Sam Williamson is set to take on a bigger role this season with Louisville Basketball and gave some updates about the status of the Cards.
With Louisville basketball set to begin its season on November 25 against Evansville as part of the Wade Houston Tipoff Classic in the KFC Yum! Center, there are a lot of questions about the Cards’ roster this season, especially with all of the injuries they have faced this offseason. One player whose status has been up-in-the-air for the start of the season is former McDonald’s All-American, Samuell Williamson.
Williamson, who is entering his sophomore season with Louisville, is expected to take a major step up this season after serving as Jordan Nwora’s understudy a season ago. He is also expected to be one of Louisville’s key contributors on offense. Wednesday, Sam Williamson talked to the media and gave some updates on his injury situation and the Cards preparations for the 2020-21 college basketball season.
As for his injury, Williamson said he is doing a lot better than he had been and is not 100% yet, but as close as he has been over the weeks. He returned to practice this past week and is expected to be ready to go for the start of the season for Louisville. It is unknown if he will play limited minutes with a very condensed offseason.
When asked about this year’s Louisville basketball team and what fans of the Cards can expect to see this season, the sophomore forward talked about how this year’s team is still trying to improve and will be different than what Cards’ fans have been accustomed to over the years.
“Well, I think we are a team that is still trying to find their identity a little bit. We lost a lot from last year, but this year people got to step up. We are probably going to play a little different than we did last year, but I think we will be a team that prides itself on being tough… you know getting on the offensive glass, creating second chance points, and then defensively we got to make a huge step from where we were last year and we have to be better than we were last year.”
Last season with Louisville, Sam Williamson averaged 4.4 points and 2.5 rebounds per game. He shot 47% from the floor, including 33% from beyond the three-point line in a small sample size. With Jordan Nwora being drafted by the Milwaukee Bucks 45th overall, Sam Williamson is set to take over the starting small forward spot for the Cards in 2020-21.
Assuming all goes well in terms of COVID-19 testing and all of the teams that are scheduled to participate in the Wade Houston Tipoff Classic arrive to Louisville without any issues, Louisville will begin its 2020-21 season against Evansville this coming Wednesday, then Seton Hall on Nov. 27, followed by matchups against Prairie View A&M, Western Kentucky and UNC-Greensboro on Nov. 29, Dec. 1 and Dec. 4.