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Louisville: Steven Enoch to return, Jordan Nwora pushes deadline

While a final decision from Louisville sharpshooter Jordan Nwora is still incoming, the Cardinals know that they will have veteran center Steven Enoch back for the 2019-20 season. That’s good news for Chris Mack, heading into Year 2. Enoch spent the last two months testing the NBA Draft waters.

Prior to his time at Louisville, Enoch played two seasons at UConn; he transferred transferred to Louisville and redshirted during the 2017-18 season. A year later, in 2018-19, though, he started 14 games. Enoch played in 34 games, and scored 9.4 points per game (52.8 FG%, 55.8 eFG%) while grabbing 5.2 rebounds.

The 6-foot-10 Enoch displayed some stretch to his offensive game as well: 14 3-pointers (36 3P%). In ACC play, he posted an offensive rebound rate of 9.5 percent, which ranked 15th in the conference, according to KenPom.

Enoch will join a powerful post rotation — along with fellow veteran Malik Williams and highly-ranked freshman Aidan Igiehon, a top-60 prospect in the 2019 class.

 

Jordan Nwora

Back in late March, not long after Louisville’s season ended, Nwora announced his decision to enter the 2019 NBA Draft, too. Voted the ACC’s Most Improved Player this season, Nwora emerged as an interesting (big) range shooter. He averaged 17 points and 7.6 rebounds per game.

The 6-foot-7 Nwora became a high-usage player (26 percent usage rate), known primarily for his ability to launch from deep, especially off the catch. He’s a catch-and-shoot ace: Nwora made 77 3-pointers this season (37.4 3P%, 53.3 eFG%) — 90 percent of which were assisted on.

Nwora was invited to participate in the draft combine; however, he chose not to participate in five-on-five scrimmages due to a reported calf injury. He did get measured, though — checking in with a 6-foot-10.5 inch wingspan.

After a promising freshman season in 2017-18, Nwora excelled in a more-featured role as a sophomore. An All-ACC selection, Nwora also evolved into an NBA prospect. If he chooses to return to Louisville, Chris Mack could have quite the squad for his second season — and Nwora would give the Cards a piece to center the offense around.

 

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