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CSZ Basketball Recruiting Notebook 8/18/14

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By Justin Renck and Steve Rummage:

In our basketball recruiting notebook, we fill you in on where the Cards stand with their top targets in the class of 2015. This week we remove two targets off the board as well as add a new face. Enjoy this week’s notebook!

Point Guard

Donovan Mitchell Donovan Mitchell (Commit) – Mitchell had another impressive week, leading his East team to the Nike Global Challenge Finals. In Friday’s Semi-Final, Mitchell put up 12 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 block, and 1 steal in a win against the South team featuring Antonio Blakeney and Jaylen Brown. Now Mitchell will turn his attention to the Elite 24 game on August 23rd. -Steve Rummage

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Louisville target Antonio Blakeney Highlights from Nike Global Challenge

Antonio Blakeney is one of the 3 candidates to fill the last scholarship in 2015 for the Cards. This video will explain why.

247 Sports Updates Their Basketball Recruit Rankings

Donovan Mitchell. Photo: 247 Sports

Donovan Mitchell. Photo: 247 Sports

247 Sports just updated their rankings for basketball recruits in the class of 2015. The Louisville Cardinals have all 3 of their commits in the top 30 overall.  

Raymond Spalding made the biggest leap of any of the future Cards, jumping up 59 spots from #80 to #21 overall. He also was upgraded to a 5-star player. He was previously a 4-star.

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CSZ Basketball Recruiting Notebook 8/11/14

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By Justin Renck and Steve Rummage:

In our basketball recruiting notebook, we fill you in on where the Cards stand with their top targets in the class of 2015. The Cards gained their third commit for 2015 this week, and possibly have one more target in mind. Enjoy this week’s notebook!

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Donovan Mitchell Donovan Mitchell (Commit) – Rick Pitino got his guy when PG Donovon Mitchell announced he had committed to Louisville. Mitchell gave his commitment to the Cards this past weekend while on campus for his official visit. While Mitchell cut his list to 5 last week, the 6’3 PG told Steve Jones of the Courier Journal he “had been set on committing to U of L for about the last two weeks”. In the same article, Mitchell told Jones, “I had a dream I was playing in front of 22,000 (at the KFC Yum! Center), and that’s when I told my parents that I want to commit to Louisville.” Mitchell’s commitment to Louisville drew high praise from people around the country, including the ACC Sports Journal who tweeted this about the Cards 2015 class, “With Deng Adel, Raymond Spalding, and Donovan Mitchell locked in,  Louisville may have the top 2015 class in the ACC. Pitino getting it done”. This week Donovan Mitchell was also named to the Elite 24 game held on August 23rd in Brooklyn. Look for Mitchell to vault up the updated rankings in the coming weeks. -Steve Rummage

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Louisville no longer in the mix for Isaiah Briscoe?

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According to Adam Zagoria Louisville is no longer in the mix for 5 star PG Isaiah Briscoe. In this weeks CSZ recruiting Notebook we said we should find out the answer to the question of just how interested the Cards were in Briscoe with Trier pledging to Arizona. Looks like we now have our answer. The more the summer went on the less Coach Pitino watched the NJ point guard so this isn’t to big of a shock. It looks like Pitino and company are going all in to land two of the four out of Donovan Mitchell, PJ Dozier, Prince Ali and Antonio Blakeney. Mitchell, Dozier, Ali and Blakeney will all visit within the month.

CSZ Basketball Recruiting Notebook 8/4/14

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By Justin Renck and Steve Rummage:

In our basketball recruiting notebook, we fill you in on where the Cards stand with their top targets in the class of 2015. With small forward Deng Adel and power forward Raymond Spalding already committed, the focus is now on backcourt players.

