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.
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…..
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Photos by Tim Haag (@UofLBirdsNest)
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)|
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.
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.
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!!!
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
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
By Justin Renck:
This Saturday, Cards fans will have an opportunity to see two future players for the Louisville Cardinals live and up close. 2013 signees Terry Rozier and Anton Gill will be in town playing in the Louisville Hoopfest at Iroquois High School. Rozier and Gill are teammates at Hargrave Military Academy, a prep school in Chatham, Virginia.
By Justin Renck:
*Charlie Strong picked up 2 committments today for the class of 2013. Richard Benjamin, a WR/DB that will likely play cornerback for the Cards, has offers from nearly every major program in the country. Read our earlier post here. Benjamin actually committed to the Cards a few days ago, but since he was making his official visit this weekend, the coaches wanted to wait until then for it to become official, and now it is.
In a triple overtime thriller over the weekend, Louisville commits Terry Rozier and Anton Gill put on a show as they combined for 79 points! Rozier had 40 points, 11 rebounds, 5 assists, and 5 steals. Gill had 39 points, 4 rebounds, and 3 assists as Hargrave beats Kiski 135-117. Check out the video!
It appears that 2012 UofL basketball commit Terry Rozier won’t make it to campus after all. At least not yet. Rozier, a 4* point guard from Shaker Heights, Ohio did not qualify academically and he will attend Hargrave Military Academy for the 2012-13 season. 2013 UofL commit Anton Gill will also be playing at Hargrave, which is located in Virginia.
CSZ’s Steve Rummage had this to say: “Rozier heading to Hargrave may be a blessing for UofL. Now if they (UofL) miss out on (Anthony) Barber and (Demetrius) Jackson, Rozier is sitting there for the 2013 class.”
The summer can be a rough time for UofL basketball fans; there just isn’t anything going on. But the reality is the summer is where you build the foundation of your team for the years to come and Coach Rick Pitino and staff are showing just how important this time of recruiting really is. The staff has been very busy as of late: Who are they watching? Who is really interested in UofL? And is there a chance 2013 could be the best class Pitino has ever had at UofL? We will answer all these questions and more so let’s get started!