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Update on Maverick Rowan: Not Allowed to Comment on Louisville?

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Photo: 247 Sports

It was a strange Friday night for Louisville target Maverick Rowan. The Cards have one spot left to fill for next season’s team. That spot looks to be reserved for Rowan, and if he can’t reclassify to 2015, the scholarship may just be saved and not used for this season.

Rowan was in Lexington on Friday playing in the Nike Elite Youth Basketball League. Yes, Nike. Not only that, he played for the Each1Teach1 team, better known as E1T1. That is the same team that Antonio Blakeney played for. Remember Blakeney committed to Louisville and then about (what seemed like) 10 seconds later, he decommitted and ultimately ended up choosing LSU, a Nike school.

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CardinalSportsZone Podcast 4/24/15: Lee, Willard, P.R. & More!

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If you didn’t or couldn’t listen to the CardinalSportsZone podcast live today, it’s available here! Tons of Basketball news. Damian Lee, Ralph Willard & P.R. are just a few. Did you hear about CSZ & 93.9? Plus much more. 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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Defending the Ralph Willard Hire…For Some Reason

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AP Photo/Tony Dejak

It became official on Thursday that Ralph Willard will be coming back to UofL to join Rick Pitino’s staff as an assistant coach. Willard was on staff at Louisville from 2009-2011 and has also coached with Rick Pitino with the New York Knicks (1987-89) and the University of Kentucky (1989-90). He has coached the game of basketball for 39 years. I don’t need to go into his records at all of his stops. The man has proven he knows the game of basketball.

What is interesting about this hire is some of the reaction it has gotten. I certainly didn’t think I would need to defend this hire, but here we go. Here are some quotes I saw about Willard while searching the interwebs.

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Pitino: Lewis, Lee, Mitchell won’t have defined roles on offense

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Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

Rick Pitino just wrapped up his press conference where he talked about new transfer Damion Lee, new assistant Ralph Willard, and the Cards’ trip to Puerto Rico this summer. He obviously said a lot of things worth mentioning, but one thing near the end seemed to stick out when talking about the offense.

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Cards to play in Puerto Rico this summer

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Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

From UofL:

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The University of Louisville men’s basketball team will play as many as six games against national teams from Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic during a week-long trip to Puerto Rico in August.

          The Cardinals will face the Puerto Rico National Team, the Puerto Rico Junior National Team and the Dominican Republic National Team during their Aug. 10-17 visit to Puerto Rico.  Details on game dates will be available at a later date.

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Damion Lee Will Transfer to Louisville

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The Louisville Cardinals have filled another void for next season. Evan Daniels has reported that Drexel transfer Damion Lee has decided to finish his career at the University of Louisville, where he will have one year of eligibility remaining. After hearing from many schools, around 70 or 80 according to Lee, he narrowed his list down to five. Ultimately, Lee chose the Cards over Arizona, Maryland, Gonzaga, and Marquette.

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Live With 55 4-22-15 Alvin Sims, Rex Ecarma, Courtney Dinkins

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Live With 55 4-22-15 Alvin Sims, Rex Ecarma, Courtney Dinkins

Enjoy!

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Basketball Recruiting Update: Thornton Chooses Duke

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This happened yesterday, so it is pretty well-known already, but I figured with the way our basketball recruiting page is now set up to post all of our recruiting posts, it would be a good idea to at least update you on this story.

Five-star point guard Derryck Thornton has committed to Duke and he will reclassify to 2015. He had planned to visit Louisville April 19-21, but plans changed and Coach K visited Thornton on April 20. Thornton originally pushed his visit to Louisville back to sometime in May, but we really didn’t expect that visit to happen.

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Update on Maverick Rowan 4/21/15

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Photo: Rivals.com

Chip Miller of 247 Sports has provided an update on 2016 player Maverick Rowan, who is trying to reclassify to 2015. If he is able to reclassify, and really even if he is not able to, the Louisville Cardinals appear to be a front-runner to land the 6’7 small forward from Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

We knew that Rowan needed two more classes to graduate early and enroll in college for the 2015-16 season. It sounds like his current high school, Cardinal Gibbons, is not helping him out very much to get this done.

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Gorgui Dieng Talks About his time at UofL, the NBA, his camp, and more.

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Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports

Don’t ask Gorgui who is going to win the NBA title this season. He doesn’t care.

CardinalSportsZone Podcast 4/20/15: Spring Game, Battle, Lee Updates

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If you didn’t or couldn’t listen to the CardinalSportsZone podcast live today, it’s available here! Who caught our eye at the Spring game? What is the word on Damian Lee and Tyus Battles visits? 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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Damion Lee and Tyus Battle Both Visiting Louisville Sunday

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The next few days could be very big for the future of Louisville basketball as two players will be taking official visits. Drexel transfer Damion Lee, who you have probably heard of by now, wraps up a visit to Arizona on Sunday and will be in Louisville at some point of the day. Five star shooting guard Tyus Battle, who is in the class of 2016, will also be on campus and is fresh off of a visit to Duke.

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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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Ryan McMahon Officially Signs With Louisville

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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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Louisville Offers 2016 4-star Shooting Guard

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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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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.

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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!

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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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Terry Rozier’s 2014-15 Highlights

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Highlights: Trey Lewis vs Louisville

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By now, you probably know that the newest Louisville Cardinal, Trey Lewis, played at the KFC Yum! Center on November 26, 2014 against the Louisville Cardinals.

Louisville won the game 45-33. Lewis scored 24 points. I repeat: Lewis scored 24 of his team’s 33 points. He also added 5 rebounds, 1 assist, and 2 steals. Tough to get assists when your teammates combine for 9 points I guess. Anyway, here is a highlight video of Lewis from that game. Can’t wait to see him next season!

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