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I can’t remember a weekend in recent memory involving UofL sports that struck so many different emotions: anger, sadness, confusion, happiness, relief, comfort. In true Rick Pitino hyperbole, I will say that this was the craziest weekend in all my years on this planet. (It wasn’t, but hyperbole can be fun) There was the scandal news that broke on Friday, a huge football win on Saturday, and also real live basketball at the KFC Yum! Center on Saturday as well. It was a back-and-forth of emotion.
This is the first chance I have really gotten to get on here and type something out this weekend, other than posting quick videos that don’t take much time to do. I still hope to post something individually for both the football game and basketball scrimmage. The scandal? Eh, not sure I (or any of us) have enough information to even form an opinion yet, but I will get into that here. So basically, this will just be a quick summary of how the weekend was for me, and probably for some of you too. I will try to expand on these topics soon. Until then, here is how the weekend went…
This past weekend, Louisville hosted a major prospect on campus as 5-star point guard De’Aaron Fox made an official visit. Jeff Greer of the Courier-Journal spoke to his high school coach and got a feel for how the visit went. Here are just a few quick hitters from Greer’s column, which you can read here.
On the latest edition of Cardinal Sports Zone on 93.9 The Ville, Steve and I previewed the Samford game and talked some hoops. We talked about what we wanted to see during the football game, talked about basketball uniforms, the upcoming Red-White game, and of course got off topic some. We were joined in studio by Perrin Johnson, which is always a treat. Click the soundcloud link below and give it a listen.
One of the nation’s top point guards in the class of 2016 is on UofL’s campus this weekend, and he has Louisville’s only commit with him. De’Aaron Fox, a five-star point guard on all four major recruiting sites, is taking an official visit this weekend while Cards’ commit V.J. King is here on an unofficial visit. It is believed that King is here on an unofficial because Fox asked that he be on campus when he is.
High school kids only get to take five official visits to colleges when they are deciding where to go. So if a big-time prospect uses one of those five visits on your school, you are right there in the mix. T.J. Leaf, a five-star power forward on all four major recruiting sites, will take an official visit to Louisville on the weekend of October 2. Rick Pitino and Kenny Johnson met with Leaf and his family for an in-home visit on Tuesday evening, and parlayed that into an official visit for Leaf.
So this team seems sort of easy to root for. Friday was Rick Pitino’s 63rd birthday. It is so funny to watch over and over to see how different players react. Raymond Spalding wants no part of it. Anas can’t get enough. Freshman Donovan Mitchell is the leading the choir. And of course Jaylen Johnson remixes it all up.
On today’s show, we talked about who we would each WANT as the starting QB for Louisville this season. Not who we think it will be, but our preference. I give a terrible answer, but pick somebody in the end. Perrin Johnson joined us, which was a treat. We had our most callers we have had so far and had a great time. Click the soundcloud link below to give it a listed. As always, we are on 93.9 The Ville on Saturday mornings from 10-11 a.m.
If you caught Rick Pitino’s latest blog on Tuesday, you saw that the head coach dropped some pretty cool information about possibly adding some J.V. games to the schedule.
We are working on playing 10 J.V. games this year. Some will be played at the Yum! Center on game day. It will give guys like Matz, Dillon and Ryan a chance to play major minutes and continue to develop.
David Burns is a big UofL fan just like the rest of us. I coach his son, Dawson, in basketball at Holy Cross High School. David, Dawson, and Whitney (David’s youngest girl) went down to Puerto Rico for a few days to watch the Cards in action. But while you are there, you have to do more than just watch basketball. When he asked me what he should write about, I said just make it all about your trip and what you experienced. Everyone else will have game recaps and write-ups, but nobody will have your own experience in a post. And so that is what he gave me. Enjoy!
By David Burns:
We visited several areas of the territory. We hiked, zip-lined, and rappelled through the rainforest. If you are in moderate physical shape…you should put one of these tours on your must-do list.
Things are really beginning to heat up in UofL sports and we squeeze all of it that we can into our 1-hour show on 93.9 The Ville! If you missed it today, you can click the soundcloud link below and check it out. We spent about half the time on basketball and half on football. What do these Puerto Rico games mean? Is Quentin Snider’s development slowed down by Trey Lewis/Damion Lee being here? And on the football side of things, we had Brandon Marcello on the show. Brandon is Auburn’s beat writer for AL.com and had some great insight into Auburn’s team and how he thinks the fans there are looking at Louisville. Check it out!
Here is the box score from Louisville’s 84-81 win over Puerto Rico on Friday. From an iphone or ipad, if the box score does not show up, try viewing it in the adobe app.
Step your game up people. If this isn’t how you look at the end of Louisville wins this year, it is time to reevaluate. This is strength and conditioning coach Ray Ganong after the Cards knocked off Puerto Rico on Friday night.
It was a rough night for the Cards, who dropped both games to Puerto Rico again. The rough part was in the second game, where the Cards lost 96-62. Here are the box scores from each.
Here is the final score from the second game on Tuesday, provided by Kenny Klein. I am having a little trouble getting the box score up from the first game. Click the link below to view the stats.
You will have to excuse Drew Deener and his use of technology. The audio alone is worth it, though. Coach Pitino and the Cards welcomed the fans to Puerto Rico, and the coach had nothing but good things to say about the team. We know Ricky P speaks in hyperbole, but he may have outdone himself with the following quote:
Fans will be able to get a glimpse of the 2015-16 Louisville Cardinals basketball team starting tomorrow as the Cards begin their 9 game (6 day) stretch in Puerto Rico. If you are able to catch any games, the schedule is listed below.
University of Louisville Exhibition Games Schedule
vs. Puerto Rico National and Junior Teams
Tuesday, Aug. 11 at Jose Miguel Agrelot Coliseum of Puerto Rico (17,024 seats)
5:30 p.m. Louisville vs. PR Junior team
8:00 p.m. Louisville vs. PR National team
UofL just released some adjustments made in the schedule for Puerto Rico. Per UofL:
The changes include:
Call it what you want. “Way-too-early” or “No-longer-way-too-early” as Eamonn Brennan calls it in his post on ESPN.com. Either way, it is a pretty early top 25 men’s college basketball poll. This poll does not include the Louisville Cardinals.
Markelle Fultz is a consensus 5-star shooting guard on the four major recruiting sites, and he will officially visit the Louisville Cardinals on Wednesday, August 5. Fultz has set two official visits so far, Louisville and Arizona. He will visit Arizona on August 8. Players only get five official visits, so this is pretty big.
Finally! We expected this for a while, and now it is official. So if you hadn’t already moved on from Maverick, you can go ahead and do so and join the rest of us. But judging by the majority of comments anytime I have posted about him lately, you already have. So this is just putting the nail in the coffin.