UofL Basketball Players Give Thoughts About Their Futures After NIT Loss


After UofL’s NIT loss, UofL players were asked by a host of reporters about their futures. Though none of them provided definitive answers about their futures, they did provide some clues.

Ray Spalding and Deng Adel were 2 players that provided some definitive answers. Both players advised they are going to test the NBA waters, but did not rule out returning to school afterwards.

It would be nice if both came back. Ray would be a Player of the Year candidate and if Deng plays more like he did his sophomore year he can be a very valuable player.

Dewayne Sutton, a Louisville native, seemed to confirm he will be back. This is very good news as Sutton is a very versatile player and, outside of Ray Spalding, the best rebounder on the team.

Of the freshmen on the team, Darius Perry advised he’s definitely coming back. He professed his love for UofL and called it “home.” This is great news because Perry is the best on ball defender on the team and has a chance to be the best player.

Of the other freshmen, only Malik Williams and Jordan Nwora gave some hints about their future. Both seem to be waiting to see who the coach will be. However, Nwora did add that he “loves it here” which seems to bode well.

Hopefully, UofL can keep both. Nwora has unbelievable potential as a shooter, slasher, and rebounder as a 6’8 wing. Williams is unique as a 6’10 big man with long range shooting capability. He can be a match up nightmare. He’s also shown from time to time the ability to be a very good defender.

Sophomore VJ King appears to be waiting like Nwora and Williams to see who the coach is before making a decision.

Keeping King is vital because of his athletic and scoring ability will definitely be needed especially if Adel chooses to leave. Also, you have to figure he will likely improve especially under a new, seasoned coach. That improvement could make him an All-American. He has that type of potential.

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