After a semester of missed games and no promise that he’d actually be given much – or any – playing time when he was able to return from his injury, Louisville Cardinals sophomore Angel Nunez has decided to transfer from the university.
The 6-foot-8 forward from Washington Heights, New York served a very minor role on Rick Pitino’s Final Four Cardinals squad as a freshman, appearing in just 12 games, and averaging 2 points per game in just 4.6 minutes per. Nunez’s best performances came in a career-high 7 point effort against IUPUI, and when he dropped 6 in a win over Connecticut Huskies this past February.
With guys like Gorgui Dieng, Chane Behanan, and the highly touted freshman Montrezl Harrell all well above him on the frontcourt depth chart, Nunez hasn’t appeared in a game this season , as he’s been recovering from a concussion suffered in practice on November 13. Nunez seems to be more talented of a scorer than he is a defender, which is why it appears it didn’t become a priority for Pitino to work him into his rotation.
Nunez hasn’t given any details or information on where he plans on bringing his talents, but he also drew the interest of programs like Florida, Miami, and West Virginia before choosing Louisville back in September of 2010.
The Cardinals are as tough of a team as their is in the nation this season, and despite the loss of another former high school superstar, they have great talent and great depth at every position, and likely won’t miss Nunez as much as he’ll miss out on playing for Pitino.
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