Louisville Releases Eric Van Der Heijden And Bobby Pettiford Jr From Their Letters Of Intent

The shakeup that is happening in the Louisville Men’s Basketball program isn’t just relegated to the coaching staff. Today, the men’s basketball program announced they have released signees Bobby Pettiford Jr and Eric Van Der Heijden from their letters of intent.

Pettiford is a 4 Star 6’1 point guard from Durham, NC. Van Der Heijden is a 3 Star 6’9 power forward from Raleigh, NC. Both signed with Louisville in November during the early signing period. Pettiford committed to the Cards on June 10th last year. Van Der Heidjen committed a month later on July 31st. Both were recruited by former assistant Dino Gaudio, who will not have his contract renewed.

It’s likely that Louisville will look to both the grad transfer and regular transfer market. Regular transfers are, for the first time, allowed to have a one-time transfer without having to sit out. We will see who Louisville targets in the coming days.

To read more about the development, including what Coach Mack had to say, please read UofL’s press release below:


Van Der Heijden, Pettiford, Released From Letter-of-Intent

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Eric Van Der Heijden and Bobby Pettiford, who each signed a national letter-of-intent with the University of Louisville men’s basketball program in November, have been released from their commitments to pursue other opportunities.  

“We have granted both their full release and wish them both well,” said UofL Head Men’s Basketball Coach Chris Mack. “I want them to be happy with their decision and find a place where they can be successful.”


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