CardinalSportsZone Podcast 4/17/15: Spring Game, Basketball Recruiting Update

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If you didn’t or couldn’t listen to the CardinalSportsZone podcast live today, it’s available here! Who will be the 10 players to watch tonight? We give our thoughts! More Basketball recruiting updates also. Where is everyone watching the game tonight from? We all tell you where we are or are not watching it at. We have a podcast tab where all episodes will be kept. You can also favorite CardinalSportsZone.com/podcast in your browser. The CardinalSportsZone podcast is available on iTunes! Click on the badge below to subscribe today! Call in to the show on Monday’s and Friday’s at our regular time of noon at (914) 338-0180.

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http://www.blogtalkradio.com/csz/2015/04/17/cardinalsportszone-podcast-41715

 

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Louisville Football Spring Hype Video

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Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

Well, this is awesome.

Ryan McMahon Officially Signs With Louisville

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Photo: Youtube.com

The University of Louisville has announced that guard Ryan McMahon has officially signed and will be a member of the basketball team for the 2014-15 season. McMahon joins Donovan Mitchell, Deng Adel, Raymond Spalding, and Trey Lewis as new members of the team. Lewis is a graduate transfer that will have one year of eligibility remaining.

Rick Pitino released a statement about McMahon, saying that he will likely redshirt.

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Traffic Information for Friday’s Spring Football Game

Photo: AP/Garry Jones

Photo: AP/Garry Jones

Official press release from UofL regarding traffic on Friday evening.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – With road construction on Floyd Street near the University of Louisville campus, some traffic patterns will be adjusted into parking areas surrounding Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium for Friday’s 7 p.m. Red-White football spring game.

Fans should consider the following travel tips to avoid construction and travel delays, avoiding Floyd Street north of the stadium.

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Louisville Offers 2016 4-star Shooting Guard

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Photo: sportingnews.com

Markelle Fultz is a 6’4 shooting guard in the class of 2016 from Hyattsville, Maryland and now has an offer from the Louisville Cardinals. Fultz is rated as a 4-star player on all four major recruiting sites: Rivals, Scout, 247, and ESPN.

Rivals has him as the 25th best player in the class. Scout has him as the 35th best in the class and the 6th best shooting guard. 247 has him as the 35th best player and the 5th best combo guard. ESPN has him as the 55th best player and the 12th best shooting guard. Those rankings will always be a little different on each site, but it is pretty clear that Fultz is a great player in the 2016 class.

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2015 Spring Game – 5 Defensive Players to Watch

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Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

Earlier this week, I posted about five players to watch on offense at this Friday’s spring football game. Now it is time for the five players to watch on defense. Once again, these won’t be the obvious guys that you already know about like Sheldon Rankins or James Burgess. Rather, this will be a list of guys that you may or may not have heard of, but that we expect to make an impact in the 2015 season for the Cards.

Once again, just for reference, I will tell you the five guys we highlighted going into last year’s spring game, just to show we may have an idea of what we are talking about. And if this is completely wrong this year, my fault. Last year’s five to watch on defense:

1) Keith Kelsey – Had to fill the void left by Preston Brown last season. I would say he did that.

2) Sheldon Rankins – Like I said, not even listing him this year because he is obvious. Was not obvious at this point last year.

3 & 4) Richard Benjamin & Chucky Williams – Had these guys on here because of the loss of Hakeem Smith and Calvin Pryor. Had no idea Gerod Holliman would blow up like he did, and James Sample wasn’t even a thought to be a Cardinal at the time.

5) Trevon Young – Didn’t have a breakout season, but also played a similar position as some guy named Lorenzo Mauldin. He still appeared in 11 games though.

So what that shows is this list may miss a time or two (Benjamin and Williams) or it can have guys on here that can be huge on defense (Kelsey and Rankins). Take it for what it’s worth. It would be easy to name the big-time guys. Taking a couple chances here.

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Live With 55 4/15/15 (Debut Episode)

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Here is the debut episode of Live with 55 with guest former UofL Wide-out Lavell Boyd. I hope you enjoy.

