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Rakeem Buckles will transfer from Louisville, join Richard Pitino at FIU

Jun 21, 2012, 2:05 PM EDT

Rakeem Buckles

A trend is developing at Louisville, and it’s not one with which Rick Pitino may want his name associated.

Rakeem Buckles, a 6-7, 215-pound forward who will miss the 2012-13 season with a torn ACL, is transferring from the Cardinal program and will join head coach Richard Pitino, a former Louisville assistant, at Florida International.

The injury he suffered in January was the latest in a series of setbacks for Buckles, which included a concussion, a broken index finger, and another major knee injury.

“Rakeem is one of my favorites during my tenure at Louisville,” said Pitino in a Louisville press release. “He’s just a fantastic young man who we wish great success at FIU. We will miss his personality and work ethic, but he is in good hands with Richard.”

But the developing trend is this: Buckles is the third injury-plagued player to transfer from Louisville this season, following Stephan Van Treese and Jared Swopshire out the door.

Van Treese had trouble with a knee injury, and his convenient transfer opened up a scholarship for top-level 2012 recruit Montrezl Harrell, who decommitted from Virginia Tech and joined the Cardinals this spring. Swopshire worked back from a few different injuries, and is now headed to Northwestern.

The silver lining of Buckles’ transfer is that he will be able to head back home to the Miami area, where he was the Class 4A State Player of the Year as a senior at Monsignor Pace (Fla.).

This past season with Louisville, he averaged 4.0 points and 3.8 rebounds in 11 games.

Daniel Martin is a writer and editor at, covering St. John’s. You can find him on Twitter:@DanielJMartin_

  1. imforbigblue - Jun 21, 2012 at 8:18 PM

    Funny he beats down his players then when there hurt he sends them packing for new players. Why do players pick UL is beyond me it’s not like Rick makes these players any better hell Nevada has sent more guys to the nba in the past 10 years than UL has and that’s sad

  2. joneildu - Jun 22, 2012 at 3:44 PM

    Every time a Louisville post comes up, you post in the best whiny BBN way you know. Make ridiculous claims that hold no water. Buckles transfer was his decision and it’s been widely speculated for awhile.

    “This was purely my decision,” Buckles said. “I actually came up to him and told him I was going to make that move. He respected me, obviously, because I’m going to play for his son. I could have stayed.” ORTS02/306220060/Rakeem-Buckles-said-his-decision- leave-Louisville-basketball-FIU?odyssey=mod|newswe ll|text|Home|p

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