I’m not exactly sure if there is room at the moment in the starting lineup for freshman guard Terry Rozier, but I’m beginning to think that when it’s all said and done it’ll be hard to keep him out.
There were multiple players who stood out during Louisville’s beat-down of Kentucky Wesleyan on Tuesday night. However, Terry Rozier was arguably the most impressive player on the floor for Louisville other than Montrezl Harrell. Rozier finished with 18-points, nine rebounds and four assists.
For the most part, freshman guards enter the Louisville program and have a tough time adjusting. Maybe it’s just me, but I can’t remember very many times, if any, that Rick Pitino has had high praises for a true freshman this early in the season.
Pitino has talked more highly about Terry Rozier than any other freshman guard that I can remember.
“He’s a terrific freshman,” Rick Pitino said following last night’s exhibition game. One word that Pitino has used multiple times when talking about Rozier’s game is professional. Not necessarily because he has NBA potential, but because he carries himself as a pro. Pitino also noted that Rozier has the confidence of a senior despite being a first year college player.
Most recruits who end up spending a year at prep school after their senior season typically de-commit and start the recruiting process all over. However, Terry Rozier isn’t your typical recruit.
“It was my dream to come here ever since sixth grade,” Rozier told me at the program’s media day earlier this month. “I wasn’t ever going to change that just because I went to prep school. It’s something I’ve been waiting for and I’m finally here now. Last year was a business trip and I’m finally here.”
Regardless if he is a starter or not, Rozier will still be a valuable piece to this year’s team and has proven that the future is bright. The question is, how long will he be here? There is already rumblings from the NBA scouts that have attended Louisville’s practices that say Rozier is as good of a pro prospect as any on the team.