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Sophomore Center Chinanu Onuaku was selected as one of 24 players who will be participating in the USA basketball Men’s U19 training camp that will be held in Colorado June 12-26. This camp is a try out to make the 12 man team that will go on to play in the FIBA U19 World Championships later this month in Greece.
The team now coached by Arizona’s Sean Miller is the same team that Montrezl Harrell was a member of in 2013. That summer really helped take Trez’s game to another level and you have to think Pitino hopes to see the same from Nanu.
From Press Release per Louisville SID Kenny Klein:
The 6-10, 230-pound Onuaku from Lanham, Md., started 26 games as a freshman in helping the Cardinals post a 27-9 record last season, reaching the final eight teams in the NCAA Tournament for the fifth time in the last eight years. An All-ACC Academic team selection, Onuaku averaged 3.0 points, 4.6 rebounds and was ninth in the ACC with 42 blocked shots last season.
I absolutely loved the videos from spring practice but this new one may have taken the top spot. #RingTheBell
Per Jon Rothstein of CBS, St. Louis will be one of the non conference games for the Louisville Basketball team this season.
The Cards played St. Louis on their way to the Sweet 16 in 2014 but this will be the first regular season match up since the C-USA days. This is a solid addition to the already tough Louisville schedule and while it may not be a “blockbuster” game it is one that will look good on the resume come March.
One other thing to note, the date and time have not been announced but we do know that the Louisville Football team plays in the Battle of the Bluegrass on Nov. 28th which is the same weekend projected for this game.
Per Brett McMurphy of ESPN, the time and TV for what may be the most anticipated Louisville game ever has been set.
This will be the first time the Cards have kicked off on CBS since 1997 and outside of the rivalry weekends, the first SEC non-conference game on CBS since Alabama vs FSU in 2007 per @MattSmithCFB.
Tickets for the game on September 5th are still available at GoCards.com.
If you are a Louisville Basketball fan you have probably heard the name Maverick Rowan. It was widely rumored that Rowan would attempt to finish the last couple classes he needed and graduate this summer. Rowan ran into a problem when his current high school Cardinal Gibbons seemed to not be sure how they could make this work. Last we heard Rowan was looking for a school to make this happen and it appears he may have done just that. Rowan’s father told the following to the Post-Gazette:
“Nothing is definite yet. We just have to make a decision,” said Ron Rowan. “I found a place he can graduate from. He can take the two classes he needs.
“If he decides he wants to go to college [this fall], then that’s a decision that needs to be within the next 10 days, because he will have to start summer school right after school ends [at Cardinal Gibbons]. If he doesn’t go to college, then there is a little bit of time to make a decision.”
Rowan’s father made it clear that the family had 3 options: stay at Cardinal Gibbons, go back to his original high school Lincoln Park, or graduate early and attend college. If Rowan opts for the latter expect him to be in a Louisville uniform next season.
Bobby Petrino received some good news today when 2016 4 star QB Tylin Oden (TN) chose Louisville. Oden picked the Cards over Mississippi State and WVU.
The 6’5 Oden is rated the #7 duel threat QB according to Rivals.com and gives Petrino his 10th commitment for the 2016 class. Oden has incredible arm strength and a lot of upside under the direction of Bobby Petrino. Look for Oden to most likely redshirt in his freshman season but the potential for playing time is there.
Look for the Cards to continue the pursuit of Jawon Pass but there is no doubt the staff is happy and are expecting big things from Oden.
2016 5 star Small Forward VJ King is set to make an official visit to Louisville this weekend. The 6’6 King is a consensus 5 star player on every major recruiting site and the Cards seem to be in prime position. The main reason for Louisville’s great position with King, Kenny Johnson. Johnson once coached King’s current high school Paul VI and King plays for Johnson’s former AAU team Team Takeover. Johnson has already paid great dividends for Pitino but King could be his biggest haul yet.
King recently cut his list to Louisville, UConn, Virginia, Arizona and Kentucky. At this time Louisville leads King’s 247 Crystal Ball with 83% of the picks. King has plans to also visit UCONN on May 29th but has no other visit set at this time. A commitment from King this weekend is unlikely but not impossible so keep a close eye on this one. Follow VJ King on twitter @
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!
All signs point to graduate transfer (Cleveland State) combo guard Trey Lewis choosing the Cards over his hometown school Ohio State tomorrow, per multiple sources. Lewis averaged 16 points a game, shooting 42% from behind the 3 point line and hitting 96 of 227 three pointers. You may remember Lewis from his 24 points, 5 rebounds, and 2 steals performance earlier this season in the Yum Center.
