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Wow! What a fun season of sports that was, right? If you are the casual UofL fan and you mainly keep up with football and men’s basketball, you got to enjoy a Sugar Bowl and a National Championship. If you follow ALL teams at UofL, it seemed like everyday there was something to cheer about. Volleyball in the NCAA Tournament, a National Champion swimmer, men’s soccer making an NCAA Tournament run to the Elite 8, and so much more. Here is a little recap of how each team at UofL finished this season. To say the least, it is quite impressive! Go Cards!
Montrezl Harrell has made the Team USA roster for the 2nd straight year. Trez has been in Colorado Springs for the last week participating in try-outs and last night was named as one of the final 12 to make the team. Harrell will be coached again by UF head coach Billy Donovan when the team travels to Prague, Czech Republic from June 27-July 7 to play in the FIBA World Championships. For more info check out http://prague2013.fiba.com/
I’m not sure if there has ever been a conversation that oozed CardSwag more than the one you are about to read! CardNation I give you 2014 WR Commits DeSean Blair and George Rushing:
You guys remember my guy 4* DE from Miami Chad Thomas right? Well if not take a moment to read the entry from a couple days ago here: http://cardinalsportszone.com/2013/06/14/elite-miami-de-loves-him-some-cardinal-red/
After posting this Thomas told us here a CSZ “I like the picture y’all got of me!!” Well Chad if you like that you will love this. Chad continues to post some pictures showing off his #CardSwag but there was something about these two pictures I couldn’t help but notice.
To this point Rick Pitino is putting together what looks to be a blockbuster 2014 recruiting class. In the past 4 seasons we have seen Pitino change a lot in the Louisville program and now that looks to be bleeding over into recruiting. At the University of Louisville we have had many great players but majority East Coast guys with a sprinkle of the rest of the Nation here and there , but not in 2014. There is already a national flavor with Quentin Snider (KY) and Shaqquan Aaron (WA) already in the mix but now Pitino seems to be turning his attention to another area….Texas. Pitino seems to be looking to sign at least 3-4 more in this class and 3 of his top targets, Kelly Oubre, Myles Turner, Elbert Robinson all hail from the great state of Texas. Texas is a pipeline that we have not had much success in in recent years but snagging 2 of these 3 could be HUGE for 2 reasons, One: they are 3 of the best players at the High School level and Two: this could potentially open up another hot bed of recruiting for Pitino. Over the past few years Texas has produced many great players and it looks like its time for the University of Louisville to make its mark there. Below are some highlights of Oubre, Turner, Robinson.
Chad Thomas of Miami’s Booker T Washington High School may not be a name you have heard a lot of yet but he sure knows who Louisville is. Thomas who is an Elite DE that ranks as high as the number 11 DE in the nation has offers from MANY schools such as Louisville, FSU, LSU, Miami, Miss St, Ole Miss, Tennessee, Texas A&M and others. But it sure looks as though he favors a certain shade of red:
This year’s NBA Draft is Thursday June 27! Here is a look at some of the mock drafts! Some of the sites did not have a 2nd round of picks, so that is hopefully why you don’t see Peyton Siva on all of them. I have said it before, I believe he has worked his way into the 2nd round of this year’s draft!
2014 running back Andre Stoddard (Greenville, SC) will be another player on UofL’s campus this weekend, just adding to the list of big-time players in the ‘Ville. As a junior, Stoddard rushed for 2,775 yards, which is the South Carolina single season state record! He had 40 touchdowns, which is 4th best in a single season all time. The top schools that Stoddard is interested in are (in no order): Louisville, Kentucky, Georgia, South Carolina, Clemson, and Tennessee.
4* QB Dj Gillins (Jacksonville FL) will be on the UofL campus this weekend. Gillins is rated as high as the #1 Dual threat QB on some sites and is loaded with potential. As high as Gillins is rated, it could have been even higher. Gillins tore his ACL in his 2012 Jr season but seems to be recovering greatly. After de commiting from Texas Tech Gillins now has very high interest in the Cards and has a close relationship with Louisville Commit Isaiah Ford. Gillins called Ford “The best WR in the state of Florida” in a recent interview with Mike Hughes. Louisville clearly is going to land another QB in this class and with OK St transfer Wes Lunt prolonging his decision it will be interesting to see the Strong and company extend an offer to Gillins this weekend. At 6’3 and 4.5 speed Gillins is exactly the type of QB that could come in an compete to fill the void that will almost surely be left by Bridgewater after this year. You can follow Dj Gillins on twitter @BlessedWhereIAM