In what could arguably be the most exciting week all year for the Louisville basketball program, it seems as if steam is only picking up on the Kenny Payne recruiting train. The week began on Sunday with the commitment of five-star center Dennis Evans, after a successful official visit with the coaching staff. And then it was announced yesterday that former four-star prospect and Illinois transfer guard Skyy Clark will be on an official visit to Louisville today.
In the media storm that ensued surrounding the Louisville basketball program, there were two more five-stars (via 247Sports) that were projected to come to Louisville yesterday in 2024 combo guard Trentyn Flowers and 2024 small forward Carter Bryant. Carter Bryant exploded on the scene yesterday through On3’s Joe Tipton dropping an article detailing that the No. 1 2024 prospect in California was down to two schools: Louisville and Arizona.
This week has been pure chaos in terms of Louisville basketball, recruiting top prospects, and overhauling the roster. By the way, it’s only Tuesday morning. One of the most captivating storylines surrounding the Louisville program at this point is that this Saturday, Trentyn Flowers is committing to a university via the 247Sports YouTube channel.
Just yesterday nine college basketball analysts, one on 247Sports and eight on Rivals.com, have projected the No. 2 prospect in the state of North Carolina to join the Cardinals.
247Sports Maryland contributor Colby Giacubeno Crystal Balled him to join the Cardinals and Colby has yet to miss a prediction yet. He is 83/83 all-time on his prospect predictions, which is an incredibly impressive feat and can give Louisville basketball fans immense confidence heading into Saturday.
Joining Colby, via Rivals.com, are Arkansas analyst Jackson Collier, Syracuse analyst Andrew Barth, Louisville analyst Dave Lackford, who changed his early prediction from Creighton, Rivals analyst Woody Wommack, South Florida analyst Russ Wood, national analyst Rob Cassidy, Rob Holmes, and Jeremy Hauer all have cast their vote of confidence in Trentyn Flowers committing to the Cardinals.
If that isn’t having confidence in what Kenny Payne is cooking up, then I am not sure what is. Yesterday, Trentyn Flowers tweeted out an emoji that typically is associated with the North Carolina Tar Heels followed by a pair of eyeballs. But, this could very well be a smoke screen much like four-star cornerback Daylen Austin did right before he announced his commitment to the Oregon Ducks, following an official visit to Louisville.
One would believe that Flowers’ tweet is a smoke screen after seeing all of the confidence from the insiders around the nation. All the Louisville fanbase has to do now is wait until Saturday night.
Three of the same Rivals analysts that FutureCasted Trentyn Flowers yesterday also made it a point to project five-star small forward Carter Bryant to come to Louisville as well. Syracuse analyst Andrew Barth, Arkansas analyst Jackson Collier, and Rob Holmes all cast their vote for Bryant to choose the Cardinals over Arizona.
Jason Scheer, a 247Sports Arizona insider, cast his vote via 247Sports for the California product to join the Wildcats, but his pick is outdated as he placed it on December 28, 2022. The recruiting steam that Louisville is picking up right now seems to be more in line with Carter Bryant’s future.
All of this means that Kenny Payne is hard at work to overhaul this roster with incredibly talented prospects and right now he is doing what we all thought he would do last year. Albeit the IARP recruiting cloud did severely dampen the availability of prospects due to the inability to promise college basketball veterans and incoming high schoolers that they wouldn’t have to endure probation and potentially miss the NCAA tournament.
Now, there is no cloud lingering and instantly the image of Louisville basketball is restored, which is an attractive selling point to any incoming players because of the history of the program and the way that the Louisville fanbase loves the players, both in football and basketball.
Let the games begin.