Rick Pitino’s ever-changing 2012-13 roster went through another shake-up Tuesday morning.
Highly touted recruit Terry Rozier, who signed with the Cards last fall, will enroll at Hargrave Military Academy (Va.) instead of joining U of L for this season.
“I’m still committed to Louisville,” Rozier told CardinalAuthority.com. “But I talked to coach P and I think this is the best thing for me. I’ll be able to spend a year getting better and am still excited about coming to Louisville.”
Rozier is a 6-foot-1 point guard ranked in the top 100 by Rivals.com (80th), Scout.com (68th) and ESPN (74th). He was part of a two-man recruiting class that also included top-100 prospect Montrezl Harrell, who played at Hargrave last season. Anton Gill, a top-50 U of L commitment for 2013, also plays for Hargrave.
Rozier’s detour to prep school isn’t completely unexpected. Pitino said just last week that the Ohio native had a “50/50″ chance of being eligible for next season.
Louisville should have plenty of depth despite bringing in just one freshman. The Cards return most of their contributors from last season’s Final Four team, and will add transfer Luke Hancock and Mike Marra, who missed nearly all of last season with a torn ACL. Most early rankings project the Cards to be among the top three teams in the country.
UPDATE: Louisville released a statement Tuesday afternoon with the following quote from Rick Pitino … “We have spoken to Terry and without question, he is headed to the ideal spot for him to improve his academic standing and to play with teammates very familiar with him. (Hargrave coach A.W. Hamilton) is an outstanding coach and was a terrific backcourt player himself. Another year academically and athletically in prep school will be a great opportunity for Terry.”