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America is back.

—Louisville catcher Henry Davis has been named to the midseason Golden Spikes Award watch list.

—The U of L women’s golf team is geared up for this week’s ACC Championship.

—I enjoy these new player videos.

—Pro Football Focus profiles (video) TuTu Atwell.

—The 11th-seeded Louisville volleyball team is a Cinderella no more in this year’s NCAA tournament. The Cards begin play on Thursday against San Diego.

—Hoops Insight is of the belief that Jarrod West will have more of an impact on Louisville’s 2021-22 season than Noah Locke will.

Locke didn’t show much evolution as a player at Florida. As a freshman he was a high-volume and accurate 3 point shooter who rarely did anything but shoot. He collected very few assists or turnovers, and only about 5% of his shots came at the rim. Locke didn’t rebound well, his steal rates were below average, and he rarely got to the line. More importantly, none of this changed at all during his 3 years. That may be due to the coaching staff, but other Gator guards evolved into larger roles while Locke was there. Tre Mann was a backup as a freshman and largely ineffective, with poor shooting and assist numbers. As a sophomore he blossomed into a dynamic point guard and NBA prospect. Tyree Appleby transferred in from Cleveland State and became a second dynamic playmaker in the backcourt. Locke was a starter since his freshman year and seemed largely unable to take on any larger role.

If Louisville has Carlik Jones and El Ellis on the roster next season, they will have the playmakers to take advantage of Locke’s shooting. I am not certain that Locke can handle the secondary playmaker role that Mack likes to use, however. In every season he’s coached, Chris Mack has started 2 players who filled a playmaker role. Usually those players are guards, those he occasionally will use a dynamic wing or big who can rack up assists. Mack has never started a guard who had assist rates as low as Locke has put up in his career; even Ryan McMahon averaged 2x as many assists per game as Locke has in his career. That leads me to believe Locke will play in 3 guard lineups alongside 2 playmakers, but that means that Louisville won’t be able to play lineups with Williamson, Davis, or Cross at SF alongside Withers and Malik Williams. I just don’t see how Locke fits into the type of lineups Chris Mack prefers, and don’t see how Louisville gets their best 5 on the floor consistently if Noah Locke is playing major minutes. I think it’s more likely that Locke plays 12-15 minutes per game a a backup wing to give Louisville a jolt of offense of the bench. It’s basically the role Josh Nickelberry was earmarked for this year, before his shot deserted him. I am confident Locke will shoot well from three, but I don’t know that he’ll do enough of anything else to get more time. Between Ellis, West, Matt Cross, and stretch bigs Jae’lyn Withers and JJ Traynor, UofL should have much more shooting than last year and a one-dimensional player like Locke will be a luxury, not a necessity.

I may be completely wrong on my assessment; it’s happened before, and it’s worth noting that Bart Torvik’s early projection for next year has Locke earmarked for a major role and West as a bench player. Based on the evidence from their careers so far and the roles Mack tends to use, I’d expect those to be flipped. Regardless, Louisville has upgraded their talent level for next season and should be an ACC contender.

—Louisville Report takes a closer look at Carlik Jones’ decision.

—WNBA.com has five things to know about Dana Evans.

—The one time transfer rule is happening.

—Former Card Adam Duvall went 4-for-5 with a pair of home runs and seven runs driven in last night.

—Bellarmine youth basketball camps are returning to their natural state this summer.

—The Louisville-Kentucky rivalry has moved to a new front: The transfer portal.

—This is very cool.

—Hailey Van Lith is one of 20 women’s college basketball players who have accepted invitations to attend the 2021 USA Basketball Women’s AmeriCup Team trials on April 18-21.

—Brad Davison’s testicle punching tour of the Midwest will roll on as he is returning to Wisconsin for a 17th season.

—Three U of L men’s soccer players earned All-ACC honors.

—Cardinal Authority highlights some of Louisville football’s spring standouts on the offensive side of the ball.

OL TREVOR REID

Trevor Reid was the top-ranked junior college offensive lineman in the Class of 2020 and wowed folks last summer with a video of him doing backflips.

But despite the hype and his athleticism, the 6-foot-5, 305-pound Reid didn’t see the field much last season.

Well, that will change this fall.

Reid stepped into the left tackle spot for new offensive line coach Jack Bicknell Jr., and has stepped up his game. He played in eight games last fall, but mainly on special teams, and allows Louisville to move Adonis Boone to guard - which is where he’s stronger at.

“He is one of more athletic linemen in the country,” Scott Satterfield said of Reid. “You know he’s 6’5, 305 pounds and can do a backflip. Being able to do a backflip is one thing, but learning how to block is another, and he’s done a great job with that.”

The skinny: Reid should be the starting left tackle and is a future pro.

—Former Louisville assistant Wyking Jones has joined Mike Hopkins’ staff at Washington.

—Cardinal Authority examines the U of L basketball roster following today’s David Johnson news.

—Jarrod West explains his decision to become a Cardinal:

—SportsBetting.ag has the Denver Broncos as the favorite to be Teddy Bridgewater’s next team.

—And finally, go Cards volleyball. Beat San Diego.