When it comes to recruiting former Minnesota goalie Marcus Carr, Louisville comes across as one of the schools that is breaking away from the rest of the pack.
According to a report released Friday by Jon Rothstein, a college basketball insider at CBS Sports, Carr “plans to visit Texas next week” but is also “working on a visit to Louisville.” Kansas and Kentucky are the other two programs that complement its the best schools recently reported, but Rothstein describes them simply as “in the mix”.
In mid-March, the 6-foot-2, 195-pound junior point guard entered the transfer portal and was then declared for the 2021 NBA Draft two weeks later. He did not sign an agent, leaving open the possibility of returning to university. After the Draft Combine, he removed his name from the draft process.
The Toronto, Ont. Native was one of the only brilliant points from a mediocre Golden Gophers team last season. In all 29 games, Carr averaged 19.4 points, 4.9 assists, 4.0 rebounds and 1.3 steals. It was named First Team All-Big Ten by the Associated Press and was among the top ten nominees for the Bob Cousy Award.
Louisville has signed three transfers so far this offseason: Miami forward Matt Cross, Marshall goaltender Jarrod West and Florida goaltender Noah Locke. Factoring in high school goalie / striker Michael James and center Roosevelt Wheeler, and goalie JUCO El Ellis, the Cardinals will have six new faces on the 2021-22 roster.
On the other side of that room, a good number of players have left the Cardinals. Guards Carlik Jones and David Johnson have declared themselves for the 2021 NBA Draft; Guard Josh Nickelberry, Forward Quinn Slazinski and Forward Aidan Igiehon entered the portal; and guard Charles Minlend graduated. As a result, the program still has two scholarships open for next season.
Louisville opened the 2020-21 season 9-1 and was ranked as high as the nation’s No.16 team. But due to COVID issues, injuries and sometimes offensive inconsistencies, they went 4-6 in the second half of the season to finish at 13-7 and 8-5 in the Atlantic Coast Conference – missing out on the NCAA tournament by a razor- fine margin.