UPDATE: At Media Day, Pitino said that this would be Swopshire’s final year at U of L because the school had no more scholarships.
UPDATE: Courier-Journal says Swopshire is on schedule to graduate in May.
At his press conference today for Louisville’s game Wednesday against visiting South Florida, Cards coach Rick Pitino said not only would Jared Swopshire start, but that the 6-foot-9 forward would go through Senior Day ceremonies.
Thing is, Swopshire is not a senior.
The St. Louis native is a redshirt junior, but Pitino said that Swopshire will transfer because he would not get playing time next season at U of L. Pitino said he “would love for Swopshire play 32 minutes somewhere else than 10 minutes here.”
Pitino had scholarship issues this year, which forced Kyle Kuric and Chris Smith to be listed as walk-ons in order to abide by NCAA scholarship limitations. Pitino said the development of Chane Behanan has caused Swopshire, who sat out last year with a groin injury, to lose playing time.
Swopshire is averaging 3.8 points and 2.7 rebounds in 12.5 minutes per game this season. He has played in 28 games, all off the bench. Swopshire started 20 games as a sophomore before sitting out last season.