Samardo Samuels Rules Out a Return and Will Keep His Name in the Draft

DeAnte MitchellCorrespondent IMay 4, 2010

LOUISVILLE, KY - DECEMBER 16:  Rick Pitino the Head Coach of the Louisville Cardinals gives instructions to Samardo Samuels #15 during the game against the Oral Roberts Golden Eagles at Freedom Hall on December 16, 2009 in Louisville, Kentucky. Louisville won 94-57.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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Well folks, sorry to break this news to you but here comes another sad story to Louisville’s basketball program.

Not too long ago, I envisioned a return by Louisville’s star forward Samardo Samuels.

I firmly stated that with the recruiting class that Louisville’s head coach Rick Pitino managed to equip, mixed with Samardo Samuels, could possibly put the Cardinals back on the map.

That was before I learned that Samardo Samuels has officially ruled out a return to Louisville and has signed an agent to assist him come draft day. That is what multiple sources are whispering to ESPN. The official announcement is said to be made on Wednesday. 

Samardo Samuels decision to go pro in the first place weakened the team that had previously lost two senior starters on a team that did not go anywhere in the tournament.

Rick Pitino and many other people in the Louisville organization—including me—thought it was a mistake from the start. 

Samardo Samuels has yet to prove anything with the way he played in college. His draft stock was never really high and he never really dominated the college game. 

Yes, Samuels will be a good player in the NBA. Yes, he has the potential. But as a sophomore in college, how could you possibly forego your junior season to go possibly undrafted? It’s just unreal.

But on the bright side of things, the departure of Samuels opens a scholarship for Elisha Justice.

With Samuels firmly out of the picture at Louisville, the frontline looks to be in trouble. The current rosters’ best players are either sophomores or freshmen. And think this, the possible best player on the team is Justin Coleman and he is not even eligible yet.

Samardo Samuels—believe it or not—put a chokehold on Louisville chances of succeeding next year.

With such raw and young talent, it is going to be up to the players to find their leader, and find him fast.

This Louisville team is in a tough position now, but in my heart I wish Samuels the best of luck with his career and thank him for all the memories he supplied.