—Chris Mack is the guest on the latest episode of Eric Wood’s podcast. You can check it out here.
—Louisville makes the “next in line” section of the latest early college hoops top 25 from Jeff Borzello at ESPN.
—Jordan Nwora discusses his time at Louisville, his current situation, and the pro basketball life ahead of him in this exit interview with The Athletic’s Danielle Lerner.
If you had to be quarantined with three Louisville teammates, who would it be and why?
Darius, just because that’s my man, my roommate. It would just be funny times. Then I’d probably say Ryan (McMahon) just because I like being around Ryan. He’s a real cool guy too, and I’ve hung out with Darius and Ryan a bunch and I know that’d be good times. And the last one I’d probably say Steve because he has great taste in music and we could probably turn up.
What’re you gonna miss most about being at Louisville?
Just being able to be with my teammates all the time. They say you’ll miss it, but it hits me some days already not being able to be with them all the time. Other than that, the fans and everyone else in Louisville. The support we get is overwhelming. I don’t feel like you can get that a lot of other places.
—Chicago lifer Ricky O’Donnell serves up his seven favorite parts of “The Last Dance” so far.
—College hoops coaches (and the players they’re recruiting) are all in unfamiliar territory during the shutdown.
—Malik Williams is ready for year four in The Ville.
—A look at what it’s like (Athletic link) to watch the WNBA draft (virtually) with Jeff Walz and the rest of the Louisville staff.
—Kentucky schools are officially done for the rest of the school year.
—While back home in Ireland, Louisville golfer John Murphy is mulling what comes next.
—Former Card and current Memphis State Tiger Lance Thomas would like a shot at his old program.
I need this matchup this year ♂️‼️ https://t.co/6UCF4R7TIX— Lance Thomas (@Lancegreek) April 18, 2020
—It looks like tennis will be one of the first sports to return from lockdown.
—That return might happen without star Novak Djokovic though.
—Over 80 percent of up-transfers see a decrease in minutes and usage rate. Hoop Vision’s Jordan Sperber looks at the implications of that reduced role.
 Up-transfers take more threes and draw less fouls
As previously stated, 80% of up-transfers see a reduction in usage rate within their new programs. But what are the implications of that reduced role?
We identified the transfers whose usage rate dropped by five or more percentage points with their new team. Statistically, there were two main offensive categories most affected by usage drops.
First, a higher percentage of up-transfer’s shots become three-point attempts.
—Season before transferring: 34% of shots were from three
—First season after transferring: 41% of shots were from three
Second, up-transfers don’t draw as many fouls.
—Season before transferring: 39% free throw rate (FTA/FGA)
—First season after transferring: 34% free throw rate (FTA/FGA)
With a less ball-dominant role, up-transfers tend to morph into spot-up shooters. Each individual case is obviously different, but recruiting skillsets conducive to these role changes is something that should be considered when taking an up-transfer.
—Former U of L commit Jaden Johnson is headed to Missouri State to play for Bobby Petrino.
—Members of the Louisville baseball senior class continue to weigh their options.
—This is awesome. Not the uniforms, the fact that three Cardinals are all on the same professional team. The uniforms are awful.
—Jeff Goodman has Carlik Jones at No. 1 and Charles Minlend at No. 24 in his grad transfer rankings. Darius Perry, who committed to UCF today, is No. 21.
—Brian Geisinger of ACCSports.com has a very detailed (and video-heavy) explanation of why he believes David Johnson and Carlik Jones can form the ACC’s best backcourt in 2020-21.
Named the Big South Conference Player of the Year in 2020, Jones continues to rapidly ascend. Jones already has over 1,500 career points (15.7 per game), 400 assists (4.7 per game) and 100 3-pointers. Over the last three seasons of college basketball, only seven other players have hit those combined benchmarks, including Payton Pritchard, RJ Cole, Cassius Winston and Anthony Cowan.
The 2019-20 season was his finest work, though. Jones improved his play across the board; he produced noticeable gains in usage rate (31 percent), assist rate (37 percent) and effective shooting (54 eFG%). As his usage jumped, so, too, did his efficiency (8.4 BPM), including a true shooting rate that rose to 59 percent.
Jones listed at 6-foot-1, 180 pounds, but he’s a power guard and he plays with force — stronger than his listed frame. Jones got to the line more frequently this season: a whopping 7.4 FTA per 40 minutes (81.4 FT%). He also shot the long ball at a career-best rate, too: 40.4 percent.
As a result, Jones was the only player in the country this season to finish with 30 percent usage, 30 percent assist rate and 40 percent 3-point shooting. Going back to the 2007-08 season, only six other players — including No. 1 overall pick Markelle Fultz and Jimmer Freddette — can say the same.
Jones was also one of only 13 Division I players, 6-foot-2 or shorter, to record at least 10 dunks during the 2019-20 season.
—Four-star Bowling Green athlete Jantzen Dunn, who had previously listed Louisville among his final seven schools, has committed to Ohio State.
—It goes without saying, but Louisville needs Samuell Williamson to make a large jump in year two as a Cardinal.
—After leading the Hokies in scoring as a freshman, Landers Nolley is transferring from Virginia Tech to Memphis State.
The Cincinnati Reds have joined the teams committed to paying baseball operations employees through May 31, sources tell ESPN. Among the teams known to have made similar commitments: the Braves, Phillies, Giants, White Sox and Marlins. More are expected to do so in coming days.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) April 20, 2020
—With no need for bats and the museum closed, Louisville Slugger has been forced to furlough 171 employees.
—Dino Gaudio is the guest on the latest episode of the Marching to Madness podcast.
—And finally, U of L QB recruit Chayden Peery said he had a “really cool” virtual visit to Louisville on Friday.