on “Swopshire not getting any better

  • October 28, 2010 at 3:36 pm

    Will there ever be good news (Dieng) that can stand alone for a while? Always seems to be bad news following UofL Basketball around.

    • October 28, 2010 at 7:32 pm

      I don’t anyone was too surprised by this news. Those hernia injuries linger forever. Stick a fork in him.

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