In his two most recent teleconferences Chris Mack made it quite clear that his staff intends to fill their last scholarship for the 2020-21 season with a front-court player.
“We have one scholarship to give and our intent is to try and bring in a guy that can help us in the frontcourt, particularly at the center position,” Mack said earlier this month.
The Louisville staff reached out to Purdue transfer Issac Haarms, but didn’t make the his initial list. He eventually picked BYU. Loyal Marymount big man Mattias Markusson entered the portal following the 2020 season and had Louisville in his final three before eventually deciding stay put at LMU.
The most recent name to surface on the Louisville staff’s radar is class of 2020 prospect Jaylon Gibson.
Gibson is a Wake Forest signee, but has asked to be released for his letter of intent after Danny Manning was fired over the weekend.
According to Jeff Borzello of ESPN, Louisville is one of the many schools that has reached out to Gibson. The interest level from Louisville at this point is unknown.
Gibson is a three-star prospect and is ranked as the 320th best prospect in the 2020 class by the 247Sports composite rankings.
Maryland, Iowa, South Florida, Houston, Syracuse, UNCW, Providence and Miami have also reached out in the past 48 hours.<