In 2013, Louisville’s men’s basketball team won the national championship. Heading into the following season, the Cardinals had to replace their point guard, Peyton Siva, and their best big man, Gorgui Dieng.
In 2014, Louisville’s men’s basketball team won the American Athletic Conference Tournament and reached the Sweet 16. Heading into next season, Rick Pitino’s team will have to replace their best player, guard Russ Smith, and Luke Hancock, the Most Outstanding Player of the 2013 NCAA Tournament’s Final Four.
Don’t expect Louisville to be anything less than very good in 2014-15, though.
Spoke with Terry Rozier and Georges Niang about how they will replace their team’s stars from last season: http://t.co/PYFioAM5dg
— Jeff Borzello (@jeffborzello) July 11, 2014
Terry Rozier, a sophomore guard, expects his team to “darn good” this upcoming season.
“If I told you replacing Russ would be easy, I would be lying to you,” Rozier told Jeff Borzello of CBS Sports.
“It’ll definitely be tough. He played there for four years, and he’s tough. But that’s something that we’re doing right now, playing constantly, getting to know each other. Someone has to step up and do it.”
Louisville returns a host of talented players, including junior forward Montrezl Harrell and senior swingman Wayne Blackshear. Rozier expects to have a bigger role than he did during his freshman season, when he averaged seven points a game.
“I just want to be a leader,” Rozier said. “I just want to play that leadership role, because I think that’s probably what we don’t have right now. I think if someone leads the pack, everything else will come together.”
“We’re going to be darn good. I’ll leave it at that.”