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Donovan Mitchell – Mitchell cut his list to 5 on Sunday: Louisville, Villanova, FSU, Boston College, and Providence. It is always big news when you make the final 5, but the even bigger news here is the absence of Kansas and UNC. Both came after Mitchell hard in recent weeks but now the Cards look like the lone top tier program left in the race. Providence has spent the most time on Mitchell. The Friers had a coach at every single game the 6’3 point guard played this summer. Mitchell will take an unofficial visit to Villanova today (Monday) before heading to Louisville on Thursday for an official. Nova seems to be in much better position than most think, but look for Pitino and company to try to lock this one up this week if possible. -Steve Rummage

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CSZ Basketball Recruiting Notebook 7/28/14

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By Justin Renck and Steve Rummage:

A few weeks ago we started a new weekly series that will update you on where the Cards stand with their top basketball recruiting targets for the class of 2015. We release a new post every Monday and give any updates there may be. Rather than talk about every recruit out there that Louisville has just talked to or looked at, we will focus on the main guys that the Cards are going after and have a shot at landing. So you can get familiar with these names and not have to worry about 20 different players to learn about.

With the July evaluation period coming to a close, this past week brought us some updates. Enjoy this week’s notebook!
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Thursday’s thoughts on AAU Nationals (Antonio Blakeney)

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When 5 star SG Antonio Blakeney received an offer from UK earlier this month some wondered if Rick Pitino would back off and move on. Today Pitino answered that question with a resounding NO! Pitino was front and center for all three of Blakeney’s games today and the 6’4 SG did not disappoint.

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Blakeney flirted with a triple double in game one before ending with 25 points, 10 rebounds, and 7 assist. While shooting around before game two I let Blakeney know just how close he was to the triple double to which he responded with a smile “I’ll get it this game”. Blakeney then took a few minutes to chat with current Louisville SG Terry Rozier. Over 3 games today Blakeney went for 60 plus points and showed the smooth stroke that has #CardNation hoping when it’s all said and done he’s in Red and Black.

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CSZ Basketball Recruiting Notebook 7/21/14

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By Justin Renck and Steve Rummage:

A few weeks ago we started a new weekly series that will update you on where the Cards stand with their top basketball recruiting targets for the class of 2015. We release a new post every Monday and give any updates there may be. Rather than talk about every recruit out there that Louisville has just talked to or looked at, we will focus on the main guys that the Cards are going after and have a shot at landing. So you can get familiar with these names and not have to worry about 20 different players to learn about.

With the July evaluation period in full swing, this past week brought us a good amount of updates to the notebook. The Cards have landed two commits so far, and spent a lot of time watching some of the top guards in the class. Enjoy this week’s notebook!

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Isaiah Bricsoe – Briscoe continued to show why he is a 5-star PG this week, leading his team to the Peach Jam Championship. Briscoe really is the total package when it comes to playing the point guard position. Arizona and Louisville still look like the favorites to land Briscoe. This week Briscoe had this to say about the Cards to Adam Zagoria. “[Pitino] is a Hall of Fame coach. From what I hear, he lets his guards go. I can see that he runs a three-guard offense, lot of pick-and-rolls and things like that. I just want to go somewhere where I can play my game.”  Pitino spent a lot of time watching Briscoe this week and left no doubt that the Cards are VERY interested in him. Briscoe told Steve Jones of the Courier Journal that the Cards played his style of play, so are the feelings mutual? Most are pegging Briscoe to Arizona but if Allonzo Trier were to pop for the Wildcats, keep a very close eye on Briscoe. -Steve Rummage

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Summer Thoughts

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So this has been one interesting summer. I have been swamped with work (a good thing) and we are now in the ACC! I am so excited about that part. The purgatory known as the AAC is over and now it is on to the next chapter of our greatness….the A-C-C

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It’s so pretty….

Well let’s go over some things that have happened this summer. Teddy signed with the Vikings, Pryor with the Jets, Smith with the Eagles, Philon with the Steelers, Copeland with the Jags and Perry with the Bears. A pretty eventful summer for the former football Cards. We are all so very proud.

The Baseball team also had a crazy amount of signees to MLB teams. We definitely lost a ton of talent

Congrats to those guys as well…..

