May 27, 2024

Kentucky is no longer in contention for Great Osobor, a highly sought-after transfer target for the Louisville men’s basketball program. Osobor, a former forward/center for Utah State, was recently considered by Kentucky but has now shifted focus. His agent informed Forbes Sports’ Adam Zagoria of this development.

Osobor’s visit to Kentucky had sparked considerable interest, but the Wildcats’ recent acquisitions of transfer big men Andrew Carr and Brandon Garrison, alongside Amari Williams, have raised concerns about potential playing time for Osobor in their frontcourt rotation.

In contrast, Louisville presents a more promising opportunity, with ample playing time available in the frontcourt for the upcoming season. New Cardinals head coach Pat Kelsey has secured commitments from transfer big men James Scott and Aly Khalifa, with Khalifa slated to redshirt the 2024-25 season.

Following his visit to Kentucky, Osobor is scheduled to visit Louisville from today until Friday. While visits to Texas Tech and Washington are also on the horizon, Louisville now appears to be in a favorable position to make a strong impression on Osobor.

 

Standing at 6 feet 8 inches tall and weighing 250 pounds, Osobor would be a significant addition to Louisville’s roster. His standout performance during the 2023-24 season earned him recognition as the Mountain West Player of the Year and an AP All-American honorable mention. In 35 games for Utah State, he averaged impressive stats including 17.7 points, 9.0 rebounds, 2.8 assists, 1.4 blocks, and 1.3 steals per game, with a field goal percentage of 57.7%.

Osobor played a pivotal role in Utah State’s success during the past season, contributing to the team’s achievements such as a 28-7 record, their highest final AP Poll ranking since 2011, and their first trip to the NCAA Tournament’s second round since 2001.

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Hailing from Bradford, England, Osobor spent his first two college years at Montana State before joining Utah State. He earned Big Sky Sixth Man of the Year honors during his sophomore season and showcased consistent performance throughout his college career.

Amidst Louisville’s rebuilding efforts following a challenging 2023-24 campaign that led to the dismissal of former head coach Kenny Payne, new head coach Pat Kelsey is actively reshaping the roster. Kelsey has already secured commitments from eight transfers since his appointment, indicating a proactive approach to strengthening the team.

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