Louisville forward Quinn Slazinksi entered his name in the transfer portal last week because of the logjam he perceived at his position and an opportunity to carve out a bigger role in another basketball program.
His instincts were right. Slazinksi was valued for his team-first mentality and defensive communication but the Cardinals are not searching for a replacement four-man because, quite simply, they don’t need one.
Slazinski would have had to fight for scraps of playing time due to the roster’s shifting sands. To diagram that more fully, let’s start with the return of 6-foot-11 forward/center Malik Williams.
The fifth-year player is using his free year of eligibility to play one more Louisville season and is expected to be the defensive anchor and veteran frontcourt player the 2021-22 team needs. Gabe Wiznitzer and Roosevelt Wheeler will have chances to learn and grow under Williams as understudies at the five.