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Jordan Nwora returning to Louisville

Pittsburgh Louisville Basketball

Louisville forward Jordan Nwora (33) motions to the crowd following a basket during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Pittsburgh in Louisville, Ky., Saturday, Jan. 26, 2019. Louisville won 66-51. AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)


Count Louisville as one of the winners of early-entry decisions.

Forward Jordan Nwora will withdraw from the NBA draft and return to the Cardinals for his junior season, he announced Wednesday just hours ahead of the deadline.

Nwora had a breakout sophomore season for Chris Mack and the Cardinals, averaging 17 points, 7.6 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game. He shot 44.6 percent from the field and 37.4 percent from 3-point range.

His decision to return to Louisville is one of the most impactful ones in the country with the bulk of last year’s 20-14 team returning for Mack, who will now have a borderline top-10 team entering the season.