Louisville seniors Damion Lee and Trey Lewis both cried upon learning of the university’s self-imposed postseason ban, according to SB Nation’s Mike Rutherford.
Pitino says Damion Lee and Trey Lewis cried when they heard the news and their teammates came over and hugged them. This is brutal.
— Mike Rutherford (@CardChronicle) February 5, 2016
Louisville imposed the ban amidst an NCAA investigation into an alleged prostitution scandal that has rocked the program since before the season began. According to a book by a local madam, escorts were paid for by a former assistant coach who hired them to lure recruits to the program.
But this stings just a bit extra for Lee and Lewis. Both were graduate transfers from Drexel and Cleveland State, programs that rarely even sniff a national championship, and they committed to Louisville in hopes of playing on a team that made the Elite Eight last season and would make a run at the Final Four in 2016.
Instead, both Lee’s and Lewis’ fine seasons in Louisville will be all for naught, save for the satisfaction of closing out their college careers with a bang. Just what’s next for both men after Louisville remains to be seen, but the fact that this self-imposed ban will keep them from reaching an even higher level just plain stinks.
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