Louisville basketball alumni: Edgar Sosa leads AI Naft to League Championship

Feb 28, 2010; Storrs, CT, USA; Louisville Cardinals guard Edgar Sosa (10) warms up before the start of the game against the Connecticut Huskies at Gampel Pavilion. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports
Feb 28, 2010; Storrs, CT, USA; Louisville Cardinals guard Edgar Sosa (10) warms up before the start of the game against the Connecticut Huskies at Gampel Pavilion. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports /
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Edgar Sosa is one of the most remembered point guards in Louisville basketball history. I grew up watching him play for Rick Pitino and always enjoyed how hard he played for the name across the front of his jersey.

In four seasons at Louisville, he started 92 games and averaged about 8 points a contest. He also shot 36% from behind the arc. However, he went undrafted in the 2010 NBA Draft and has bounced around Europe and the Middle East since then.

For the 2021-2022 season, he played for Zamalek, a professional basketball club in Giza, Egypt. But, after one season he left to play for Al-Naft SC, a professional basketball club in Baghdad, Iraq. He came in and immediately made an impact on the team. In nine games in the West Asia Super League, he averaged 32 points, 5.8 assists, while shooting 45% from behind the arc.

Sosa is putting up blistering numbers for a 35-year-old. In doing so, he propelled Al-Naft SC to the Super League Championship yesterday against Al Shorta and led the way with 33 points for Al-Naft, and helped secure the victory for the team.

Edgar Sosa has been a sojourner for many years overseas and now he can add another championship to his resume, a title that eluded him while he was here in Louisville. His team finished the season with a 20-3 overall record.

Having a long career at the professional level overseas, Edgar Sosa has had several opportunities to hoist a championship trophy. He lifted the trophy with Petrochimi Bandar Imam, an Iranian basketball club, in 2016. And he went back-to-back the next year with Al Riyadi, a basketball club in Lebanon, in 2017.

Sosa also won the FIBA Europe Cup in 2018. He has been all around the world and has been a winner in doing so. The New York native continues to make the city of Louisville proud as he represents Cardinal Nation abroad.
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