Pitino said he wanted shooters from here on out and the addition of Lewis will be just that. Expect the sharp shooting combo guard to push for a starting spot next season.
We have learned many things after the Cards OT loss to Michigan State on Sunday, but most of all we have learned the Louisville basketball team will look much different next season. After already signing three (Ryan McMahon is the 4th and hasn’t signed just yet) in the 2015 class (likely top 5) Louisville has one scholarship open that belonged to Akoy Agau. But today Rick Pitino let us know that two, maybe even three more could come open. Shortly after Pitino’s end of season press conference we found out that Anton Gill would be transferring from the program. So for those keeping up at home, we are up to two scholarships and I don’t believe we are done.
So now raises the big question: Who is going to fill these spots? Many things will play into who the Cards go after (How many spots do we have? Will some of these kids even leave?) and while I’m not ready to put a “Most likely” tag on anyone let’s take a look.
Trey Lewis (Graduate Transfer)
PG/SG 6’2 180 lbs
Yes for those asking, the same Trey Lewis that dropped a cool 24 points 5 rebounds and 2 steals in the Yum Center on the Cards this season. Lewis is an excellent player that averaged 16 points a game, shooting 42% from behind the 3 point line. Lewis hit 96 of 227 three pointers this season. Lewis announced today he would be leaving the CSU program and yes the Cards have already been in contact. I would be shocked if Lewis isn’t in a Louisville uniform next season.
Georgia Transfer (CB) Shaq Wiggins went down with an apparent arm injury according to those at practice this morning.
Michael McCammon of Scout.com tweeted
Wiggins is projected to be the starter at the Corner Back position for the Cards. We will have more later right here on CardinalSportsZone.
The bracket is out and I couldn’t be more happy. Like I said this Louisville team could lose in the first round or could make a Final Four but this draw sure makes me feel better about the latter. The Cards found themselves in the East Region (#1 seed Villinova) and will kick off their road to Indy this Friday against UC Irvine. We will have more on the Cards road and UC Irvine soon.
This Saturday when the Cards take on the #2 Virginia Cavaliers, we will say goodbye to Wayne Blackshear (Sr.) and Montrezl Harrell (Jr.). But at the end of the day will we be saying goodbye to more than just these two athletes. We will be saying a final goodbye to the 2013 National Championship team.
IT IS FINALLY MARCH and with one week left in the regular season the ACC tournament bracket is starting to take shape. Here is the bracket and standings if the tournament were to end today.
FINALLY!! (The Rock Voice) Ok maybe not that extreme, but we are excited to announce that will we now venture into the realm of the podcast! The Cardinal Sports Zone Podcast will debut this Monday, March 2nd at noon.
Justin, Jeremy, and myself are all avid sports talk listeners and enjoy all the shows from 93.9 The Ville to the podcast put on by our friends over at The Crunch Zone. Quite frankly, we just want to throw our two cents in. We also see the serious need for something “Louisville” to listen to in the mid day hours. (I mean I know CardNation how much we all enjoy KSR……………..yea me neither). We hope to solve both of these problems with this podcast.
Per Louisville SID Louisville point guard Chris Jones has been suspended.
One of the many reasons we love Coach Petrino so much is simply because he likes what the fans like. Louisville Football announced today it will host a Football Signing Day Party on February 4th at the Brown and Williamson Club in PJCS. The signing day party tradition was cut under Charlie Strong but made its return last season when Bobby Petrino took the reins of the Cardinal program again. This years recruiting class will be the first full class under Petrino and looks to possibly be the highest ranked in Louisville history.
I don’t know why things like this mean so much to us but they do! Thanks again Bobby and Go Cards!!
From Press Release Per Louisville Football
LOUISVILLE, Ky.– National Football Signing Day is rapidly approaching and the University of Louisville football team has a full slate of coverage and events scheduled as head coach Bobby Petrino and the Cardinals welcome the class of 2015 on Wednesday, Feb. 4.
The white and red out games have became a yearly tradition in the KFC Yum Center and that tradition will continue for the 9th straight year this season. The Cards are asking fans to participate in the “White Out” on January 31st when UNC comes to town. The “Red Out” will continue to be on Senior Night this year when the Cards host Virginia (March 7th). Special shirts will go on sale January 22nd at the Cardinal Authentic in the KFC Yum Center.
Coach P talked with Fox Sports about a variety of topics. Lets just say I love my Coach!! #L1C4