There was much hope around the Louisville program when they hired Payne, a member of the school’s 1986 NCAA championship team and a former assistant with the Knicks and under John Calipari at Kentucky, especially after Payne named his former teammate Milt Wagner as Director of Player Development and Alumni Relations. That inspired hope that DJ Wagner, Milt’s grandson and the Camden (NJ) guard ranked No. 1 in the Class of 2023, would lead a star-studded recruiting group to Louisville. But Wagner committed to Kentucky in November — along with 7-foot2 teammate Aaron Bradshaw, both of whom are top NBA prospects — and Louisville is now having a historically poor season in Payne’s first year. The Cardinals and Patrick Ewing’s Georgetown Hoyas — who haven’t won a Big East regular-season game in nearly two years — are two of the most disastrous teams of this season. Nick Coffey of the Coffey & Company radio show in Louisville, says it’s unlikely the school will part ways with Payne and the best way to turn things around is through the Transfer Portal. He pointed out that teams like Kansas State, which upset No. 2 Kansas on Tuesday night, Pittsburgh, Georgia and others have completely flipped their teams’ fates through the Portal.
Kenny Payne would like his players to talk a little trash in games…. but there's only so much El Ellis is willing to do…. love the honesty from the Cards guard here. @WHAS11 pic.twitter.com/tlqne7B2BJ— Kent Spencer (@WHAS11Kent) January 17, 2023
The question of course is: which players will want to come join a team that might go winless through the ACC regular-season? Follow Adam Zagoria on Twitter Follow ZAGSBLOGHoops on Instagram And Like ZAGS on Facebook
Really bad teams have have loaded up in the portal during the off-season. Kenny Payne must have a way to do exactly that. pic.twitter.com/EedZGjQKjV— Nick Coffey (@TheCardConnect) January 19, 2023