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When 5 star SG Antonio Blakeney received an offer from UK earlier this month some wondered if Rick Pitino would back off and move on. Today Pitino answered that question with a resounding NO! Pitino was front and center for all three of Blakeney’s games today and the 6’4 SG did not disappoint.
Blakeney flirted with a triple double in game one before ending with 25 points, 10 rebounds, and 7 assist. While shooting around before game two I let Blakeney know just how close he was to the triple double to which he responded with a smile “I’ll get it this game”. Blakeney then took a few minutes to chat with current Louisville SG Terry Rozier. Over 3 games today Blakeney went for 60 plus points and showed the smooth stroke that has #CardNation hoping when it’s all said and done he’s in Red and Black.
The pre season All-ACC team was announced today and Louisville’s DeVante Parker was the only Card to make it. Parker was named one of the Wide Receivers along with FSU’s Rashad Greene and Duke’s Jamison Crowder. Was kind of surprising to not see Jake Smith or Lorenzo Mauldin on that list but you have to think this makes the Cards even that more hungry. Nevertheless a huge congratulations to DeVante!!
Full All-ACC team below:
According to multiple outlets 4 star SG Prince Ali will visit Louisville September 6th. The Louisville football team will host Murray St. that Saturday night (7pm) so it should be a great weekend for Ali to take in all Louisville has to offer. Since de committing from UCONN the 6’4 SG has been playing as good as any guard in the nation and that has caught the eye of many coaches. Louisville, UCLA, Indiana, and Michigan are in the race for Ali with UCLA slightly out front. Ali will head to UCLA the weekend before so this will be a great chance for the Cards to impress. Follow Prince Ali on twitter @PrinceSmoove23
Today at ACC Media Days the ACC released their preseason voting lists and they are as follows:
The Cards coming in at 3rd in the Atlantic Division is about spot on if you ask me. Don’t see many scenarios where the Cards should be ahead of FSU or Clemson in this preseason. With that being said I (even if in the minority) expect the Cards to walk out of Clemson with a W. So lets not forget this is just preseason ;)
It is becoming very clear that the Cards plan on signing a shooting guard in the 2015 class. This point became even clearer when Coach Pitino offered former UCONN commit Prince Ali (Insert your Aladdin joke here). Ali is rated as a 4 star SG by all services and lands as high as top 30 overall. It looks like The Cards, UCLA, Michigan, Arizona and IU are the teams in the race for the 6’4 guard and should all receive visits. We will have more on Ali Monday in our CSZ Recruiting Notebook.
As you have read in our CSZ Recruiting Notebook today 2015 SG Dwayne Bacon is climbing fast up the Cards wish list. Sunday Bacon went off for 43 points and showed why myself and others are getting on board with seeing Bacon in a Louisville jersey.
By Justin Renck and Steve Rummage:
Two weeks ago we started a new weekly series that will update you on where the Cards stand with their top basketball recruiting targets for the class of 2015. We plan to release a new post every Monday and give any updates there may be. Rather than talk about every recruit out there that Louisville has just talked to or looked at, we will focus on the main guys that the Cards are going after and have a shot at landing. So you can get familiar with these names and not have to worry about 20 different players to learn about.
With AAU camps starting up, this past week brought us a good amount of updates to the notebook. We added a few players to the list, one recruit made his college decision, and one guy that looked to be a “Louisville lean” may not be at this point.
Rick Pitino said at his press conference what we are all expecting and that is that Terry Rozier is set up for a “Breakout year”. Rozier, who is in Vegas for the LeBron James skills academy sat down with CBS’s Jeff Borzello to talk about what he needs to to fill the shoes left my Russ Smith this season.
“If I told you replacing Russ would be easy, I would be lying to you,” Rozier said at the LeBron James Skills Academy. “It’ll definitely be tough. He played there for four years, and he’s tough. But that’s something that we’re doing right now, playing constantly, getting to know each other. Someone has to step up and do it.”
At yesterday’s press conference Coach Pitino made it clear he has no intentions of retiring any time soon. As a fan (and a Rick Pitino fan boy) this excites me but it still doesn’t change the fact that Rick is 61 and more than likely the Cards will have a new head coach in the next 10-12 years. The million dollar question has always been “Who will be the next coach at Louisville after Rick Pitino?”
According to his Instagram Louisville guard Terry Rozier will attend the LeBron James Camp in Las Vegas later this week. The LBJ camp takes 20 of the top College Basketball players and over 80 of the best high school players and allows them to go against the best competition. Other than basketball the campers also deal with things such as Marketing, PR, and other media operations.
This is the second big camp Rozier has been apart of this summer. At the Kyrie Irving camp last month Rozier drew much praise from people within the camp including John Lucas. Like I’ve said before these camps are only a good thing for Rozier who most believe will be one of the breakout players this season. It will be fun to keep up and hear the reviews Terry draws this time.
No word on whether any other UofL players will be attending also.
