Three days after his official visit to Louisville, Jordan Nwora announced his plans to join the Cards in the 2017 class.
The four-star forward from New York pledged to coach Rick Pitino and U of L via Twitter, making him the third commitment the Cards have nabbed this cycle and joining point guard Darius Perry and big man Malik Williams in the class.
“Coaches Pitino and (assistant Kenny Johnson) visited several times and discussed their plans for me looking into the future. After visiting Louisville, I was overwhelmed with support from coaches, players, fans and the community. As a result of the combination of this support, the strength of the Louisville basketball program and academics, I have decided to commit to the University of Louisville.”
Nwora, a 6-foot-8 forward, is best known in recruiting circles for his sharpshooting. He averaged 14.6 points a game on the competitive Nike AAU circuit, playing alongside blue-chip guard Hamidou Diallo and making 39.4 percent of his 3-point attempts.
The Vermont Academy star is considered a four-star prospect by 247Sports, ESPN, Rivals and Scout recruiting analysts, ranking as high as 45th in the nation on 247Sports. His recruiting picked up quite a bit after the summer, with Louisville among several schools that visited him multiple times in Vermont.
Nwora picked Louisville over Georgia Tech, where he visited last weekend. He had also listed California, Long Beach State, Marquette, NC State, Northwestern, Oklahoma State, USC, USF, Texas Tech and Utah when he released his final 12 school choices two weeks ago.
“He wants to go somewhere he can be coached the right way and he saw that in Coach Pitino and his attention to detail,” said Alex Nwora, Jordan’s father. “For the head coach to have that passion, Jordan decided that’s where he wanted to go.
“It was hectic all the way until this decision, the moment before he announced it. There’s no sense in stringing everybody along if he finds something he likes.”
Alex Nwora said their plans to wait until the spring to make a decision went out the window after their visit to U of L this past weekend. Nwora saw Louisville football beat Duke on Friday night and watched the U of L hoops team go through individual workouts and a practice.
“He felt at home right away,” Alex Nwora said. “When a kid says that, all you can do is encourage him.”