Well, at least part of the scholarship-crunch question was just answered as Indianapolis, In. junior Stephan Van Treese was granted his formal release from Louisville today and will transfer. Van Treese appeared in just three games last season and will reportedly apply for a retroactive medical redshirt that will allow him to play two more seasons of D-1 basketball. If granted his medical hardship, he could transfer to a non-Big East school and play right away. If he’s denied, he’ll either have to go the D-2 / NAIA route for a season and then come back to D-1, or transfer and sit out this coming season before having one final year of eligibility. While it initially appeared that Van Treese was the one who wanted out and the transfer was all on his end, he spoke with the Indy Star last night and said that Pitino informed him that it would be in his best interest to transfer as playing time would be minimal. In the end, it’s the right move and now he can move on somewhere else and play significant minutes. The debate about whether or not it’s “the right thing to do” will inevitably rage on, but in the end, isn’t the ultimate goal to win the most games you can? To win the National Championship? If so, in order to accomplish said goals, you have to assemble the best possible talent at your disposal. That means there could possibly be casualties along the way. Also, Van Treese will land on his feet. It’s not like he’s being kicked to the curb by a staff with no connections or sympathy for his situation. He will get a strong letter of recommendation from Pitino and the staff will use those aforementioned connections to make sure he ends up in a good situation. We wish him well in all his future endeavors.
Here’s the official statement from the athletic department on his release.