Rick Pitino and the Louisville Cardinals hosted Memphis transfer Roburt Sallie on a visit the past…
Potential hoops transfer visiting Louisville
Roburt Sallie, a 6'5, 200-pound wing who recently left the Memphis program, told InsideTheVille.com that he is visiting Louisville this week. Sallie, who will graduate from Memphis this summer, will have one year of immediate eligibility remaining. "I'm visiting Louisville Thursday," Sallie told InsideTheVille.com. "If you want to play at a high level [Louisville] is the place you need to be. Obviously, Rick Pitino does help a lot. I've been talking to them a few weeks now. They offer a graduate program that Memphis doesn't offer and all the pieces are in place." With the losses of senior guards Jerry Smith, Edgar Sosa, and Reginald Delk, and uncertainty surrounding the eligibility of incoming freshman Justin Coleman, Sallie could find significant playing time on the wing next season for the Cardinals. "I'm real strong on Louisville," Sallie said. "I know Coach Pitino is looking for a big time wing player who can come in and help right away. That's me all the way." Known more as a three-point shooter - Sallie made ten three's in Memphis' first round NCAA Tournament win against Cal-Northridge two years ago - Sallie wants to prove to scouts there's more to his game than making shots from the perimeter. Rob Sallie will visit Louisville on Thursday and might play for the Cardinals next season. "I want to demonstrate that I can drive and pass the ball and that I'm not just an outside shooter," Sallie said. "Another year in another system will allow me to show that to scouts." Sallie said he is also considering Indiana, Oregon and one other school. He averaged 10.5 points per game as a junior, and made 64 three-pointers. He also averaged four rebounds and two assists and shot 41 percent from three-point range. Sallie said he hopes to make a decision about his future soon. "I'm being recruited by a lot of schools right now," Sallie said. "I want to make my decision very soon because I don't want this to prolong into July. I want to know where I'm going and get to work. That's why I'm going to Louisville first. I feel pretty strong about them. The advantage they have over other [schools] is obviously the coach. I want to play for a coach that's an NBA coach because that's where I want to go and I feel with another year in the right system I can do that." After Sallie finishes his visit to Louisville, he'll travel north to visit Indiana. Both schools need immediate help on the wing, but Rick Pitino's presence at Louisville could seal the deal for Sallie, who hopes to play in the NBA. "I'm also going to Indiana right after Louisville," Sallie said. "I'm excited about both of those programs. I'm excited about going to Louisville first and see the new arena...and I'm real close to Terrence Jennings, Sacramento guys. I've been talking to him about Louisville and how Pitino is and he's everything I've already had with Coach Calipari – you know, a very demanding, strict coach. I think that's what I need for my last year. Looking over their roster I think it's a good fit for me right now." Sallie said it's conceivable that he could make a decision after his weekend visits. "You never know, I might have a decision after this weekend," Sallie said. "I keep hearing once I see the facilities and college at Louisville that it's going to be a tough decision for me not to want to go there." "I just want to find a coach that's going to help me fine tune my game and we're going to win a lot of games and help me get to the ultimate level," added Sallie. "That's what it comes down to. I think Coach Pitino's presence is what's exciting me about going to Louisville first. Obviously he's a hall of fame coach. There's nothing like playing for a coach like that." Though Sallie said he's also considering the possibility of playing professionally overseas next season, he's certainly leaning toward returning to college next season. "I'm a veteran and if you want somebody to play now I can do that," Sallie said. "I could go to Europe right now and make good money. But I feel like under the right system, right coach, right staff, anything is possible. It would be another year for me to raise my stock and Louisville is a good fit for me."
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