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AAU Nationals are almost upon us! July 22-26th

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The AAU Nationals will be coming to Louisville July 22-26th this year. The event will be held in the Kentucky Expo Center and will feature many of Louisville’s top targets. CSZ has learned 5 Star SG Antonio Blakeney will be one of those targets. This will be a great annual event for the city and for Louisville Basketball recruiting.

From AAU website:

“The City of Louisville along with the Kentucky Exposition Center are proud to host the AAU Division I 10th & 11th Grade National Championships, the AAU 10th Grade Super Showcase – Gold Division, the AAU 11th Grade Super Showcase –Gold Division and the AAU 12th Grade National Championship. Games will be played July 23rd – 28th at the Kentucky Exposition Center.”

For more info on the AAU Nationals follow @AAU_Basketball

Also visit AAUBoysBasketball.org

 

CSZ Basketball Recruiting Notebook 7/7/14

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By Justin Renck and Steve Rummage:

Last week we started a new weekly series that will update you on where the Cards stand with their top basketball recruiting targets for the class of 2015. We plan to release a new post every Monday and give any updates there may be. Rather than talk about every recruit out there that Louisville has just talked to or looked at, we will focus on the main guys that the Cards are going after and have a shot at landing. So you can get familiar with these names and not have to worry about 20 different players to learn about.

There weren’t any major changes in the past week, but there are still some updates. The month of July should bring us plenty of new information with AAU season in full swing. There are major camps such as the LeBron James Skills Academy, Peach Jam, and AAU Nationals, which are held in Louisville this year.

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Antonio Blakeney mixtape from NBA Top 100 Camp

Here is the latest Antonio Blakeney mixtape from courtsidefilms.com. This was at the NBA Top 100 Camp. Blakeney is a 5-star shooting guard from Orlando, Florida. If you didn’t already know or haven’t kept up with CSZ recruiting posts, Louisville fans will want to pay attention to this name.

CSZ Basketball Recruiting Notebook 6/30/14

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By Justin Renck and Steve Rummage:

We are excited to begin a new weekly series that will update you on where the Cards stand with their top basketball recruiting targets for the class of 2015. The plan is to release a new post every Monday and give any updates there may be. Rather than talk about every recruit out there that Louisville has just talked to or looked at, we will focus on the main guys that the Cards are going after and have a shot at landing. So you can get familiar with these names and not have to worry about 20 different players to learn about. Hope you enjoy, here we go…

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Rivals releases updated basketball prospect rankings

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Rivals just released their latest Top 150 with updating prospect rankings for college basketball recruits. There are plenty of Louisville targets on that list, and here they are:

Overall rank in parentheses

(5) Cheick Diallo – 5* Center

(7) Stephen Zimmerman – 5* Center

(9) Carlton Bragg – 5* Power Forward

(10) Ray Smith – 5* Small Forward

(12) Allonzo Trier – 5* Shooting Guard

(13) Isaiah Briscoe – 5* Point Guard

(16) Antonio Blakeney – 5* Shooting Guard

(18) Tyler Dorsey – 5* Point Guard

(22) Dwayne Bacon – 5* Small Forward

(25) Brandon Ingram – 5* Small Forward

(33) Derrick Jones – 4* Small Forward

(47) Deng Adel – 4* Small Forward

(69) Raymond Spalding – 4* Power Forward

(77) Bryant Crawford – 4* Point Guard

 

New Antonio Blakeney highlights and interview from NBPA Top 100 Camp

Today our guys at Courtside Films released a new highlight of top Louisville target Antonio Blakeney from this past weeks NBPA Top 100 camp. Blakeney can flat out play and would be a monster addition for Pitino.

3 UofL basketball targets make USA Men’s U18 National Team (1 surprising cut)

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Coach Billy Donovan (Florida) made his final cut down to 12 for the final USA Men’s U18 National Team and a few Louisville Targets made the list. 2015 PG Isaiah Briscoe,2015 SG Allonzo Trier, and 2015 Center Stephen Zimmerman all made the final roster and all are in the mix with the Cards. While Trier and Briscoe have not set up visits to Louisville at this time, Zimmerman will be on campus September 26th.

