With all of the Twitter chatter surrounding Kenny Payne’s recruiting activity, we finally have some public fruition of all of those private endeavors. Gary, Indiana native Koron Davis announced on Twitter that he had received an offer from Head Coach Kenny Payne and the University of Louisville. The Louisville basketball program has slim pickings from the available options in the high school ranks for the 2023 class, so it appears Kenny Payne is choosing another route, the junior college market.
The junior college market has been publicly displayed to the masses through the Netflix docu-series Last Chance U: Basketball in which it follows Head Coach John Mosley and the East Los Angeles College basketball team. With stars on the team like Shemar Morrow and Demetrius Calip, the Louisville Cardinals would not have to look much further than those two for potential pieces to build around for the future.
But, there are talented basketball players all over the country, you just have to look for them. A couple that are unsigned and uncommitted are two players in Louisville’s backyard. Ballard High School combo guard Gabe Sisk could use a scholarship as well as Gary, Indiana’s Ashton Williamson. Both of these players could offer tremendous aid to what will be a significantly depleted roster from this year to next.
Jumping back into the junior college ranks lies another potential prospect that lacks a power five offer. He is currently teammates with Louisville native Curt Lewis, who just announced his commitment to play for the Missouri Tigers recently. Lewis is ranked in the top three JUCO products in the country right now behind Salt Lake Community College’s JaQuan Scott and South Plains College’s Christian Coleman.
A little bit further down that list is Curt Lewis’ teammate KJ Debrick, who is ranked number 12 overall in the JUCO ranks. He currently does not have any offers that have been made public, but he is a 6-foot-10 big man and is ranked as one of the best JUCO players in the country, so he at least deserves a nod from the coaching staff, or any Division I program for that matter.
Debrick would add a huge missing piece to the incoming class because both of the signees who are coming in are both 6-foot-6 small forwards and a very gaping hole in the roster is at big man and point guard, which would be a great spot for Gabe Sisk to slide into if that were to happen. Or Koron Davis, if he elects to commit to the Cardinals.
Debrick has soft touch around the rim, can catch the ball in traffic, and can even stretch the floor and knock down the occasional three-pointer if needed. He could be a great asset to this team.