Kenny Payne & Co. has now capped off the biggest recruiting week in the program’s history after securing his third commitment of the week in 5 star Guard/Forward, Trentyn Flowers. The North Carolina native ranks 21st in the class of 2024 but announced he will reclassify into 2023. Flowers committed to Louisville over UNC, Creighton, Kansas, Alabama, and Arkansas. Kenny Payne and his staff has landed the 2nd (Evans) and 4th (Flowers) highest ranked recruits in UofL history in less than a year since his announcement as head coach of the Cardinals (Not counting those that were ranked higher but never played a game for the program).
LIVE: 5-star SF Trentyn Flowers announces college commitment
Flowers averaged 16 points, 6.4 rebounds, and shot 44% from the floor in his junior season at Combine Academy. He brings a skillset to the Cardinals that very few in the country have, being listed between 6’8-6’9 and having tremendous handles. It allows him to facilitate the offense when needed, where he welcomes the opportunity to take his defender one-on-one. He’s got a sweet shooting stroke along with an array of offensive moves that are tough to contain, making him an absolute matchup nightmare. Slashing to the basket and scoring off-ball is another key part to his offensive production. A learning curve usually accompanies reclassifying players in their Freshman year but Flowers has the opportunity and skills to make an immediate impact for the Cards.
As versatile as Flowers is on the offensive side of the floor, he brings extreme versatility to the defensive side as well. With his length and athleticism, he has the ability to defend both guards and wings effectively. He crashes the boards on both ends and likes to get out and run in transition, where he can get an easy bucket or set someone else up for an opportunity. As his body matures and he gains muscle, Trentyn could be a tremendous defender for the Cardinals in the years to come.
Combine HS: TRENTYN FLOWERS-6’8-F-2024 Mid Season Highlights
When discussing the positives of hiring Kenny Payne last March, one of the biggest was his ability to create relationships when recruiting. 365 days into his tenure, we’re watching those relationships build and Louisville be a prominent name in numerous high level prospects across the nation in both the transfer portal and recruiting. Flowers joins UofL’s already 8th ranked Recruiting Class in the 2023 season that includes, Dennis Evans (#18 in 247sports), Kaleb Glenn (#71 in 247sports), Curtis Williams (#104 in 247sports), and JUCO guard Koron Davis. The “Snowball Effect” of talent was started by Evans on March 12th and it has only continued to grow larger. The roster shakeup of the 2023-24 team has started off in the best way possible for Coach Payne and the program’s momentum has exploded since the conclusion of the season.