—Class of 2021 Louisville commit Bryce Hopkins is up to No. 37 in ESPN’s updated top 100 rankings.
—The NCAA will not change anything about its transfer rules for 2020-21 and is citing COVID-19 as the reason for its indecision. There had previously been noise that the proposed rule which would allow all athletes a one-time transfer without having to sit out a season would be implemented before the start of the next academic year.
—Despite that decision, there’s still optimism that the one-time transfer rule could be implemented before the start of the 2021-22 season.
Returning power-conference players who didn't declare for the draft, ordered by '19-20 win shares:— Heat Check CBB (@HeatCheckCBB) April 30, 2020
7.1 — Carlik Jones, Louisville (Radford transfer)
5.3 — Trayce Jackson-Davis, Indiana
5.0 — Oscar da Silva, Stanford
4.9 — Keyontae Johnson, Florida
4.6 — John Fulkerson, Tennessee
—Louisville is No. 22 in Rob Dauster’s updated early hoops rankings for NBC Sports.
—Wake Forest has hired Steve Forbes away from East Tennessee State to take over as the new Demon Deacons men’s basketball coach. Forbes is the real deal and represents the first thing fans in Winston-Salem have been able to get excited about since John Collins went to the NBA.
—It would seem as though there’s some positive buzz around Jordan Nwora’s name at the moment.
Will note because I’ve now gotten three calls about it today: seems like I’m probably 10 spots or so too low on Louisville’s Jordan Nwora in the updated mock. More of an early-to-mid second round guy versus a mid-to-late second round guy. https://t.co/dZJtoH7FAr— Sam Vecenie (@Sam_Vecenie) April 29, 2020
Sam had Jordan going 51st overall in the mock draft he released on Wednesday.
—Lindsay Duvall talks more about her decision to leave Louisville and her desire to make a larger impact at her next stop.
—NBA executives give Jeff Goodman their thoughts on the 2020 early entry candidates, including former Cardinal signee Jay Scrubb.
Jay Scrubb, 6-6, 215, SG, So., John A. Logan College | “Talented, but probably should have gone to Louisville for a year.” – NBA executive
Another NBA executive: “I wouldn’t draft him. He needed to go to college.”
—Scotty Davenport is the guest on the latest episode of the WDRB Sports Pod.
—Speaking of coach Davenport, he’ll be leading Bellarmine into Division-I beginning next season. Here’s an in-depth look at how the 30 programs that have made the same jump since 2005 have fared at the D-I level.
—Have a year, Georgia.
—The KHSAA has updated its COVID-19 policies and guidelines.
—How about a college football playoff spot for the school that develops a COVID-19 vaccine?
—Louisville men’s golf coach Mark Crabtree, who earlier this year announced that this would be his final season after 21 years, is one of five finalists for the Division-I men’s golf Coach of the Year award.
—Jordan Nwora is still putting in work to get himself draft ready.
—Louisville went hard after defensive end Travion Ford and made the four-star’s final three, but in the end, Ford chose to stay home and commit to Missouri.
—How much could an established college star like Trevor Lawrence profit from the newly (sort of) proposed NIL rules?
—Speaking of, the NCAA signaled a major move on Wednesday, but expect plenty of legal conflict in the future.
—Marshon Ford represents a new pathway for local football players who hope to star at Louisville.
—Dan McDonnell makes a solid case for expanded rosters at the college level.
“There’s going to be 300-plus more really good juniors in college baseball that have to come back,” he said. “Plus, it’s going to be hard to deny a (recruit) a scholarship when he signed it in November. We’re going to need some form of relief, whether we get more scholarship money or not. When you say more scholarship money, that scares a lot of people. I get it.
“But even without more scholarship money, we need roster spots and we need expansion on the roster. Let’s not tie college baseball’s hands and say you can only have 35. That worked in the past, that’s not going to work now.
“You’re just hoping that, you say the NCAA, ADs, conferences, everybody takes in all the information and tries to do the right thing. Give the student-athlete the option, and that’s what we’re hoping for when we say relief. Give us more than 27 (scholarship) spots, give us more than 35 (on the roster).
“Give us some relief and that’s what hopefully we find out in the next week or two. We’re hoping the draft is around June 10, don’t know if that will happen, and we’re hoping to get an answer on roster relief and scholarship relief. The sooner the better for everybody.”
—Little League has canceled the 2020 World Series and Region Tournaments.
—There are still a lot of details to work out about how the Kentucky Derby is going to look on Sept. 5.
—The NCAA isn’t going to stop doing NCAA things.
—And finally, Lucas Aulbach tells the feel-good story of Jody Demling conquering the corona virus.