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David Padgett
David Padgett


Reno, Nev.

Last College:
Univ. of Kansas

Height / Weight:
6-11 / 245





Louisville vs. Villanova (AP photos)

Louisville vs. Villanova (AP photos)

Junior Year:

  • Starting center who recovered from knee surgery well ahead of schedule, earning All-BIG EAST Conference second team honors.
  • Cards' leader in field goal percentage, making 59.7 percent (fourth in the BIG EAST) while averaging 9.5 points and 5.6 rebounds.
  • Double-figure scorer in 14 games, including 12 of the last 22. He grabbed seven or more rebounds in 14 games.
  • Averaged 2.0 blocks over the last 13 games.
  • Had 16 points, six rebounds and a career-high five assists vs. West Virginia.
  • Totalled 18 points, 12 rebounds and hit 8-of-10 shots from the field against Cincinnati (1/31). It was his sixth career double-double and third of the season.
  • Had 19 points, 11 rebounds and three blocked shots against Connecticut (1/22).
  • Scored 18 points and grabbed nine rebounds vs. Marquette (1/15).
  • Scored a season-high 20 points against San Francisco, hitting 8-of-9 shots from the field while grabbing eight rebounds.
  • Against Kentucky, he produced 16 points, 10 rebounds and three blocked shots.

    Sophomore Year:

  • Team co-captain with Taquan Dean.
  • Double figure scorer in 16 games and has grabbed seven or more rebounds on 10 occasions.
  • Had a career-high 27 points and eight rebounds vs. Connecticut.
  • Blocked a shot in 18 of his 24 games and led the Cards with 35 swats.
  • Had 24 points -- the second highest of his career -- along with eight rebounds and two assists vs. Notre Dame.
  • Played in each of the Cardinals' 24 games last season before being forced to the sidelines with knee surgery after playing his last game against Syracuse on Feb. 18. He had successful surgery on March 6 and was expected to return to the court by the start of practice this fall.
  • Opened his career at U of L with 17 points, 10 rebounds, five blocked shots and four assists against Prairie View A&M. His 17 points was the third highest scoring effort in a career debut at U of L.
  • Had 18 points, two rebounds and two blocks vs. Middle Tenn.
  • Honored on the Billy Minardi Classic all-tournament team.
  • Broke a bone in his right foot during a pickup game on Sept. 19, returned to practice briefly, suffered a sprained ligament (MCL) in his left knee in a Nov. 12 intrasquad scrimmage and missed U of L's opener, then returned to practice on Dec. 1.

    Prior to Joining U of L:

  • Sat out the 2004-05 season after transferring from the University of Kansas, where he played as a freshman in 2003-04.
  • Started 19 games for the Jayhawks as a freshman, averaging 6.5 points and 4.5 rebounds. He shot 53.1 percent from the field and blocked a team-high 43 shots, the second-most ever for a Kansas freshman.
  • Grabbed five or more rebounds in 15 games with the Jayhawks and scored a season-high 19 points against Fort Hays State.
  • A McDonald's High School and Parade Magazine All-American as a high school senior, Padgett averaged 27 points and 14 rebounds at Reno (Nev.) High School where he was coached by his father Pete.
  • As a high school senior, he was the nation's top-rated prospect at center and No. 4 player overall by Insiders Hoops, the No. 7 overall choice by Rivals Hoops and was a top 15 prospect by ESPN.com and the Hoop Scoop. He was the 2003 Nevada Player of the Year and was a three-time conference player of the year.
  • Averaged 22.4 points and 14.3 rebounds as a junior. As a sophomore in 2000-01, he averaged 13 points, 14 rebounds and six blocked shots, helping Reno to a 24-7 record. He averaged 12 points and 13.0 rebounds his junior year.
  • A member of the 2004 USA Basketball Junior World Championship Qualifying Team that finished with an unblemished 5-0 record and the gold medal.
  • A member of the 2002 USA Basketball Junior World Championship Qualifying Team that finished with a 4-1 record and the bronze medal. He also participated in the 2002 USA Basketball Men's Youth Development Festival, finishing as the Festival's leader in blocked shots and field goal percentage.
  • Announced his intention to transfer from Kansas on April 15 and had also considered UCLA and North Carolina before selecting the Cardinals. He was originally recruited by U of L out of high school.
  • Cardinal faithful are hopeful that Padgett's situation can be similar to Derek Anderson and Mark Pope, transfers who played for Pitino at Kentucky and went on to play in the NBA.


  • Born Feb. 13, 1985 ... Son of Pete and Debbie Padgett ... has one older sister (Melissa) ... Major is political science.
  • His father Pete played basketball at the University of Nevada (1973-76), his uncle Chris played basketball at New Mexico and his grandfather Jim played basketball at Oregon State. His sister Melissa played at the University of San Diego.
  • Enjoys boats and "anything on the water" in his spare time.
  • Personal goal at U of L is to win a national championship.
  • What impresses him the most about Coach Pitino is his passion and loyalty to his players.
  • Best basketball advice given to him was to "play like there is no tomorrow."
  • Few people know that he can speak Spanish.
  • Wanted to wear No. 4 because it was Kenyon Martin's college number.
  • If you walked into his dorm room, the first thing you would notice is a U of L rug and flag.
  • His father Pete has had the greatest influence on his athletic career.
  • Most proud of his sister Melissa.
  • Would most like to meet Bill Clinton and Tiger Woods.


  • Basketball Player: Shaquille O'Neal
  • NBA Team: San Antonio Spurs
  • Athlete, Other than a basketball player: Tiger Woods
  • Movies: Casino, Gladiator, Tommy Boy
  • TV Shows: Home Improvement, Entourage
  • Actor: Robert Deniro
  • Comedian: Howard Stern
  • Subject: U.S. history
  • Book: Bill Clinton's "My Life," Bringing Down the House
  • Musical Group/Singer: Eagles, Dave Matthews, Journey, Fleetwood Mac
  • Foods: penne carbonara
  • Midnight Snack: pizza rolls
  • Vacation Spot: Lake Tahoe
  • Best Player Ever Faced: LeBron James
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