LOUISVILLE, KY. (WDRB) -- Junior forward Stephan Van Treese has been given his release from the University of Louisville basketball team, the school confirmed today.
"Although Stephan's playing time has been limited with injuries, he's a terrific young man who needs to step on the court and play 30-plus minutes a game, gain his confidence and have some success," U of L coach Rick Pitino said in a statement released by the school. "We wish him the best and will always be behind him."
Van Treese's departure helps alleviate a scholarship crunch at U of L, given the signing of Montrezl Harrell, a 6-8 freshman who originally signed with Virginia Tech but now has signed financial aid documents with U of L after the Hokies lost coach Seth Geenberg. Harrell was the team's 14th scholarship player, with only 13 allowed by NCAA rule.
The Cardinals now are waiting on the academic eligibility of freshman Terry Rozier.
A 6-8 junior from Indianapolis, Ind., Van Treese played in just three games early during the 2011-12 season due to an injured left knee. He averaged 2.9 points and 3.5 rebounds as a sophomore in 2010-11 while playing in 33 games.