Per Jeff Greer of The Courier-Journal, Louisville Cardinals guard Shaqquan Aaron will not return to the school for his sophomore season. Instead, the Seattle native will seek a transfer from the program.
Louisville is also set to lose sophomore guard Anton Gill to a transfer.
A 6-foot-6 guard, Aaron averaged just over seven minutes a game his freshman year and averaged just 1.3 points. In that time, he never was able to crack the Cardinals’ rotation and his supposed lack of work ethic frustrated head coach Rick Pitino, who said that Aaron did not have a “Louisville attitude,” nor was he “a Louisville man in terms of the way we practice.”
Missing the first nine games of the season due to a NCAA suspension likely added to Aaron’s lack of overall success in Louisville.
Sources also told The Courier-Journal that Aaron was frustrated at Louisville’s recruiting of guard Damion Lee, who ranked fifth in the nation in scoring this past season when he posted 21.4 points per contest for the Drexel Dragons.
Either way, now that Aaron is set to transfer, Louisville will have some major holes to fill with key players like Wayne Blackshear graduating and Montrezl Harrell and Terry Rozier headed to the NBA draft.
Landing transfer guard Trey Lewis from Cleveland State is a start, but one can’t help but wonder if Aaron could have been a key piece of next year’s squad had he decided to stay with the Cardinals.
Regardless, good luck to him in his future ventures.
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