Rakeem Buckles Expected To Follow Richard Pitino To Minnesota

rock and1I’d be lying if I said that I didn’t wish former Louisville forward Rakeem Buckles was on the floor with the team when they won the 2013 national championship just a month ago.

Buckles was a part of Louisville’s 2009 recruiting class and had things gone the way we had hoped, he would have been a senior on this year’s championship team.

Buckles’ collegiate career hit an unfortunate road block between 2011 – 2012 as he suffered two torn ACL’s in less than a calendar year.

He decided head back home to Miami, FL., and attend Florida International, where Richard Pitino had recently been hired. Buckles spent the 2012-13 season rehabbing and will finally be healthy and ready for his final year of college basketball in 2013-14.

Just as things started to get better for Buckles, he again found himself in an unfortunate situation. In early April, Richard Pitino left FIU after just one season to take the head coaching job at Minnesota. To make matters worse, FIU will likely not be able to compete in the post-season next year, due to APR issues with the NCAA.

Buckles is expected to follow Richard Pitino to Minnesota, but may have to sit out another year before he would be eligible.  Minnesota will likely submit a waiver based on Buckles’ unique situation so that he could become eligible right away.

On Wednesday afternoon FIU guard Malik Smith announced that he would also follow the younger Pitino to Minnesota. Since he is graduating, Smith will be able to play right away. This can only bode well for Buckles’ situation.

About Nick Coffey

Nick Coffey
Nick Coffey is the creator and lead publisher for TheCardinalConnect.com. Along with covering Louisville basketball, football and recruiting, Nick has worked in sports talk radio for over three years.

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