Louisville Men’s Basketball has utilized grad transfers to great effect in recent years. Last year, it was Carlik Jones that came from Radford and was arguably the Cards best player. They have once again hit the grad transfer market for a guard, as they picked up grad transfer Jarrod West.
West is a grad transfer from Marshall. The 5’11 181 lbs guard chose Louisville over reported suitors Ohio State and Pittsburgh. In the 2019-2020 season, West was named to the All-Conference USA All-Defensive Team and All-Conference USA Third-Team. During that campaign, West averaged 14.2 points, 4 rebounds, 4.1 assists, and 2 steals per game. This past season, West averaged 12.5 points, 3.5 rebounds, 6 assists, and 2.5 steals per game.
West is a tough, crafty guard much like Carlik Jones. One thing he will definitely bring to the team is much-needed shooting. West has a 40.9-percent career field goal percentage and shot 37.9-percent from the arc for his career. Last season, he had his best season, shooting 45.8-percent from the field and 40.8-percent from the arc. While not the quickest guard, West has a great awareness and understanding of the game. It serves him well on defense where he amassed 254 career steals. While Mack’s defenses aren’t known for turning teams over, having a guard with a penchant for getting steals may help that and help Louisville get into transition more.
Jarrod West in both his personality and playing style fits what Coach Mack looks for in a player. He’s smart, he’s tough, and he brings everything he has to the floor every night. It remains to be seen if West will be asked to start or will be a contributor off the bench. Regardless, Jarrod West brings significant experience, shooting, defense, and toughness to the Louisville program.