In what has been a program-altering week for Kenny Payne and the Louisville basketball program, the latest prospect to announce his commitment to the University of Louisville is five-star combo guard/small forward Trentyn Flowers.
The No. 2 recruit in the state of North Carolina for the 2024 class also told On3’s Joe Tipton that he will reclassify to the 2023 recruiting cycle. Meaning, he will join incoming JUCO guard Koron Davis, Illinois transfer Skyy Clark, five-star center Dennis Evans, four-star small forward Kaleb Glenn, and four-star Curtis Williams Jr. in this year’s incoming class, thus far.
Flowers makes the third high profile target for Louisville to commit to the program in the last seven days. Just a few weeks ago, the noise surrounding the Louisville basketball program was that of negativity and the 4-28 season that both the players, staff, and fans had to endure.
But, this week alone speaks to the success Kenny Payne has had with recruiting top-tier talent and confirms that one of the main reasons he was brought in to coach his alma mater was a legitimate one. The hype around Louisville basketball hasn’t been this high in years, and that was in large part due to the lingering IARP ruling.
With the outstanding ruling by the IARP for five years, the Louisville basketball program was in a probationary period, meaning that the staff could not promise incoming transfers or prospects that Louisville would not receive a hefty penalty for the university’s scandal surrounding the Brian Bowen incident.
But now, Louisville is IARP-free and the future is exponentially brighter than it was just one week ago at this time. Specifically, in regards to the additions of the latest three recruits.
Trentyn Flowers in his last season with Combine Academy, the 6-foot-9 guard/forward combo averaged 16.0 points per game, 6.0 rebounds per game, and 1.2 assists per game. Louisville is getting a versatile player who can stretch the floor and help establish this once historic program back to elite prominence.