Each year more and more college basketball players decide to utilize the graduate transfer rule. Most players decide to leave a smaller program in hopes of jumping up and playing at a higher level while others decided to step down a notch in hopes of a bigger role.
The Louisville basketball program has had a total of six graduate transfers over the past five seasons that played at least ten minutes per game in their one season with the Cards. Of those six, some were able to carry over quite a bit of their production from the lower level, but others weren’t.
Below you’ll see how productive each player was in their final season at their previous school compared to how productive they were at Louisville.
As you can see, guys like Damion Lee, Trey Lewis and Christen Cunningham had an easier time adjusting at Louisville than Tony Hicks, Khwon Fore and Fresh Kimble.
Here are the numbers after combining the average for each of the six grad transfers at their previous school compared to what they did in their one season at Louisville.
Louisville’s most recent grad-transfers, Carlik Jones (Radford) and Charles Minlend Jr. (San Francisco), will be expected to have large roles for the Cards in 2020-21, given how much Chris Mack lost at the guard position.
There’s a lot to like about Jones and Minlend Jr., but the averages tell us it’s a wait and see situation.
For what it’s worth, if both players production in 2020-21 dips by the average amount, that won’t necessarily be a bad thing for the Cards. As mentioned before, the biggest factor for Louisville’s success next season will be how big of a jump the sophomore class can make.<