Jordan Nwora and Steven Enoch’s decision to bypass the professional path and return to school has resulted in very high expectations in year two of the Chris Mack era. The Cards will return three of their top four leading scorers for the first time in over a decade.
The return of Nwora is certainly significant given that he’s been tabbed ACC Preseason Player of the Year, but Enoch’s return could be more important than most realize.
Talent has never been an issue for the fifth year senior, but in his first season playing major minutes in college basketball he struggled with consistency and wasn’t in great shape.
We’ll have to wait and see if Enoch can bring it consistently, but the big fella was the best player on the floor in Louisville’s Red-White scrimmage on Saturday and it wasn’t close.
“I think Steven Enoch was mighty impressive,” Chris Mack said following the scrimmage. “Obviously he’s going against a freshman, but Steven’s gotten a whole lot better. He’s worked really hard in the off-season. His conditioning is way beyond what it was a year ago. He’s worked hard at that. I think he’s gained the confidence. He knows he can face the basket and he can play with his back to the basket. I’ve wanted him to play with a high motor since I got here, but the trick of it is can he be that guy consistently throughout.”
Because we didn’t see it throughout the entire season, I’ll admit I forgot just how good Enoch was at times last year when he was active and engaged. This highlight mix was a nice refresher.<