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I_medium The Daily Gopher reacts to the Matz Stockman transfer news.

I_medium Jeff Greer writes about Jordan Nwora, the sharp-shooter Louisville desperately needs.

Jordan Nwora didn't mince his words when he was asked how he might make an immediate impact on Louisville's 2017-18 basketball team.

"I definitely can help out, shooting-wise," Nwora said. "I know that's something that we need."

That will be music to coach Rick Pitino's ears: Louisville shot 45.7 percent from the field as a team, a figure that ranked 103rd out of 351 in Division I college basketball, and the Cards made 35.5 percent from 3-point range. Their offense improved as the season progressed, but the Cards entered the offseason hoping the incoming signing class would provide much-needed offensive firepower.

Nwora's shooting touch is the primary reason why the Cards recruited the 6-foot-8 combo forward from New York. Nwora averaged 14.9 points and made 37.2 percent of his 3-pointers during last summer's fiercely competitive Nike EYBL AAU circuit. He followed that up with a 22.5-point average at Vermont Academy during his prep year.


"I'm already pretty athletic, so getting there (around 215 pounds) I'd be more athletic," Nwora said. "There's a lot of running and conditioning. I'm comfortable with doing it. We do a lot of conditioning (at Vermont Academy)."

Nwora said he "got a lot better" on the defensive end during his prep year, something recruiting analysts suggested would be his biggest task before he plays for the Cards.

"It's gotten a lot better, but playing in the ACC, it has to be really good," Nwora said. "Physicality, I'm good with that. It's just getting better on that end."

I_medium Indiana's Thomas Bryant has declared for the draft, but will not sign with an agent.

I_medium I'll miss the easy jokes most of all.

I_medium Brandon Radcliff met with the Los Angeles Chargers today.

I_medium Consistency is the next big step for Jaire Alexander.

Now heading into his crucial junior season, Alexander wants everything improved -- from his physique to his 40 time to his consistency to his film study to his leadership. Over the past four months, Alexander has gained five pounds and worked on his core and flexibility, mostly through quick-twitch ab workouts.

He also has gotten a crash course in the new defense coordinator Peter Sirmon brought with him, and has mentored younger players who will be expected to play more this season. These are all roles Alexander has grown into, but they certainly have taken on greater urgency considering the expectations.

Alexander returns as a favorite to land on the preseason All-ACC team, the anchor on a secondary that should be among the best in the conference. Performances like the one he had against Clemson (two interceptions) and Virginia (game-turning interception) highlight what makes him special, but they also highlight inconsistencies, too.

"Can he do that every game?" Sirmon said. "A lot of guys can do it once or twice or in all the big games, but can he go out there and be a consistent player? He's got some great cover ability. He's got a chance to take some players out of the game, but will he have the maturity to do that every week? That's where he needs to take that next step."

Alexander admits as much, saying, "Definitely have to play like I did against Clemson, with any team, no matter the game, or time where we play. Being able to be consistent is a big part of why people are successful. With me becoming consistent, that brings another factor to the game."

I_medium The second-ranked Louisville baseball team is back in action tonight against Purdue. First pitch at Jim Patterson is scheduled for 6 p.m.

I_medium New Mexico State's head basketball coach just left the program for arch-rival New Mexico, which is super weird but also super interesting. I wrote about it here.

I_medium This hasn't been the best day in the history of The Courier-Journal.

I_medium Ricky O'Donnell takes his best guess at where the top five unsigned 2017 basketball recruits in America are headed (spoiler: none pick Louisville).

I_medium Maryland's President made some waves over the weekend by saying that he believes North Carolina will get the death penalty from the NCAA because of its academic scandal. That's not going to happen.

I_medium Memphis has lost six players to transfer and there seems to be discontent with Tubby Smith coming from every angle. So what do you do if you're the Memphis AD? Apparently serve up a "WE CAN'T HAVE ANYBODY FREAKING OUT" press release.

Reminder that the Cards and Tigers are supposed to play in New York this year.

I_medium Oregon's Tyler Dorsey is capitalizing on his torrid March by declaring for the draft and signing with an agent.

I_medium Very sad story out of Wright State.

In a tragic accident this past weekend, Wright State basketball freshman Ryan Custer fractured his C5 vertebrae after jumping into a makeshift pool and hitting his head on a person's knee. Custer was flown to a local hospital and admitted to the neurosurgery ICU, where he underwent spinal cord surgery.

The surgery went as planned and Custer has feelings to the touch from his shoulders down his arms to his fingers. He can also bend his arms at the elbows and shrug his shoulders. He currently has no feeling from the waist down, but doctors are hopeful that in time, more feeling will come back.

A GoFundMe campaign has been created to help Custer in his recovery. More information here:

I_medium Xavier star Trevon Bluiett, who is mulling a decision about his future, was arrested on drug charges recently.

I_medium The Musketeers have, however, landed a solid transfer in the form of Green Bay's Kerem Kanter.

I_medium The Bonz is back.

I_medium Louisville football has named Stephen Field as its Director of High School Relations. Field is a very well-known name in the high school football world in the state of Florida.

I_medium Go get 'em, ladies.

I_medium U of L signee Malik Williams is a 2017 Indiana All-Star.

I_medium The latest mock draft from The Sporting News has Donovan Mitchell going 25th.

Status: In, without agent

One Key Number: 2015-16 shooting: 40.0 effective field goal percentage on catch-and-shoots, 41.4 percent off-the-dribble; 2016-17 shooting: 56.7 effective field goal percentage on catch-and-shoots, 43.8 percent off-the-dribble

Mitchell has always been an elite athlete with tremendous length, but he opened up the rest of his game this season by becoming a better jump shooter. With that skill in tow, Mitchell should be able to become a solid backup combo guard, especially appealing to teams that have bigger lead ball handlers (a la, Milwaukee, Philadelphia, and Houston).

I_medium Clemson put out a video about the making of its national championship rings and I puked seven seconds into it.

I_medium Louisville's Emmonnie Henderson was named ACC Track and Field Performer of the Week.

I_medium These are still sensational.

I_medium Actually, Friday night college football is good.

I_medium And finally, Jawon Pass is patiently waiting for his turn behind Lamar Jackson, a man who taught him "how to win the Heisman."