The first game between the two will be played in Louisville this December.
Former Louisville assistant Kevin Willard and his Seton Hall Pirates will visit the KFC Yum Center this December for the first game of a home-and-home deal agreed to by the two programs. U of L will visit the Prudential Center for the return game in 2018-19.
After missing the NCAA tournament for a decade, Seton Hall has now appeared in back-to-back Big Dances. The next step for the Pirates will be to win a game in the tournament for the first time since 2004.
That could easily happen next season, as Willard figures to field a team that could begin its campaign ranked in the preseason top 25. Much of that hinges on the status of big man Angel Delgado, who is currently debating a jump to the NBA. If Delgado does return for his senior season, then the Pirates will return the overwhelming majority of the production from a team that went 21-12 in 2016-17.
Louisville is 13-5 all-time against Seton Hall and has won five consecutive games in the series.
The forward will seek to begin his professional career.
This is going to sound really weird, but I swear on everything I had a dream last night that Kenny Klein tweeted out that Jaylen Johnson was not returning to Louisville.
Now there’s this release from U of L:
University of Louisville junior forward Jaylen Johnson will forego his final collegiate season, hire an agent and seek a career in professional basketball.
"After a lengthy conversation with Coach P I have decided to hire an agent and forego my senior year," said Johnson. "I will miss my teammates and coaches, but it is really important that I help out my mom and family. I'm going to work incredibly hard to give it my best shot. I'll be rooting for the Ville next year."
A 6-9 forward from Ypsilanti, Mich., Johnson started 26 games last season in helping UofL to a 25-9 record, a tie for second in the ACC and a No. 10 ranking in the final Associated Press poll. One of three Cardinals to play in all 34 games, he averaged 8.0 points and 5.8 rebounds, ranking 20th in the ACC in rebounding.
"Jaylen and I had a long conversation," said UofL Coach Rick Pitino. "He feels strongly about trying to make the league and help his family, as they have always been there for him. Jaylen has been a valuable asset to our program and has given me his heart and soul for the last three years. We wish him great success and we will be following his progress closely."
Johnson scored in double figures in 14 games as a junior and produced three double-doubles, including his last one with 12 points, 10 rebounds and two steals against Clemson. He blocked a career-high six shots against Southern Illinois, adding nine points and 10 rebounds.
Five thoughts here:
The Cards will have a new big man two seasons from now.
Connecticut transfer Steven Enoch will play the final two seasons of his college career at Louisville. The 6’11 big man will sit out the 2017-18 season per NCAA transfer rules before becoming eligible in 2018-19.
Enoch comes to Louisville after a pair of frustrating seasons at UConn. The former top 50 recruit averaged just 6.9 minutes per game as a freshman in 2015-16, and then produced only 3.4 points and 2.3 rebounds per game last season. He was also sidelined for four games because of a foot injury last year.
While Enoch’s potential was on full display during his high school career, there were few instances of that potential appearing to be realized during his time with the Huskies. His father says a large reason for that was Kevin Ollie’s system.
"He just didn't feel like he was being developed as we hoped,” Rick Enoch said last month. “At UConn, (coach Ollie) has a more guard-oriented system. Steven has some offensive tools. Even though he has other areas that he needs to work on and get better in as any young guy, he just didn't spend enough time on the floor to really develop, that's pretty much what it comes down to."
According to The Hartford Courant, Enoch actually wanted to leave Connecticut last November, but was convinced to stick out through the second semester of the school year. Even late last season when he was playing limited minutes, Ollie said that Enoch would be "one of the best offensive players, big men, who ever played here."
If such a realization of potential occurs for Enoch, it’ll occur at Louisville.
The biggest upside of the addition for U of L is that Enoch has a wide frame unlike every current Cardinal frontocurt player outside of Jaylen Johnson (who will be gone when Enoch becomes eligible). We saw this year how valuable a player like Kennedy Meeks was for North Carolina, and how badly teams that didn’t have their own big body forward or center struggled to keep him off the offensive glass.
Here’s hoping David Padgett can work his magic with Enoch over the course of the next 18 months or so.
The junior forward will play her last season of eligibility elsewhere.
A day after getting some good news on the recruiting trail, there comes a disheartening announcement that junior forward Mariya Moore will transfer from the program. Moore has decided to play somewhere closer to the West Coast, according to the Courier-Journal.
Moore, who is from Hercules, California, wanted to head back closer to her home so that her family would be able to watch her play during her final season of eligibility.
The school gave Moore her full release.
Moore will leave Louisville ranking in the top-10 in assists in program history. For her junior season, she averaged 12 points, 5.1 rebounds, and 4.9 assists per game. She did so while playing in 36 games and averaging 31.9 minutes per game.
Coach Jeff Walz had this to say about the news of Moore:
"I wish her well," Walz said. "We are excited about our returning players and will put all our efforts into them."
Best of luck to Moore wherever she decides to finish out her college career.
2017-04-21T23:27:03-04:00Jeff Walz lands another prized recruit. Jeff Walz and the Louisville women’s basketball team got some great news on the recruiting front Friday afternoon. 5-star PG Mykasa Robinson pulled the trigger and committed to play for the Cardinals. COMMITMENT UPDATE: 2018 Mykasa Robinson (Ashland Blazer) verbally commits to the University of Louisville. #KYPremier @mykasa_baller23 pic.twitter.com/QraBaEHdCh— Kentucky Premier (@KentuckyPremier) April 21, 2017 Louisville, Kentucky, via @EverythingKY pic.twitter.com/ys53cCPfkz — ScenesOfTheBluegrass (@BluegrassScenes) March 11, 2017 Dan Wetzel's piece on the final development in the story of Aaron Hernandez is the only one you need to read. Three out of the four national recruiting analysts over at Rivals predict that Romeo Langford will eventually pick Louisville. I hope they're right, but I certainly wouldn't put any significant amount of money on it. SI's Luke Winn hands out his offensive efficiency awards for the 2016-17 college hoops season. Louisville softball took down Western Kentucky, 1-0 Wednesday night. And finally, U of L swimming and diving led all ACC programs with 16 athletes on the league's All-Academic Team. [...]