Louisville basketball makes final list for highly sought-after transfer

Louisville basketball is officially on commitment watch after a top grad transfer option included the Cards in his top seven.

Louisville basketball may have moved one step closer to landing a future starter on Tuesday.

The Cardinals have offered a handful of players currently on the transfer market, including a few of the biggest names, but perhaps none bigger than one of the nation’s leading rebounders in 2019-20.

Sacred Heart graduate transfer EJ Anosike announced that he has narrowed his list to seven schools and that he will be making his college decision on Friday, March 27th.

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Anosike was absolutely dominant during his junior campaign averaging 15.7 points, 11.6 rebounds, and 1.7 assists per game.

Earlier this month, we detailed why Anosike would be the perfect fit for the Cards, likening him to Dwayne Sutton:

At 6’6, 245-pounds, Anosike is built and plays much as Sutton did for Louisville. He’s a relentless attacker who makes a living scoring around the rim by bullying smaller players with his frame and finishing above the rim as a rebounder.

There definitely isn’t anything about Anosike that will wow you in terms of NBA athleticism or playmaking ability, but what he could bring to the table for Mack would be greatly needed. Versatility, rebounding, defense, intensity, shooting, above the rim finishing, and much more.

He literally does everything.

Anosike is the type of player who would be a great locker room guy wherever he winds up.

Though he will draw the Sutton comparisons, he is almost more of a hybrid between Sutton and Chane Behanan.

Anosike is just a massive body. Though he is only 6’6,” he plays like a guy who could post up down low as a back-to-the-basket big. He is a real threat on the boards, and he is a streaky shooter from the outside.

Rivals Basketball Recruiting Analyst Corey Evans called Anosike “arguably the most productive and efficient prospect” to make his top graduate transfer list.

He is coming off a resounding season at Sacred Heart in which he led his team in scoring, rebounding, free throw attempts and field goals made. The New Jersey native is a bit of a tweener position-wise, but he would fit in well as a small-ball power forward for a high-major program in his final season.

Anosike could be a great fit in Louisville’s system. The Cardinals are in desperate need of rebounding and could use a skilled, experienced four to help with depth behind Quinn Slazinski and Jae’Lyn Withers.

Additionally, Anosike could be an excellent back-up option sliding in for a small ball lineup if Malik Williams and Aidan Igiehon cannot go.

Here’s to hoping Anosike is the next member of this unpredictable 2020 class.

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