The news that Louisville was pursuing former Virginia Tech signee Montrezl Harrell raised more than a few eyebrows among Card Nation late last week. A pair of stories from Monday now have even more U of L fans wondering what exactly the scholarship situation is with the team right now.
First came word (via Adam Zagoria) that talented Virginia Tech transfer Dorian Finney-Smith has narrowed his list of schools to six, and that Louisville is among that mix. The rising sophomore is also reportedly looking at Florida, Ohio State, Georgetown, Texas and Marquette.
Now there's the news that Oklahoma City point guard Stephen "Stevie" Clark may reclassify to the class of 2012, and that Louisville is one of the schools which has told him they will take him right away.
As with Finney-Smith, there's not much question over whether or not the addition of Clark would help the team.
Blessed with a lightning quick first step and "open across halfcourt" range, the undersized Clark averaged 25 points and 11 assists this past season. He dropped 40 points in the Oklahoma state title game, and put up 65 - including 52 in the second half - during a game earlier in the year.
According to Clark's mother, he "has the green light" from Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Florida State, Missouri, Louisville, Arkansas, Memphis, Baylor, Tulsa and Stanford, but is waiting to hear from Connecticut, Ohio State and Kentucky.
If there wasn't legitimate concern about Terry Rozier's eligibility, I think there has to be now.
I know various memebrs of the coaching staff, including Rick Pitino, have repeatedly stated that they're not concerned about Rozier getting eligible, but this is an instance where actions speak louder than words. Assuming Rozier makes the grades, Louisville has zero scholarships available for next season. And yet, it's actively pursuing three players who would demand schollys for the 2012-13 season (Finney-Smith would still use one even though he would be sitting out), including one who plays the same position Rozier does.
We've seen Pitino and company pursue and land one player with no scholarships available before, and then watched the situation ultimately take care of itself. The fact that the staff is reportedly the leader for one player and is now pursuing two more with no scholarships to give, however, leads me to believe that they know something the rest of us don't.
These figure to be an interesting few weeks.