Louisville currently holds the No. 8 incoming recruiting class, according to 247Sports. Along with the No. 68 player in the class, point guard Darius Perry, the Cardinals will also add five-star center Malik Williams. The No. 3 big man in the class stands at 7’0 and will look to add to an already good defensive team and stretch the floor.
Williams also held offers from Michigan State, Indiana, Maryland, UCLA, Xavier, and Butler. He was a coveted add who should find immediate minutes.
He’ll join 7-footer Anas Mahmoud, who will return as a senior. He averaged six points, four rebounds, and two blocks per game.
Deng Adel was pegged as a potential breakout player in his sophomore year before this season began. Adel had barely played as a freshman, but he impressed scouts at Adidas Nations during the summer.
For the most part, Adel lived up to the hype. He averaged 12.1 points per game, hit 34 percent of his threes, and proved to be a willing passer and rebounder as well. Still, it feels like he is capable of taking another step up. If he does it in his junior year, Louisville could find itself with a star.
Bill O’Brien got rid of the expensive headache known as Brock Osweiler and is free to handpick a more malleable passer with strengths and an offensive mentality to his liking. Trubisky is much more than a big pocket passer, and O’Brien would love tailoring his unique blend of short accuracy and athleticism into a more effective, efficient package that Osweiler had no chance of becoming.