Men’s Basketball Preview: Steven Enoch

Steven Enoch came to Louisville as a transfer who did not reach his full potential at his previous school. With more opportunity last season, he made a jump and showed glimpses of why he could be a sneaky pro prospect in the future.

With all of his improvements, there was still plenty of areas where he has room to grow in his final college season. We’ve spoken about the depth of this Louisville roster. The roster is indeed deep. The team won’t be a couple fouls away from desperation mode like it was sometimes last season. Louisville can withstand more foul trouble and injuries than it would have been able to last year. With Enoch, though, he’s a guy that the Cards will want to have on the floor as much as possible in order to be at their best.

Enoch

Player Profile

Position:  Center

Class: Redshirt Senior

Height: 6-10

Weight: 255

Hometown: Norwalk, CT / St. Thomas More

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Steven Enoch was a consensus top 100 recruit out of high school and committed to the University of Connecticut in the class of 2015. Enoch played two frustrating seasons for the Huskies. He was hardly used and only averaged 3.4 points and 2.3 rebounds as a sophomore. He transferred after his second year and joined Louisville will a lot to prove after sitting out one season.

In his first season as a Card, Enoch averaged 9.4 points and 5.2 rebounds in 19.1 minutes per game. Much like the team as a whole, it was a relatively up and down season for Enoch. He was a consistent rotation player who had plenty of big scoring games, but he had a few games where he got into foul trouble early and was a non factor.

Enoch improved statistically with more opportunity at Louisville. The most noticeable improvement came as a shooter. After shooting only one three pointer in his two years at UCONN, Enoch made 14 threes on 39 attempts (35.9%) last season. He was Louisville’s most efficient scorer around the rim, making 56.2 percent of his 192 two point attempts. He shot 81.8 percent from the free throw line, up from 68.2 percent as a sophomore. Her started only 14 games, but played well enough to set himself up from more time in the lineup as a senior.

2019-2020

Steven Enoch was one of the better players on the team last season, but there is still plenty of room for improvement. He flirted with idea of turning pro, but decided to come back to school and work on his game for another year.

While being one of the most efficient interior scorers in the entire ACC, Enoch struggled to get to the line. He only shot 77 free throw attempts, which is about on par with the rate he got there in his final season at UCONN. He shot some threes but was not someone who hung out on the perimeter too much. His upside was evident last year. He had a good season, but looked like someone who could be even more than what we saw.

On the defensive end, Enoch was routinely in foul trouble. He was not a huge liability defensively, but was often caught out of position and just could not play consistently without fouling. Teams started to attack Enoch knowing full well that he struggled to stay on the court because of fouls.

We will see how many minutes he ends up playing as a senior. He is the only true center on scholarship. If healthy he will likely be a consistent starter. Malik Williams could potentially play alongside him as a 4 with Aidan Igiehon rotating between the 4 and the 5 off the bench. Enoch played 19.1 minutes a night last year. That seems a little low; he could increase that number by a few minutes this season.

There are not many question marks when you talk about this Louisville roster for 2019-2020. On another team, the lack of certainty in the backcourt may be a bigger concern. With a stacked frontcourt that includes Enoch, the Cards have a chance to put together one of the nation’s best offenses in 2020.  There are others who can fill in, but with Steven Enoch at his best, Louisville is that more dangerous as a whole.

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