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Basketball Notebook: Wednesday 2:00 p.m.

Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

I had to put a time in the title of the post because there seems to be news every few hours with the basketball team and roster. So this is just to update you on what has been going on with the Cards and what we could see happening soon.

*Shaqquan Aaron and Chinanu Onuaku will both return to the University of Louisville. That is very good news as both players could play a big role for the Cards over the next few years.

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Shaqquan Aaron Will Stay at Louisville

Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

The roster news continues today for the University of Louisville basketball team. It has been more good than bad, and this news is that freshman Shaqquan Aaron will stay at UofL and not transfer, as some had thought he would do.

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Report: Chinanu Onuaku Staying at Louisville

Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

One of the roster questions appears to have been answered. According to the Courier-Journal, big man Chinanu Onuaku will return to the University of Louisville. After Rick Pitino’s press conference on Monday to wrap up the season, there was a question as to whether Onuaku would be one of the players that would transfer out of the program.

Soon after the press conference, it was learned that Anton Gill would transfer. The other two question marks appeared to be Onuaku and Shaqquan Aaron. There is still no word on Aaron just yet, but it is good to hear that Onuaku will be back.

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Transcript of Rick Pitino’s End-of-Season Press Conference

Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images

Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images

Rick Pitino met with the media on Monday afternoon for almost 30 minutes to wrap up the season, which saddens me. It is about 8 days too early, but it happens. He said that Terry Rozier and Montrezl Harrell will both go pro, and also hints that a couple of players could transfer.

Since the press conference this afternoon, we learned that sophomore Anton Gill will transfer.

Transcript from Courier-Journal.com. Edited by me.

Video here

Opening statement

Before I leave on the recruiting trail, we had individual instructions and I missed you guys so I wanted to say goodbye to you one last time. You know, there’s good and bad in every season, and I’m not going to mislead you and tell you that it doesn’t hurt. Outside of the Christian Laettner loss, I think this was probably the second most-bitter defeat that we have faced, because, you know when Mangok made that first free throw which shouldn’t have gone in, I said, we’re going to win this thing and for a span of a short period of time all I could think of was, ‘We just have to play defense for four seconds.” At first there was three-point-something, and they changed it. And I said all we’ve got to do is play defense for four seconds and we’re in the Final Four, because I was positive the second one would go in after that luck. And it didn’t go in. And we missed a lot of free throws down the stretch, a lot of layups down the stretch, and that’s the bad.

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55 (Season 2 Episode 23)

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This week on 55…..

We close in on the season finale of 55. We talk about Elite 8’s, departures and Villains. The men’s Tennis team jumps into the top 25. JamFest and McDonald’s All-American games are this week. What will I do this summer? Find out today! Steve needed a hug on the Podcast today and me and Justin tried our best to console him. Rebuild or Reload? Hmm. All of this and more……….

Without further adieu, here are the most ridiculous, outlandish, interesting or just downright obnoxious things I have heard this week. THIS is 55…..

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Anton Gill Will Transfer from Louisville

Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

Rick Pitino dropped some hints at today’s press conference that a couple of players could transfer out of the program. We have now learned that one of those will happen, and that is Anton Gill.

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Pitino Talks Lineup/Roster Changes with the Courier-Journal

Photo: USA Today

Photo: USA Today

Rick Pitino held an impromptu Q & A (question & answer…you’re welcome) on Friday night with Jeff Greer of the Courier-Journal. I will post just a little bit of that and then give you the link to read the rest.

Q: You said you were considering a change at center. Have you thought about going small?

Pitino: Well, we’ve done that before with Kyle Kuric. The only thing when you go small is it’s probably (freshman forward Jaylen Johnson) and Montrezl (Harrell). If you go small — you know, (freshman wing Shaqquan Aaron) and (sophomore guard Anton Gill) aren’t playing very well. I’ve gone long enough with Anton, trying my best to be patient … I’ve gotten to the point that I’ll go with David Levitch.

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55 (Season 2 Episode 20)

 

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This week on 55…..

We are coming to the end of another season of 55. Don’t worry though, still 3-4 episodes left this season and I am confident it will be renewed for a third season. Seeing that I am the only one who could approve or cancel 55 I would have to be a dufus to deny the approval. (Shout out to Steve) Speaking of Steve. Did you tune into the brand new CardinalSportsZone podcast yesterday? We will talk about that too. The ACC Championships have wrapped up for some and are about to gear up for others. Where did the Cards start the week in the polls? Find out here.

