Steven Enoch spent an offseason preparing for a strong senior year. The 6-foot-10 center averaged 9.4 points and 5.2 rebounds in 19.2 minutes per game, but used his offseason to focus heavily on conditioning to become a more consistent contributor.
There were times last season that he was too fatigued and too relax, Enoch said. He doesn’t want that to happen again.
“I want to provide the biggest inside presence we have for this team, that’s my main goal right now,” Enoch said. “I’m still working toward that, nothing is a finish product. I definitely feel like I have gotten better in that area.”
Enoch sat out of Louisville’s exhibition against Bellarmine Oct. 29 for precautionary reasons as he recovers from a thigh bruise, but he showed his improvement in the annual Red/White scrimmage two weeks ago. Enoch finished with 21 points and went 8 of 10 from the field, along with six rebounds and two assists.
Louisville men’s basketball head coach Chris Mack said Enoch has been self-motivated in preparing for his senior year. Enoch is in better shape and used some offseason experiences to add to his game.
“Steve saw a lot this summer whether it was the NBA workouts, whether it was getting invited to Nike Skills Academy for the better college players, whether it was going to the NCAA headquarters for a leadership convention for the better players around the country,” Mack said. “Those type of experiences have really motivated Steve and have allowed him to see the light at the end of the tunnel.”
Enoch’s career started at UConn, where he played two seasons before transferring to Louisville. After sitting out 2017-18 season, Enoch contributed to the Cardinals’ front court last season.
He averaged 10.0 points and 5.6 rebounds while shooting 52 percent in his last 20 games a year ago. Enoch shot 81.8 percent from the free-throw line in Mack’s first year at Louisville.
Enoch will have a larger role for Louisville thanks to a dedicated offseason and experience with Mack’s system.
“I definitely feel more confident and comfortable as well because having a year under my belt with Coach Mack is beneficial,” Enoch said. “Coming into this year, I want to take more advantage of opportunities and put this past offseason on display.”