Rick Pitino will return nearly 75% of his scoring from last year’s 2013 national championship team. With so much coming back, you’ll be familiar with most of the pieces on this year’s team. However, there are a few newcomers that are expected to make an immediate impact.
Freshmen Terry Rozier and Anton Gill, along with junior college transfer Chris Jones are just one factor for this year’s team that give fans the hope of returning to the Final Four and competing for a national championship.
When you look back at Pitino’s tenure here at Louisville, there haven’t been a whole lot of freshman who have been able to contribute right away. Sure, there have been a handful who have impacted early on, but more often than not, it takes at least a season to get acclimated with Pitino’s system. However, that may not be the case with Gill, Rozier and Jones.
“I don’t want to hype them up, because you’ll think I’m exaggerating, but I haven’t been around three guards like this in the same class in a v