Louisville adds USF transfer Kasean Pryor

Louisville adds USF transfer Kasean Pryor

Louisville’s new head coach Pat Kelsey had done solid work since taking over on March 28. On Tuesday, he secured his 10th commitment from out of the portal in former South Florida forward Kasean Pryor.

Pryor started his collegiate career at Boise St. in 2020-21, but he played only 13 games for Leon Rice in two seasons. The 6-foot-10 Pryor re-surfaced at South Florida this past year and enjoyed a breakout campaign, starting 21 times in 32 games for the Bulls, who won the AAC’s regular-season championship.

Pryor logged 26.3 minutes per game, averaging 13.0 points, 7.9 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 1.2 steals and 0.7 blocked shots per contest. He made 44.7 percent of his field-goal attempts, 35.2 percent of his 3-pointers and 81.5 percent of his free throws.

Pryor scored in double figures in 15 of USF’s last 18 games. He had a seven-game stretch in which he scored at least 20 points in five of those contests, including a career-high 29-point effort in an 81-73 home win over Rice.

Pryor matched that career-high when he scored 29 points in a 76-70 loss at Tulsa that snapped the Bulls’ 15-game winning streak in their regular-season finale. Pryor also had 11 rebounds against the Golden Hurricane, and he finished the year with three consecutive double-doubles.

In a 93-83 home loss to UAB in the second round of the NIT, Pryor produced 18 points, 15 rebounds, two steals, one blocked shot and five assists compared to zero turnovers.

Pryor is a three-star transfer, but Kelsey has signed six four-star transfers, including Terrence Edwards (James Madison), J’Vonne Hadley (Colorado), Aly Khalifa (BYU), Koren Johnson (Washington), Aboubacar Traore (Long Beach St.) and Chucky Hepburn (Wisconsin).

In addition to Pryor, Kelsey’s 10-man roster (so far) also consists of three transfers from College of Charleston, including Kobe Rodgers, Reyne Smith and James Scott. Pryor and Scott are both 6-foot-10, while the 6-foot-11 Khalifa started at center for BYU in its surprising debut in the Big 12 that resulted in a trip to the NCAA Tournament.

Edwards played for new Vanderbilt head coach Mark Byington at JMU for four seasons, leading the Dukes to the Round of 32 in the 2024 NCAA Tournament. He garnered Sun Belt Player of the Year honors this past season after averaging 17.2 points, 4.4 rebounds and 3.4 APG. Edwards was the Sun Belt’s Sixth Man of the Year and a second-team All-SBC selection in 2022-23.

Hepburn started all 103 games of his three-year career at Wisconsin. As a sophomore in 2022-23, he averaged 12.2 points, 2.8 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 1.5 SPG while shooting at a 40.5 percent clip from 3-point range. Hepburn averaged 9.2 points, 3.9 assists, 3.3 rebounds and 2.1 SPG this past year, earning Big Ten All-Defensive Team honors.

Smith won CAA Tournament MVP honors and was an All-CAA second-team choice when he led Charleston to the 2024 NCAA Tournament. He averaged 12.8 PPG and drained 39.4 percent of his treys for the season.

Khalifa started 26 of 29 games for BYU, averaging 5.7 points, 4.0 assists and 3.7 rebounds per game. He’s an elite passer for a big man who had a 115/32 assist-to-turnover ratio.

As a true sophomore at Washington this past year, Johnson averaged 11.1 points, 2.7 assists, 2.2 rebounds and 1.2 SPG.

Kelsey’s 2023-24 Charleston squad went 27-8 before losing to Alabama, an eventual Final Four team, in the first round out in Spokane, WA. Kelsey went 31-4 and took the Cougars to the 2023 NCAA Tournament in the second season of his tenure in Charleston.

Kelsey had a nine-year tenure at Winthrop before getting the gig at Charleston. He had five 20-win seasons with the Eagles, taking them to two NCAA Tournaments and qualifying for three (they had won the Big South Tournament before the pandemic cancelled the 2020 NCAA Tournament).

Although I’m of the belief that Kelsey’s roster construction has gone extremely well, Louisville’s 2024 recruiting class is ranked only 12th in the ACC and 56th nationally in the 247Sports Composite.

FanDuel has Louisville with 80/1 odds to win the 2025 NCAA Tournament.