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/csz/2015/04/15/live-with-55-4-15-15-debut-episode

Basketball Recruiting Update on Derryck Thornton

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Photo: maxpreps.com

The Louisville Cardinals have two spots left to fill for next season’s team. If you caught the post from the other day, we focused in on the three guys that were the most likely options to fill the two spots. One of those players was 5-star point guard Derryck Thornton from Findlay Prep in Henderson, Nevada.

Thornton is currently a player in the 2016 class. But Rick Pitino brought the idea to Thornton to reclassify to 2015 and come in and join the Cards. If he does reclassify, it is believed that he will either choose Louisville or Duke. The Blue Devils will have a wide open spot at point guard with Tyus Jones declaring for the NBA.

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Report: Coppin State Transfer Sterling Smith Will Visit Louisville

Photo: Mike Granse-USA TODAY Sports

Photo: Mike Granse-USA TODAY Sports

According to this tweet from Jeff Borzello of ESPN.com, 6’4 shooting guard Sterling Smith will visit Louisville next Wednesday.

Smith is a transfer from Coppin State and as the tweet says, he is eligible immediately. This past season for the Eagles, Smith averaged 13.9 points, 4.9 rebounds, and 1.6 assists in 30.1 minutes per game. He shot 41.8% from three, connecting on 76-182 from behind the arc. As we have said before, Wayne Blackshear led the Cards this past season with 60 made three pointers.

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Videos: UK-EKU Football Bar Fight and UK QB Drew Barker gets sucker punched in EKU dorm

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Photo: collegespun.com

Video has surfaced from the night in January when some Kentucky football players were involved in a bar fight and roughed up an EKU football player. The first video is surveillance from the bar. The big guy that makes his way into the crowd to fight and leaves with a very bloody eye is the EKU player. I don’t need to go into detail about that incident. You can read about it here.

The next video is from later that night. Kentucky quarterback Drew Barker, for some reason, was at Telford Hall, which is on EKU’s campus. I can’t say I have been in a bar fight. But I am not sure it was wise to still be on that campus after this happened. Apparently, Patrick Graffree didn’t think it was wise for Barker to be there either. Graffree is 6’4 and 295 lbs and plays football for EKU.

EKU plays at UK on October 3, 2015.

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Terry Rozier and Wayne Blackshear Autograph Session on Wednesday

Terry Rozier and Wayne Blackshear will be signing autographs on Wednesday April 15 at St. Matthews Mall at Campus Wearhouse. Don’t get there without your wallet though!

Autograph Signing

2015 Spring Game: 5 Offensive Players to Watch

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Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

We started doing this post last season during the week of the Spring Football game. We give you five offensive and five defensive players to watch at this Friday’s spring game. These are guys that you may have heard of, but they are not the obvious names that you surely know. For example, I did not put DeVante Parker on the list last year. Pretty sure you already knew who he was and that he was going to be a decent player for the Cards. Right?

So this is just to bring your attention to a few guys that may be under the radar, but that we expect that you will need to know by the time the season starts in September. Just as a reference, the five guys we highlighted last year on offense were:

1) Will Gardner – Was an obvious choice, but he was following Teddy. It couldn’t be ignored to watch him.

2) L.J. Scott – Had a phenomenal spring game. Didn’t see too much action during the season, but fans still knew who he was after that spring game and he should be in for a big sophomore campaign.

3) Matt Milton – Never did pan out as a big wide receiver threat in games, but I do remember him catching a touchdown in the spring game, so that made me feel good about including him.

4) Tobijah Hughley – I had never heard of him leading up to the spring game, but we included him anyway. He ended up starting 12 games at Center last season.

5) Keith Towbridge – Was only a backup in 2013, but played in all 13 games last season. Expected to be a big playmaker at tight end this season.

So what does all of that mean? Probably not much, unless you like to learn about players and then see them probably pan out as contributors during the season. You can be sitting there Friday at the game and tell your friends about these players that they don’t know about, and then you sound smart. And if these players don’t play well, then I will take the blame. Just tell them about that idiot on CardinalSportsZone.com.

