Just like waiting until the right moment to eliminte a passing lane for a steal, Elisha Justice's patience pays off. Tuesday night, he received a phone call from the University of Louisville, a school where he had verbally committed to before the season even began, and was offered a scholarship to attend the school and play for the Cardinals basketball program.
Earlier in the night it was announced that Cardinal sophomore Samardo Samuels was not going to pull out of the NBA draft, and that opened up a scholarship for Justice.
Not long after the phone call, I spoke with Elisha on the phone. The word that he could use to describe the moment and the phone call was, "awesome".
Patience, one of Elisha's strengths on the court showed as he also had patience off the court. From the beginning, Elisha knew Louisville was where he wanted to be. He told me all year long there was no better fit than Louisville. Even when Coach Cal and the University of Kentucky came calling, Justice did not hesitate. He knew he was destined to be a Cardinal. Now the patience he has shown all year long has finally paid off as he will truly get to live his dream.
The 2010 Kentucky Mr. Basetball winner will be signing with Louisville Wednesday morning over at Shelby Valley High School.
Elisha led the Wildcats of Shelby Valley to a 32-4 record as well as the first ever state title in the history of the school. During his high school career, Shelby Valley won two All "A" state titles and the Sweet 16 title.