To me, Padgett was more Eric Chenowith than Nick Collison. (in the interest of full disclosure, when he signed with KU, I said to all my boys "this is the next Nick Collison." Man, was I wrong.) He was a whiner, always seemed to be injured, and never embraced Lawrence. So off to Louisville he went. Rick Pitino seemed to lose confidence in him every other month. He was so up and down, yet this was going to be his big year, his Senior year. He was moved into the starting lineup ahead of the uber-talented Derrick Caracter. That lasted one who month and now his career is seemingly over.
While I feel sorry for him for his career ending, I have no sorrow for Pete Padgett, who's meal ticket soon won't soon be playing pro ball and ending his financial worries. Back to work for life like the rest of us Pete!