Without further adieu, here are the most ridiculous, outlandish, interesting or just downright obnoxious things I have heard this week. THIS is 55…..

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Louisville at Syracuse: Post Game Thoughts

Photo: Dennis Nett/Syracuse.com

Photo: Dennis Nett/Syracuse.com

Nevermind the freezing temperatures outside. If you get on social media, the world seems to be ending and it has nothing to do with weather. It has everything to do with Louisville losing their second basketball game in a row. This game had plenty of storylines if you are a Cards fan, from a suspended point guard to a senior not exactly stuffing the stat sheet. Here are just some of my quick hitting thoughts after the 69-59 loss at Syracuse. I won’t try to paint a National Championship picture, but I also won’t act like we should give up the sport for good after this season. This will just be honest opinions from yours truly, a fellow fan of the Cards.

Chris Jones did it to himself

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Highlights: Louisville vs Pittsburgh

Some pretty good clips here, including the pass from Quentin Snider to Montrezl Harrell for the dunk that didn’t even count. It was also good to see Anton Gill get a dunk. That looked like something he has been waiting to do for nearly two years now.

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Photo Gallery: Louisville vs North Carolina

Check out these photos from the North Carolina game on Saturday. These were taken by Tim Haag. Follow him on twitter for more great pictures @UofLBirdsNest.

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Rick Pitino Previews North Carolina 1/30/15

Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

Rick Pitino and Terry Rozier met with the media on Friday afternoon to preview the North Carolina game. Here is Pitino’s portion of the press conference, transcribed by Jeff Greer of the Courier Journal.

Pitino talks about the Tar Heels, the recent intrasquad scrimmage, Terry Rozier’s NBA draft stock, and much more.

Opening statement: I guess, when I got on the plane or the bus ride back from Boston, checked out the ACC scores, I was quite surprised. And that’s the nature of any great conference — it’s full of surprises because the bottom is very close to the top. Boston College played Virginia to the mat; they pulled away at the end. We pulled away at the end. Any great league has to have the bottom close to the top, and the teams in our league at the bottom. Georgia Tech, I believe, was winless and just blitzed Miami at Miami. So that’s the sign of any really good league. If you’re not on top of your game, you’re going to come away with an L. Carolina’s playing much better than the first time we played them. They’re on a winning streak, they’re playing with more scoring, more confidence and they’re better than the last time we faced them, so we have to be better.

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Cards Have a Tall Order to Face Against the Cats

Photo: Mark Zerof, USA TODAY Sports

Photo: Mark Zerof, USA TODAY Sports

When the Cards and Cats take the court on Saturday afternoon in one of the most anticipated regular season games of the season, Kentucky will do so with a significant height advantage. This is a pretty well-known fact, however I feel it is still worth noting. I knew Kentucky overall was just tall, but looking at the heights side by side, it is pretty staggering.

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Photo Gallery: Men’s Basketball vs Jacksonville State

Photos by Tim Haag (@UofLBirdsNest)

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Louisville Basketball Updated Roster

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With all of the freshman now on campus for the University of Louisville basketball team, the roster on GoCards.com has now been updated. This includes what numbers each player will wear.

# NAME HT WT POS CL HOMETOWN (PREVIOUS SCHOOL)
0 Terry Rozier 6-1 185 G SO Cleveland, Ohio (Shaker Heights/Hargrave Military Academy)
1 Anton Gill 6-3 185 G SO Raleigh, N.C. (Ravenscroft/Hargrave Military Academy)
2 Quentin Snider 6-1 170 G FR Louisville, Ky. (Ballard)
3 Chris Jones 5-10 175 G SR Memphis, Tenn. (NW Florida State College)
4 Dillon Avare 6-0 150 G RS FR Lexington, Ky. (Lexington Catholic)
5 Matz Stockman 7-2 240 F/C FR Oslo, Norway (Canaria Basketball Academy)
10 Jaylen Johnson 6-9 215 F FR Ypsilanti, Mich. (Ypsilanti)
12 Mangok Mathiang 6-10 210 F/C RS SO Melbourne, Australia (IMG Academy (Fla.))
14 Anas Mahmoud 7-1 205 F FR Cairo, Egypt (West Oaks Academy)
15 Trent Gilbert 6-0 180 G FR Georgetown, Ky. (Scott County)
21 Shaqquan Aaron 6-7 175 G FR Seattle, Wash. (Ranier Beach)
22 Akoy Agau 6-8 230 F SO Omaha, Neb. (Omaha Central)
23 David Levitch 6-3 180 G SO Goshen, Ky. (North Oldham)
24 Montrezl Harrell 6-8 240 F JR Tarboro, N.C. (Hargrave Military Academy)
25 Wayne Blackshear 6-5 230 G/F SR Chicago, Ill. (Morgan Park)
32 Chinanu Onuaku 6-10 230 F/C FR Lanham, Md. (Riverdale Baptist)
Coaches
Rick Pitino – Head Coach
Kenny Johnson – Assistant Coach
Wyking Jones – Assistant Coach
Mike Balado – Assistant Coach
Doug Davenport – Director of Video Operations
David Padgett – Director of Basketball Operations
Michael Bowden – Asst. Video Coordinator
Stephanie Diebold-Davis – Basketball Receptionist
Ray Ganong – Strength & Conditioning Coach
Fred Hina – Head Men’s Basketball Trainer
Jordan Sucher – Executive Assistant to Rick Pitino
Vincent Tatum – Equipment Manager
Wayne Turner – Program Assistant
Anthony Wright – Director of Academic Services

