Forward Rakeem Buckles will transfer from the University of Louisville to play for Richard Pitino at Florida International.
Buckles is expected to miss the 2012-13 season while recovering from the second torn anterior cruciate ligament of his career.
"Rakeem is one of my favorites during my tenure at Louisville," said U of L Coach Rick Pitino. "He's just a fantastic young man who we wish great success at FIU. We will miss his personality and work ethic, but he is in good hands with Richard."
Richard Pitino was an assistant under his father at U of L before replacing Isiah Thomas as head coach at FIU this spring.
Never miss a local story.
Buckles will be returning to his hometown in Miami, where he was coached in high school by current FIU assistant Mark Lieberman.
As a sophomore, the 6-foot-7 forward tore the ACL in his right knee on Feb. 27, 2011, in a game against Pittsburgh. He returned to action last season, playing for the first time on Dec. 7. Buckles injured his left knee on Jan. 16, 2012, at Marquette and missed the remainder of the season.
Buckles played in 11 games in 2011-12, averaging 4.0 points and 3.8 rebounds per game. He averaged 6.8 points and 6.1 rebounds in 16 games as a sophomore and 3.8 points and 3.4 rebounds in 32 games as a freshman.