November, 18, 2011
By David Auguste | ESPN.com
Danny Vega/ESPNHSShaker Heights guard Terry Rozier will take his talents to Louisville next year.This story originally appeared in the Holiday issue of ESPNHS magazine’s Ohio edition.
Coach, Terry Rozier just made my day. I’m going to call the other three guards (we’re recruiting) and let them know we got the guard that we want.
— Voicemail from Rick Pitino to Shaker Heights basketball coach Danny Young
Danny Young won’t be erasing that message anytime soon.
The Shaker Heights coach received the voicemail in early September, moments after Rozier had called Pitino to verbally commit to the Cardinals.
“I just felt like what he said was genuine and sincere (about Rozier being his No. 1 choice),” says Young. “He said he wanted to continue what myself and our staff had begun with Terry.”
Rozier, a 6-foot-1 point guard rated No. 88 in the ESPNU 100, had been overlooked for much of his recruitment — garnering offers from only Cleveland State and Akron through his junior season. So the fact that he ended up No. 1 on the wish list of an elite Big East program shows just how far things had come in the past year. And interest was growing. The day before Rozier committed, Pitino was joined at a Shaker open gym by West Virginia coach Bob Huggins and Cincinnati assistant George Jackson.