After a somewhat inconsistent start to his 2014-2015 campaign, Louisville sophomore combo guard Terry Rozier has turned up his level of play recently and now looks to be one of the best all-around backcourt players in the nation. For the entire season Rozier is averaging 17.8 ppg, 5.3 rebounds and 2.5 assists. However, his play over the last 12 games has been nothing short of spectacular. In fact, over that 12-game stretch (starting with Indiana and ending with Pitt), Rozier is averaging 20.6 points per game and has kept his field goal percentage the exact same (46.8%). His rebounding has stayed about the same (5.1 per contest) during this stretch and he’s shooting a solid 36% from the three-point line (up two percentage points from his season average of 34%). For some perspective, his 17.8 ppg average on the whole season is currently good for 3rd in the ACC, but if you take that current 12-game streak, his 20.6 ppg jumps him over both Jahlil Okafor (18.6 ppg) and Rakeem Christmas (18.3 ppg) for the top spot in the league. Also, he would obviously be the conference’s top scoring guard, ahead of the likes of All-American candidates Jerian Grant (Notre Dame, 17.0 ppg) and Marcus Paige (North Carolina, 13.6 ppg).
The fact is, this is the Terry Rozier that we heard about all summer. A baby-faced assassin with ridiculous game from top to bottom. And the scary part is, when and if he gets his assist total up, there will literally be no holes in his game. Think about it it for a second. A couple of bad three-point shooting nights aside, he’s played incredible basketball for this team. Along with Chris Jones at the other guard spot, he’s invaluable on defense (have you seen what happens to this team when he goes to the bench?) and can score from the elbow, from long range or by attacking the rim on offense. Oh, by the way, he’s also one of the best rebounding guards in the nation. If – and this is a big if – Louisville can continue to get this kind of production from Rozier the rest of the way, then they’ll have a legit shot to win every single game they play in for the remainder of the season.
And if you’re a Louisville fan, I’d say you should probably enjoy him while you can. If I were a betting man, I’d say he bucks the recent trend of UofL players coming back for an extra year and goes pro following this season. He’s currently projected 15th overall (to the Atlanta Hawks), according to NBADraft.net and should only see his stock rise if he continues his stellar play of late. And Rozier has also proved to be a model citizen both on and off the floor. Rick Pitino has repeatedly sung his praises about the way he carries himself and has said that he already possesses a pro’s mentality and work ethic. Basically, at some point in the very near future, he’s going to become very rich and he’s going to make one NBA General Manager extremely happy. In the meantime, sit back and enjoy Terry Rozier for everything he is: a great kid with a ton of game.