Louisville basketball: 2 players primed to level up in conference play

The Louisville Cardinals had a poor showing in their ACC opener against Virginia, but with conference play picking up against Pitt on Saturday, keep an eye on these two players who may just save the season with a breakout in ACC play.
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player. Junior. Brandon Huntley-Hatfield. 849. . 6'10" 240 lbs. Brandon Huntley-Hatfield. F. Brandon Huntley-Hatfield.

The other obvious solution to Evans being ruled out is more opportunity for Huntley-Hatfield. The junior was already a mainstay in the starting lineup, but lately, his role in the offense has increased dramatically. He's a bit undersized to play center, but he'll be forced into that role with this depleted roster.

Huntley-Hatifled came to Louisville last season and only averaged 6.7 points in 25.6 minutes while shooting 47.2%. He was an unrefined offensive player who relied heavily on his physicality and athleticism, but now he’s showcasing some skill. 

In 29.0 minutes per game this year, he’s scoring 9.7 points on 54.4% shooting with two additional free throw attempts a game. He was held in check by UVA, but over Louisville’s last four games, he’s averaging 16.2 points, on 66% shooting with 9.8 rebounds, and 1.3 blocks.

Skyy Clark officially has a running-mate on the offensive end and the two transfers might just save Louisville’s season and Kenny Payne’s job. Though I’m not so sure that’s a good thing.

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