Louisville men’s basketball officially signs Center Frank Anselem-Ibe

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The Louisville men’s basketball program has officially signed former Georgia center Frank Anselem-Ibe, the program announced Wednesday.

Anselem-Ibe is now the 10th of 13 newcomers for the 2024-2025 season to be officially announced by the Cardinals. He is sixth today, after Aly Khalifa, Koren Johnson, Aboubacar Traore, Chucky Hepburn and Kobe Rodgers. Reyne Smith, James Scott, Terrence Edwards Jr. and J’Vonne Hadley were all officially signed on Tuesday.

“Frank has been efficient at the highest level over the past four years,” head coach Pat Kelsey said in a statement. “He is a tough, athletic center who will be a producer on the field and a leader off it. Frank brings a veteran presence with a maturity that others will be able to lean on throughout the season. Not only is he an established rim protector, but he is also an exceptional student, leader and person.”

The 6-foot-4, 215-pound center played in 29 of Georgia’s 37 games last season while also making three starts. In that time, he averaged 2.6 points, 2.1 rebounds and 0.7 blocks per game while shooting 62.8 percent from the field.

Anselem-Ibe’s play increased during Georgia’s NIT run. He averaged 5.5 points and 6.3 rebounds on 62.5 percent shooting in four games, including a double-double of 10 points and 10 rebounds against Ohio State. The Bulldogs fell to eventual NIT champion Seton Hall in the semifinals.

The native of Lagos, Nigeria, started his career at Syracuse and spent two seasons there before playing the next two seasons at Georgia. In 96 appearances and 15 starts between his time with the Orange and Bulldogs, Anselem-Ibe has totaled 254 points, 290 rebounds, 59 blocks and 30 assists.

Not long after the end of Louisville’s disastrous 2023-24 season, which resulted in the firing of second-year head coach Kenny Payne, the Cardinals’ roster began to change. All 12 of Louisville’s scholarship players entered the portal, with only rising guard Aidan McCool in line to return.

Fortunately, Kelsey has done a fantastic job of roster building since his hiring on March 28, with 12 Division I transfers and one high school prospect. Their transfer portal class is ranked #1 in the country To3.

(Photo by Frank Anselem-Ibe: Dale Zanine – USA TODAY Sports)

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