UPDATE: According to CL Brown, Van Tresse is in fact staying a Card.
Pitino’s explanation: “I said, ‘Stephen, that’s not what this whole thing was about, you need to play,’” Pitino said. “If you’re going to sit out, stay at Louisville. It’s silly to sit out again that’s three years without playing. So he agreed and that’s exactly what happened.”
This comes after word started leaking out last night after a tweet from Drew Deener of the ‘Early Birds’ (WKRD) and some more rumblings on the program this morning, current/former/current UofL forward Stephan Van Treese will once again be a Cardinal. Van Treese of course left the team after a series of meetings with head coach Rick Pitino in which the two agreed that it would be in his best interest to transfer in order to play major minutes. With the late adidtion of impact-freshman Montrezl Harrell, Pitino advised Van Treese that it would be difficult for him to see major playing time, particlularly after missing all of last year with a knee injury. Pitino appeared on the ‘Early Birds’ last week and made it sound like there was no chance of Van Treese returning, but apparently there’s been a change of heart by both parties. Pitino initially advised Van Treese to transfer to Bellarmine where he could play right away and get 30-plus minutes a game, then he could either come back to Louisville for one last year or transfer to another D-1 school. Who knows how this train got back on the track in the last few days but it will only help bolster an already-deep team and provide some needed toughness under the basket and in the front court. We’re still seeking official word from Kenny Klein or someone in the Sports Information department, but it appears to be a done deal from what we’re hearing.