The Louisville Cardinals are coming off a historically bad 2022-23 season in the first year of new head coach Kenny Payne. Now, the head coach has the tough task of building the program back up from the ground.
Payne is off to a solid start here in the offseason, landing a commitment and a transfer within a day of each other.
First, the Cardinals earned a commitment out of the transfer portal from Skyy Clark, a former five-star guard that had interest from North Carolina before committing to Kentucky and then eventually landing at Illinois. Clark left the Illini program mid-season and committed to Louisville hours after Illinois lost in the NCAA Tournament.
Then on Friday, the Cardinals landed five-star forward Trentyn Flowers who then reclassified to the 2023 class. Flowers was also a UNC target at one time before the Tar Heels backed off and focused on other recruits for the 2024 class.
NEWS: Top-20 junior Trentyn Flowers has committed to Louisville and will reclassify to 2023, he tells me.
“I chose Louisville because I knew from the first time I visited there that I wanted to be a Card.”
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— Joe Tipton (@TiptonEdits) March 17, 2023
These two moves likely won’t make Louisville a contender right away in the ACC next season but it’s a good start for Payne. The Cardinals are expected to be even more active in the portal as they look to figure this thing out sooner than later.
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