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Louisville is a finalist for Minnesota grad transfer Marcus Carr

This could change everything for the Cards.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL: MAR 11 Big Ten Tournament - Minnesota v Ohio State Photo by Zach Bolinger/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Minnesota star guard Marcus Carr, who last week removed his name from the NBA Draft and announced he would transfer to another school to finish his college career, is down to four potential landing spots: Louisville, Kentucky, Texas and Kansas. This according to ESPN’s Jeff Borzello.

Carr has been rated all offseason by multiple college hoops writers as the top potential transfer available on the market, and for good reason.

After playing for Pitt in 2017-18, Carr transferred to Minnesota where he was a star in each of his two seasons with the Gophers. He broke the school’s single-season assist record as a sophomore in 2019-20, and leaves as the program’s career leader in assists per game. As a junior last season, Carr finished third in the Big Ten in both scoring (19.4) and assists (4.9). He was a finalist for the Bob Cousy Award, which is given annually to the best point guard in college basketball.

I don’t think I even need to say it, but this would be an absolute game-changer for the 2021-22 Louisville basketball season. The Cardinals have a nice enough roster in place, but there are still significant questions when it comes to having a primary ballhandler as well as a dynamic playmaker. Carr would check both those boxes.

He’s up against some staunch competition, but Chris Mack needs to be all in here.