Being one of the top defensive guards in the nation along with his strong basketball IQ, Jarrod West’s ability to affect the game in numerous different aspects made him a high target for Coach Mack and the Cards for the upcoming 2021-22 season.
Coming as a grad transfer from Marshall, West started 124 out of 126 games where he averaged 2 steals a game and finished his career 10 steals shy of the C-USA record 264. He is also coming off a career high 2.5 steals per game which ranked 11th best in the country.
Along with his tough defensive prowess, the 5’11 181 lbs guard brings the ability to score both on and off ball. West is coming to the Ville averaging 9.6 points, 3.1 rebounds, and 3.4 assists for his career, shooting 40.9% from the field and 37.9% from three. The Clarksburg, West Virginia native is coming off a senior year that was his best offensive season. He shot 45.8% from the field and 40.8% from three, averaging 12.5 points per game. He also averaged 3.5 rebounds, and a conference leading 6 assists per game. For what he lacks in size, he makes up for with his incredible basketball IQ and “bulldog” mentality. This past season he led the entire conference with an impressive 2.86 Assist/Turnover Ratio and was rewarded for his efforts with C-USA Second Team honors, along with the C-USA All- Defensive Team honors.
In his junior season, West would start in all 32 games and found his groove where he really elevated his play, averaging 14.2 points, 4 rebounds, 4.1 assists, and a conference leading 2 steals per game. At the end of the 2019-20 season, he would be named to the All-Conference USA Third Team and C-USA All-Defensive Team. Not only has Jarrod West had a tremendous amount of success on the floor, but he has made it a priority to be a scholar as well, being named twice to the All-Conference USA All-Academic team and honored with the 2020 C-USA Winter Sports Spirit of Service Award for Marshall University, which is presented to C-USA athletes that epitomize excellence within their sport, classroom, and community.
West chose the Cardinals over other schools including Pittsburgh and Ohio State. His game is filled with the tough, together, unbreakable mindset that Chris Mack loves. His three goals as a Cardinal… “Win the regular season ACC title, win the ACC Championship, win the national championship.” To learn more about Louisville’s newest addition, listen to the interview below with our guy Zach Schumaker where West talks to him about his career at Marshall and what led him to the University of Louisville.