Preseason accolades continue to roll in for Louisville junior F Jordan Nwora. First, he was named First Team All-ACC and ACC Preseason Player of the Year by media at ACC Operation Basketball. Then his name was put on the watch list for the Julius Erving Award for college basketball’s best SF. Now he has been named a First Team All-American by the AP.
The AP preseason All-America first-team has been announced:
◇ Cassius Winston (Consensus)
◇ Markus Howard
◇ Myles Powell
◇ Jordan Nwora
◇ James Wiseman pic.twitter.com/cV0RlZ7rCZ
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) October 22, 2019
Joining Nwora on the first team are Cassius Winston of Michigan State, Markus Howard of Marquette, Myles Powell of Seton Hall, and James Wiseman of Memphis.
After testing the NBA Draft waters, Nwora chose to return to Louisville for his junior season. With his return, expectations for both Nwora and the team are very high. He averaged 17 points, 7.6 rebounds, and 1.3 assists per game last year for the Cards per sports-reference.com.
Read UofL’s press release below for more information about Jordan Nwora’s latest preseason accolade.
PRESS RELEASE FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF LOUISVILLE ATHLETIC DEPARTMENT:
Louisville’s Nwora Honored as AP Preseason All-American
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — University of Louisville forward Jordan Nwora has been selected to the five-person preseason Associated Press All-America team. He is the first Louisville player to receive a similar honor since Montrezl Harrell was named to the preseason AP team prior to the 2014-15 season.
Nwora is joined on the list by Marquette’s Markus Howard, Steton Hall’s Myles Powell, Michigan State’s Cassius Winston and Memphis’ James Wiseman. The Cardinals faced all by Wiseman last season.
The 2019 Preseason ACC Player of the Year, Nwora has received considerable acclaim as the season approaches. He has been named a first-team preseason All-American by CBS Sports, NBC Sports, Athlons, the Blue Ribbon Basketball Yearbook and was a second-team selection by Street & Smith’s Basketball Yearbook. He was noted as the top small forward in the nation by NCAA.com’s Andy Katz and is among 20 watch list members for the 2020 Julius Erving Award, presented annually to the nation’s top small forward.
Honored as the 2019 ACC Most Improved Player, Nwora was the third-most improved scorer in the nation last season with his 17.0 scoring average (sixth in the ACC), up 11.3 points per game from his 5.7 average as a freshman. The All-ACC third team selection is one of five players in the ACC who scored 20 or more points on at least 13 occasions last season. Nwora scored in double figures in 31 of 34 games and produced nine double-doubles last season.
A 6-8 junior from Buffalo, N.Y., Nwora was UofL’s leader in scoring and rebounding (7.7 rpg, ninth in the ACC). He was also among the ACC leaders in field goal percentage (.446, 12th), three-point field goal percentage (.374, ninth), three-pointers made per game (2.3, 11th), defensive rebounds (6.44 per game, fourth) and minutes played (31.9 per game, 21st).
Nwora and the Cardinals will be in action against Bellarmine in an exhibition game on Oct. 29 at 7 p.m. in the KFC Yum! Center. Louisville opens its season on Nov. 5 at ACC foe Miami, the earliest opening game ever for the Cardinals and the first time since 1981 they have played a conference opponent to open the season.