Padgett will sit out 2004-05 season

Updated: June 16, 2004, 10:48 AM ET
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LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Former Kansas center David Padgett transferred to Louisville, signing financial aid documents with the school on Tuesday.

The 6-foot-11 Padgett started 19 games for the Jayhawks in 2003-04, averaging 6.5 points and 4.5 rebounds. He shot 53.1 percent and blocked a team-high 43 shots, the second-most ever by a Kansas freshman.

The highlight of his year was hitting the game-winning shot in a last-second victory over rival Missouri.

Padgett will sit out the 2004-05 season before playing as a sophomore in 2005-06.

Louisville coach Rick Pitino tried unsuccessfully to recruit Padgett out of Reno High School in Nevada.

"He can do it all as a big man," Pitino said. "He runs the floor, he can spot up, he can post up, he blocks shots and he rebounds. He also has a passion to eat, sleep and drink this game of basketball."

David Padgett is not related to Scott Padgett, who played for Pitino at Kentucky in 1995 and 1996.

Padgett surprised coach Bill Self when he announced his intention to transfer from Kansas on April 15. He also considered UCLA and North Carolina before choosing the Cardinals. According to reports, Padgett told Self that he didn't feel Kansas' offense suited his style of play.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.