The past two weeks have been rough for the Louisville Cardinals, losing three straight games after being ranked No.1 in the nation. Although Louisville is having issues getting the ball into the bucket, their future point guard, Terry Rozier, doesn’t seem to have a problem scoring.
Rozier started the weekend playing in front of Cardinal fans Saturday in the Louisville High School Hoopfest, as his team, Hargrave Military Academy, took on Action Sports Academy, a prep from Stone Mountain, Ga.. Louisville fans packed the high school gym and watched their future star score 68 points in a double overtime win, which broke the all-time scoring record at Hargrave. He also had nine rebounds, five assists and four steals in the victory, despite not starting the game.
Anton Gill, another Louisville 2013 commit and Rozier’s teammate at Hargrave, added 28 points and 11 rebounds. Both Gill and Rozier have scored over 50 points a few times this season.
On Sunday night Rozier traveled north to Georgetown, Ky. to play Spire Prep. Once again the 6’1” guard showed his offensive ability, scoring 38 points and led his team to another victory with a game winning three-pointer.
Rozier, who is originally from Shaker Heights High in Columbus, OH., was supposed to be a part of Louisville’s 2012 class, but due to academic issues he was forced to attend prep school for a year. In his short time at Hargrave he has become a much better shooter and is learning how to become a pure point guard.
When he first committed to Louisville in 2011, most scouting websites barely considered Rozier a top-100 player. He is now considered the third-best point guard and the 17th-best player in the 2013 class, according to 247Sports.com.
The scary part is there is a good chance Rozier wont be Louisville’s starting point guard next year, even though Peyton Siva is graduating this season. Chris Jones, a 5’10” junior college transfer from Northwest Florida State is said to be even better than the high scoring Rozier. Jones is currently averaging 18 points and four assists this season.
There is still plenty of time for Louisville to turn things around and have a very successful season, but the future of the team looks to be very bright.
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