Jordan Nwora improved every single season at Louisville. Now, he’ll take that improvement to the NBA later this year when the league holds their now-delayed draft.
Since the coronavirus pandemic wiped out the remainder of the NCAA basketball season and put the NBA season on hold until it’s resumption next month, Nwora took everything into his own hands to get ready. The Louisville star felt his three seasons prepared him to make the early jump, despite having one year of eligibility remaining.
He spoke about the NBA draft process, the program at Louisville and the cancelation of the tournament on the ACC Network on Sirius XM with Mark Packer and Wes Durham.
“The process has been extremely weird,” Nwora said. “A lot of zoom calls, a lot of virtual stuff. Things have slowed down since they found out the draft is going to be in October. I’ve gotten into a gym, I’ve been able to work out. But it’s slowed down.
“I just feel it was my time. I feel like I got a lot accomplished in my time at Louisville. I feel like it was best for me to make that step. Obviously I had another year but the coaching staff prepared me to make the jump now and it’s time to move forward.”
In 2019-20, Nwora finished the season with 18 points per game, 7.7 rebounds per game and 1.3 assists per game.
Nwora may be finished with his Louisville career, but unfortunately for the NBA prospect, he and his teammates did not get to finish out the season due to the NCAA Tournament and remaining conference tournaments being canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic.
“It was really heartbreaking to say the least,” he said. “Obviously we were getting ready to play Syracuse that night. It was heartbreaking to see it all come to an end so suddenly. Once the NBA season was canceled, we had a bad gut feeling. It hurts having a team we did with a chance to do something special. There’s teams that already had their tickets punched too. It sucks for everybody but all we can do is move forward.”
Despite leaving the school, Nwora was a big fan of playing for head coach Chris Mack during his time with the Cardinals.
“Playing for him has meant a lot,” Nwora said. “He’s somebody who’s put a lot of trust in me and I put a lot of trust in him. I wouldn’t be the player I am today without him. It meant a lot. A great guy to play for. He does that for everyone on the team. I wouldn’t want to play for anyone else.”
Heading to the NBA, Nwora has a solid offensive game but realizes there are things he needs to work on to become a solid professional player.
“The biggest thing is, not a lot of teams are worried about my offense,” Nwora said. “Just improve on the defensive end and my ball handling. That’s what they’ve been talking to me about. I’ve gotten better every year, expanding my game but there’s still room for growth.
“Whatever team wants me and wants me to play, I’ll be happy for the opportunity. Not necessarily one team more than others, they’re talking to my agent. Right now it’s kind of slow. That’s as much as I know right now.”