Following the 2014 season, Montrez Harrell, a junior power forward for the Cards announced he was declaring for the NBA Draft along with sophomore guard Terry Rozier. With the departure of those 2, Senior Wayne Blackshear graduated. The Cards took a big hit losing those 3, but it got worse. Freshman guard (now a sophomore) Shaqquan Aaron, a 6’ 7” forward transferred to USC. Ouch. But the off-season of horrors was not over yet. Anton Gill packed his bags, bid farewell to Rick Pitino, and left Louisville. The Cards was doomed. 70% of their offense was headed to the NBA, graduation, or on a plane to another program. All hope was lost for the Cards. But then, Rick Pitino pulled a trick out of his back pocket, sprinkled it with pixy dust, and landed (what have been so far) the best transfers of the season.
The fist is Trey Lewis, a senior guard that transferred from Cleveland State. Lewis averaged 16.3 PPG his junior year at Cleveland State, also averaging 4.4 rebounds and 2.9 assists. Stats are only a part of the story for Lewis however. His up-tempo energy on the court is the type a team can rally around. We witnessed this in the first half against North Florida two weeks ago, where the Cards only found themselves leading by 2 at the half. Lewis became a floor general, getting the crowd at the KFC Yum! Center loud and his team motivated. The Cards ended up winning by 30. Lewis is bigger than the average guard as he can bang with the big boys in the paint and grab a rebound or two, but can also use his quickness in the open court and run with some of the best guards in the country.
The second transfer is Damion Lee, a graduate transfer from Drexel. Lee was top 5 in three pointers made last season, and he has carried that into this season. I’m pretty sure he hit a few shots from the KFC logo on the floor last game vs Grand Canyon. If you have heard the term “premier scorer” you have heard of Damion Lee. Thus far in the season, Lee is averaging 19.1 PPG and shooting .378% from three point land. Along with filling up the stat line with points, Lee averages 4.3 rebounds a game and a steal. His game high is 24 points, a record that he can not only break, but blow out of the water.
You can see Trey and Damion in action this Saturday at 11 a.m. vs Eastern Michigan. There aren’t many guarantees in basketball, but one thing is for sure. Whenever number 0 and 3 step on the court together, we are in for a show.