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Sport Louisville basketball lands grad transfer point guard in Radford's Carlik Jones

05:26  06 april  2020
05:26  06 april  2020 Source:   courier-journal.com

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Louisville’s 2020-21 backcourt just got a big boost.

a basketball player jumping up in the air: Redford Carlik Jones (1) drives to basket between Gardner Webb defenders Jose Perez (5) and Brandon Miller (14) during the first half of the Big South conference NCAA basketball championship game in Radford, Va., Sunday, March 10, 2019. © Lee Luther Jr., AP Redford Carlik Jones (1) drives to basket between Gardner Webb defenders Jose Perez (5) and Brandon Miller (14) during the first half of the Big South conference NCAA basketball championship game in Radford, Va., Sunday, March 10, 2019.

Carlik Jones, a point guard from Radford considered to be among the best grad transfers available, announced Sunday that he plans to join the Cardinals. He will have one season of eligibility and can play immediately.

Jones' commitment was first reported by 247sports.com. He made the announcement himself minutes later in a post on his Instagram page.

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Jones checks a lot of boxes for the Cardinals — they needed a guard in a big way. David Johnson and Josh Nickelberry are the only two backcourt players on the roster in 2019-20 who are set to return next season, as Darius Perry entered the transfer portal last month after spending three seasons in Louisville.

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Jones can play, too. He averaged 20.0 points, 5.1 rebounds and 5.5 assists per game last season for Radford and showed the ability to get to the rim as well as shoot from beyond the arc.

Louisville now has four scholarship players expected to join the roster next season in Jones, rising freshman wing D'Andre Davis, rising freshman forward JJ Traynor and JUCO standout wing Jay Scrubb, a volume scorer who could jump straight to the NBA.

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Those four will join a roster built around senior center Malik Williams and the six underclassmen who made up Louisville's high-rated 2019 class — Johnson and Nickelberry, two sophomore guards, along with sophomore forwards Samuell Williamson and Quinn Slazinski, sophomore center Aidan Igiehon and redshirt freshman forward Jae'Lyn Withers.

Lucas Aulbach can be reached at laulbach@courier-journal.com, 502-582-4649 or on Twitter @LucasAulbach. Support strong local journalism and subscribe: courier-journal.com/lucasa.

This article originally appeared on Louisville Courier Journal: Louisville basketball lands grad transfer point guard in Radford's Carlik Jones

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