Rick Pitino gives a summer update on the team

Photo: Chris O'Meara/Associated Press

Photo: Chris O’Meara/Associated Press

Rick Pitino met with the media on Wednesday afternoon to give a summer update on the team. It’s only July, and there wasn’t any breaking news, but it sure was nice to hear Coach talk some hoops and about this year’s team! I expected it to be about a 20 minute press conference, but it ended up being just over 45! You can click here to watch the video of the press conference from CourierJournal.com. Below, I will give you the key notes from it…

The new Pelican…

-Pitino started out by talking about Russ Smith. He said that Russ wasn’t pleased with dropping to the 2nd round in the NBA Draft, and wanted to prove people wrong. Instead, Pitino said he should prove people right, and that’s the people that believe in him.

-Also with Russ, he got a guaranteed contract from the Pelicans. That is huge news, as second round picks have to make the team and are not guaranteed a spot just by getting drafted.

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Russ Smith makes a couple predictions for the Louisville backcourt

Photo: grantland.com

Photo: grantland.com

It is always a good insight into the team when former players (weird to type that about Russ) chime in about the current team. Russ Smith has made a couple of predictions on twitter in the last day or so regarding the Cards and a couple members of the backcourt.

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Montrezl Harrell and Anton Gill Open Gym Highlights

Check out this video done by BallIsLife.com of Montrezl Harrell and Anton Gill getting some work in back in their home state of North Carolina. Now I know they aren’t exactly going up against Duke or North Carolina players in this video, but there are still things you can be impressed with.

The adjustment from high school to college basketball takes longer for some than others, and I really think Anton Gill could surprise some people this year and make a name for himself. He has now had a full season and will have this off-season to improve and get better in Pitino’s system. In the video, he throws down some nasty dunks and shows good ball handling.

Then you watch Trez and the only thing I could think of was HE REALLY CAME BACK!!!

Mega-Trezl Leads The Way As Louisville Wins 115-67 Over Kentucky Wesleyan

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Montrezl Harrell scored 20 points on 9-of-10 shooting as defending national champion Louisville defeated Kentucky Wesleyan 115-67 on Tuesday night in the Cardinals’ first exhibition game.

Four guards joined Harrell in double figures. Terry Rozier scored 18 points and Russ Smith had 17 while Chris Jones and Anton Gill added 16 and 13, respectively.

Kentucky Wesleyan trailed 11-9 following Alex Brown’s two free throws with 14:41 remaining in the first half but the Cardinals clicked off a 20-2 run over the next 4:11, highlighted by two contested lob dunks by Harrell. Louisville led 49-33 at halftime as the Panthers had nearly as many fouls (24) as points.

Louisville hit 15 of its first 17 shots in the second half to lead 82-45 with 11:55 to play.

Freshman Ken-Jah Bosley led the eight-time Division II champion Panthers with 21 points.

Louisville hosts College of Charleston in their Nov. 9

2013-14 Men’s Basketball Roster

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This was the scene as last year ended with the ultimate prize, the National Championship. This year should be no different. The loss of Siva and Dieng will be big shoes to follow. The additions of Jones, Gill, Rozier and Agau and maturation of guys like Mango, Montrezl, Kevin, Wayne, Chane Luke and Russ are pivotal to any success that comes. New names means new numbers and today the University of Louisville released the Jersey assignments for the upcoming season. Baumann, Bond & Baffour are not on that list as of now. List is courtesy of GoCards.com

Go Cards!

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