There is no doubt the Cards will be a serious threat to make it to Indianapolis this season and most of that confidence comes from their ability to play defense. ESPN’s Dana O’Neil says the Cardinals will be one of the best defensive teams in the nation this season along with Arizona and Virginia.
I’m not going to say Anas Osama is my favorite Louisville Cardinal……but then again I’m not saying he isn’t either.
The AAU Nationals will be coming to Louisville July 22-26th this year. The event will be held in the Kentucky Expo Center and will feature many of Louisville’s top targets. CSZ has learned 5 Star SG Antonio Blakeney will be one of those targets. This will be a great annual event for the city and for Louisville Basketball recruiting.
From AAU website:
“The City of Louisville along with the Kentucky Exposition Center are proud to host the AAU Division I 10th & 11th Grade National Championships, the AAU 10th Grade Super Showcase – Gold Division, the AAU 11th Grade Super Showcase –Gold Division and the AAU 12th Grade National Championship. Games will be played July 23rd – 28th at the Kentucky Exposition Center.”
For more info on the AAU Nationals follow @AAU_Basketball
Also visit AAUBoysBasketball.org
By Justin Renck and Steve Rummage:
Last week we started a new weekly series that will update you on where the Cards stand with their top basketball recruiting targets for the class of 2015. We plan to release a new post every Monday and give any updates there may be. Rather than talk about every recruit out there that Louisville has just talked to or looked at, we will focus on the main guys that the Cards are going after and have a shot at landing. So you can get familiar with these names and not have to worry about 20 different players to learn about.
There weren’t any major changes in the past week, but there are still some updates. The month of July should bring us plenty of new information with AAU season in full swing. There are major camps such as the LeBron James Skills Academy, Peach Jam, and AAU Nationals, which are held in Louisville this year.
Defensive End Lorenzo Mauldin was named to the Bednarik Award watch list. The Bednarik Award is given to the College Football Defensive Player of the Year. Last season Mauldin finished in the top 20 among the nations sack leaders and looks primed finish even higher this season. Under Todd Grantham’s 3-4 scheme look for Mauldin to get plenty of playing time at the OLB position this season also. One thing is for sure, the name Lorenzo Mauldin is going to make a lot of ACC QB’s lose some sleep this season. Here’s to you Jameis.
Louisville WR DeVante Parker was named to the Maxwell Award watch list. The Maxwell Award is given out to the College Football Player of the Year. Last season Parker caught 55 passes for 885 yards and tied the school record with 12 touchdowns and most are expecting those numbers to be on the rise under Petrino. Something tells me this won’t be the last Award list we see Parkers name on.
Former Louisville Center Samardo Samuels will join Russ Smith on the New Orleans Pelicans summer league roster. Samuels went undrafted in the 2010 draft before signing with the Cleveland Cavaliers. Samuels averaged 9.5 ppg and 3 rpg for Olimpia Milano in Italy last season.
The Pelicans will play in the Las Vegas summer league that starts July 11th.
New Orleans will play NBA D-League team July 11th 7:30 CST, the Lakers July 13th at 1:30 CST, and San Antonio July 14th at 3:30 CST before beginning Pool play.
With this years draft over CBS’s Gary Parrish predicted next years Draft Lottery. To the surprise of some (Maybe) he had our Montrezl Harrell going at #5:
5. Montrezl Harrell (Louisville)
Harrell’s return to Louisville was arguably the biggest surprise among all decisions made by underclassmen because he would’ve likely been a lottery pick in the 2014 NBA Draft. The goal, clearly, is to spend another season developing in college and improve his so-called stock. If he does those things, yes, this 6-8 super-athletic forward can go in the top five.
I think some are under estimating just how good Trez could be this year for the Cards. When the decision was announced that Montrezl would return to Louisville it immediately put the Cards in the Final Four conversation. Let me put it like this, there will not be another team in American College Basketball with a more dominate PF than the Cards will have next season. So Cards fans enjoy every dunk, every scream, every big time hustle play, and every “OH MY” moment this season because it is almost certain to be the last for Trez in a Cardinals uniform. #L1C4
If you have any doubts that Russ Smith will succeed in the NBA then watch this video now!
247Sports.com released there updated 2015 basketball rankings and some Louisville targets made some moves.
New Ranking indicated:
Isaiah Briscoe: #9 overall, #2 PG
Tyler Dorsey: #10 overall, #3 PG
Bryant Crawford: #98 overall, #18 PG
Antonio Blakeney: #12 overall, #1 SG
Allonzo Trier: #16 overall, #2 SG
Deng Adel: #22 overall, #5 SF
Dwayne Bacon: #11 overall, #4 SF
Ray Smith: #6 overall, #3 SF
Derek Jones: #28 overall, #7 SF
Brandon Ingram: #27 overall, #6 SF
Raymond Spalding: #64 overall, #16 PF
Carlton Bragg: #7 overall, #3 PF
Stephen Zimmerman: #14 overall, #2 Center
Cheick Diallo: #3 overall, #1 PF