The most surprising news may not be who made it. but who didn’t. 2015 SG Antonio Blakeney did not make the final team. It has been believed for a long time that Louisville and Billy Donovan’s Florida Gators have been the leaders for Blakeney. Will Donovan cutting Blakeney have any effect? That I don’t know but I can’t imagine this could be anything but good for the Cards.

Full Roster

Isaiah Briscoe G 6-3 200 04/13/96 2015 Roselle Catholic H.S. Union, NJ
Jaylen Brown F 6-6 200 10/24/96 2015 Wheeler H.S. Alpharetta, GA
Jalen Brunson G 6-1 180 08/31/96 2015 Adlai E. Stevenson H.S. Lincolnshire, IL
Stanley Johnson F 6-7 226 05/29/96 2014 Mater Dei H.S./*Arizona Fullerton, CA
Tyus Jones G 6-1 180 05/10/96 2014 Apple Valley H.S./*Duke Apple Valley, MN
Luke Kennard G 6-5 180 06/24/96 2015 Franklin H.S./#Duke Franklin, OH
Tyler Lydon F 6-9 200 04/09/96 2015 New Hampton School/#Syracuse Elizaville, NY
Dwayne Morgan F 6-8 190 01/29/96 2014 St. Francis Academy/*UNLV Baltimore, MD
Allonzo Trier G 6-5 190 01/17/96 2015 Montrose Christian Seattle, WA
Myles Turner C 6-11 225 03/24/96 2014 Trinity H.S./*Texas Bedford, TX
Justise Winslow F 6-6 210 03/26/96 2014 St. John’s School /*Duke Houston, TX
Stephen Zimmerman C 6-11 214 09/09/96 2015 Bishop Gorman H.S. Las Vegas, NV
Head Coach: Billy Donovan, University of Florida
Assistant Coach: Ed Cooley, Providence College
Assistant Coach: Sean Miller, University of Arizona
Athletic Trainer: Jarrett Schweim, University of Central Florida

New Antonio Blakeney Mixtape from EYBL

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Another great video from JMBV. This one is the latest mixtape of 5-star shooting guard Antonio Blakeney. He is a big time target for Louisville in the 2015 class.

Isaiah Briscoe vs Antonio Blakeney (UofL targets) Mixtape

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Two big time targets for Louisville’s 2015 recruiting class squared off this past weekend at the EYBL in Minneapolis, Minnesota. A couple of five-star shooting guards, Isaiah Briscoe and Antonio Blakeney went head to head, and our guy Justin from JMBV was there to capture all the action and he put together this mixtape. It would be great if the Cards can land one (or both) of these guys. Enjoy!

Recruit to Watch: SG Antonio Blakeney

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Antonio Blakeney

Class of 2015

6’4   170 lbs

Orlando, Florida

Twitter: @blakeney96

College List: Louisville, Florida, Kansas, North Carolina, Florida State, Missouri, Marquette, Kansas State, Clemson, and many more.

ESPN: 5-star player. 16th overall player in the country. 5th best shooting guard in the country. Top player overall in Florida.

Scout: 4-star player. 39th overall player in the country. 9th best shooting guard in the country.

247 Sports: 5-star player. 20th overall player in the country. 3rd best shooting guard in the country. 2nd best player in Florida.

Rivals: 4-star player. 29th overall player in the country.

Antonio Blakeney is definitely one for fans to keep their eye on. Although he has offers from all over the country, Louisville is absolutely in the mix for him. A couple of weeks ago, it looked like it was down to just Louisville and Florida. Then the Gators got a commitment from 5-star shooting guard Kevaughn Allen. His high school coach said at the time that if Blakeney had to choose then, it would have been Louisville. But he wants to take his time and go through the recruiting process, so we don’t know when he will make his choice.

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