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Louisville In The Mix For 7-foot-3 Grad-Transfer Mattias Markusson

Matthew Lerman - LMU Athletics

Earlier this week Louisville landed a commitment from grad-transfer, Carlik Jones, a 6-foot-1, combo guard, who was named Big South Player of the Year this past season.

The addition of Jones was huge, considering how much Louisville lost at the guard position.

Chris Mack met with the media on Tuesday to discuss a variety of things, including how the staff intends to use the one available scholarship they have for the 2020-21 season.

“Well we have one scholarship currently. We can’t have more than 12 scholarships this upcoming year, based on all the scholarships the program had to give up before our staff got here. So we’re sitting right now, as I count them at 11. 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.”

I’m sure the staff has more than just one target in mind, but Louisville is reportedly in good shape with one of the bigger graduate transfers in former Loyola Marymount center Mattias Markusson.

In an interview with Evan Daniels of 247Sports, the 7-foot-3, 261-pound, big man says he’s trimmed his options to Louisville, Minnesota, San Diego State and a potential return to LMU.

Markusson redshirted in 2019-20, but was very productive in the two seasons prior, averaging 8.6 points and 6.3 rebounds per game as a sophomore and 10.2 points and 6.3 rebounds as a junior. The big fella was very efficient in 2018-19 shooting 58.6% from the floor and 76% from the free throw line.

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