Lloyd said Jones is "absolutely a candidate to be drafted in July" based on preliminary NBA feedback. "NBA teams have said that they're very interested in bringing him in and seeing what he can do in a closed space, a closed workout, and evaluating him closely because of the really effective jump he made from the Big South to the ACC," Lloyd said.
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. Williams' return means Jae'lyn Withers can play more of the four, where he fits most naturally, instead of the five, where he played out of necessity.
The turnover with Louisville’s roster continues. Sophomore hybrid forward Quinn Slazinski has now entered the transfer portal. Slazinski is the third Louisville player to leave the program this offseason via the portal, all from the same 2019 class: center Aigan Igiehon and guard Josh Nickelberry.