So here are the five guys to watch for this Friday on offense. And the biggest one besides these five will be obvious: the Quarterback race between Reggie Bonnafon, Kyle Bolin, and Tyler Ferguson.

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CardinalSportsZone Podcast 4/13/15: Thornton, Damion Lee Updates & Starting QB Race

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If you didn’t or couldn’t listen to the CardinalSportsZone podcast live today, it’s available here! We give updates and thoughts on the Damion Lee & Derryck Thornton recruiting efforts. We talk 2015 recruit performances at the KDFBB Classic. Who will be the starting QB? We give our thoughts! We have a podcast tab where all episodes will be kept. You can also favorite CardinalSportsZone.com/podcast in your browser. The CardinalSportsZone podcast is available on iTunes! Click on the badge below to subscribe today! Call in to the show on Monday’s and Friday’s at our regular time of noon at (914) 338-0180.

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http://www.blogtalkradio.com/csz/2015/04/13/cardinalsportszone-podcast-41315

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Terry Rozier’s 2014-15 Highlights

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Drexel transfer Damion Lee announces final 5 and sets first two visits

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Photo: AP

Drexel transfer Damion Lee announced his final 5 schools today on twitter:

The 6’6 Lee is one of the most sought after transfers in awhile and the Cards are right there in the mix. Most believe Lee’s home state school Maryland will be tough to beat out but it is possible. Lee told Mike Hughes of 247Sports that he plans to visit Arizona (April 17-19) and Louisville (April 19-21) before making an early May decision. Lee has no other visits planned at this time.

If Lee does in fact visit Louisville on those dates the Cards could have Lee as well as 5 star PG Derryck Thornton on campus at the same time. Hold on to your seats!

Bobby Petrino Talks After Saturday’s Scrimmage

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Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

Videos from Howie Lindsey of CardinalSports.com

Petrino talks about the quarterbacks, their timing with the wide receivers, already preparing for Auburn, and more.

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Derby Classic Leftovers: Dunk Contest and Interviews with Mitchell and Adel

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Photo: Scout.com

Final stats from the game.

Donovan Mitchell won the dunk contest at Freedom Hall last night, which wasn’t a huge surprise. This first video of that comes from TheCardinalsBeak.com.

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Final Stats from Derby Festival Basketball Classic

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The future Louisville Cardinals played on the White team on Saturday night in the Derby Festival Basketball Classic at Freedom Hall. The team did not get the win, but the future Cards certainly did their part. Donovan Mitchell led all scorers with 21 points and had 6 steals. Deng Adel also had a very good game with 20 points and 9 rebounds. Check out the rest of the box score below.

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Highlights: Future Cards at Night of the Future Stars

Here is a video from Friday night’s events at New Albany High School. Before tonight’s Derby Festival Basketball Classic, there is the Night of the Future Stars with a dunk contest, three point contest, and more competitions. The finals for the dunk and three point contests will be tonight at Freedom Hall at halftime of the game. Both events will have a future Louisville Cardinal in them.

Donovan Mitchell will be in the finals of the dunk contest along with Justin Simon (Arizona) and Danjel Purifoy (Auburn). Ryan McMahon will be in the finals of the three point contest with Matt Ryan (Notre Dame), Brandon Sampson (St. John’s), and Diamond Stone (Maryland).

This first video pretty much summarizes all of it for the future Cards. It is from TheCardinalsBeak.com.

CardinalSportsZone Podcast 4/10/15: Roster Moves, 5 Star Redshirt?

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If you didn’t or couldn’t listen to the CardinalSportsZone podcast live today, it’s available here! We go through the comings and goings in UofL Basketball. Shaqquan and done? Baseball makes a big jump in the rankings. Spring game info too. We have a podcast tab where all episodes will be kept. You can also favorite CardinalSportsZone.com/podcast in your browser. The CardinalSportsZone podcast is available on iTunes! Click on the badge below to subscribe today! Call in to the show on Monday’s and Friday’s at our regular time of noon at (914) 338-0180.

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