Rick Pitino just wrapped up his press conference where he talked about new transfer Damion Lee, new assistant Ralph Willard, and the Cards’ trip to Puerto Rico this summer. He obviously said a lot of things worth mentioning, but one thing near the end seemed to stick out when talking about the offense.
The future Louisville Cardinals played on the White team on Saturday night in the Derby Festival Basketball Classic at Freedom Hall. The team did not get the win, but the future Cards certainly did their part. Donovan Mitchell led all scorers with 21 points and had 6 steals. Deng Adel also had a very good game with 20 points and 9 rebounds. Check out the rest of the box score below.
Here is a video from Friday night’s events at New Albany High School. Before tonight’s Derby Festival Basketball Classic, there is the Night of the Future Stars with a dunk contest, three point contest, and more competitions. The finals for the dunk and three point contests will be tonight at Freedom Hall at halftime of the game. Both events will have a future Louisville Cardinal in them.
Donovan Mitchell will be in the finals of the dunk contest along with Justin Simon (Arizona) and Danjel Purifoy (Auburn). Ryan McMahon will be in the finals of the three point contest with Matt Ryan (Notre Dame), Brandon Sampson (St. John’s), and Diamond Stone (Maryland).
This first video pretty much summarizes all of it for the future Cards. It is from TheCardinalsBeak.com.
It is no secret that the Louisville Cardinals will look much different in the 2015-16 season. Personally, I am very excited for it and to see this team of mostly young guys develop and have their own identity. There are still a couple of spots left to fill for the Cards, and I will give a little update on where things stand. About a week and a half ago, Steve posted a list of potential transfers that UofL could bring in. Trey Lewis was first on the list, and of course we know he will be a Cardinal. So this is really the first update we have posted since then.
If you are wondering how UofL has so much room for all of these guys, here is why. In all, there are seven open spots to fill due to the departures of Wayne Blackshear, Terry Rozier, Montrezl Harrell, Chris Jones, Shaqquan Aaron, Anton Gill, and Akoy Agau. Five of those have already been filled by Donovan Mitchell, Deng Adel, Raymond Spalding, Ryan McMahon, and Trey Lewis. So there are two spots left. Who are the biggest names to fill those spots right now?
What we had been hoping for is now official, and that is that Cleveland State’s Trey Lewis has officially decided to transfer to the University of Louisville to play his final college basketball season for Rick Pitino in 2015-16. It was supposed to be down to Louisville and Ohio State, but the Cards won this battle without Lewis taking his planned visit to see his hometown Buckeyes. That is pretty nice.
Lewis is listed at 6’2 and 185 lbs. He can play either guard position. That will give the Cards a very good three man rotation between both guard spots with Lewis, Quentin Snider, and Donovan Mitchell. So looking at it like that, you were going to have a backcourt with a sophomore and a freshman playing the bulk of the minutes. Now you throw a senior into the mix to bring experience, not to mention he is just a solid basketball player.
There have been just a couple of updates since the rosters came out, and with the game being this week, I figured it wouldn’t hurt to post it again.
The Derby Festival Basketball Classic will be held this Saturday, April 11 at 7:00 at Freedom Hall. You have the chance to come out and see some of the best high school basketball players in the country compete in this All-Star game. So you are just a Louisville fan and that is all you care about, what’s in it for you? Well, all four players that are committed to Louisville (3 have signed) will be playing in this game. So yes, you get to see Donovan Mitchell, Deng Adel, Raymond Spalding, and Ryan McMahon.
Donovan Mitchell comes in around the 50 second mark. These kids make it look like they are dunking on an 8 foot goal. Just crazy.
The rosters for this year’s Derby Festival Basketball Classic have been announced, and fans of the Louisville Cardinals should be ready to buy their tickets. Donovan Mitchell, Deng Adel, Raymond Spalding, and Ryan McMahon will all be participating in this year’s game.
Mitchell, Adel, and Spalding are all signed and McMahon is a commit. If you kept up with our recruiting notebooks a few months ago, a lot of these names will look familiar as Louisville was recruiting some of them.
The game will be played Saturday April 11, 2015 at 7:00 at the world famous Freedom Hall.
There is no doubt that when Donovan Mitchell steps foot on UofL’s campus, he will be bringing a winning mentality. Not that this program is necessarily lacking that, but at least he will fit right in when it comes to that sort of thing.
Louisville commit Donovan Mitchell ask his Brewster Academy teacher to not use blue pens on his paper and stick to solely red. I think Donovan understands this rivalry:
Mitchell tagged fellow 2015 commits Ray Spalding and Deg Adel in the post. I’m already starting to love this class!
ESPN.com has updated their top 100 college basketball recruiting rankings for the class of 2015. The 4 commitments for the Louisville Cardinals are all in the top 51. Here is how they are ranked in the latest rankings on ESPN…
And also, the Cards also have the #1 class in the country according to ESPN.
With the recent commitment of Antonio Blakeney to Louisville, the Cards have put together what will be one of the best classes in the country. Here is how each player is rated on each of the major recruiting sites, along with highlights of each player.
SG Antonio Blakeney
6’4 170 lbs
247 Sports: 5*
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 we have a big target who was scheduled to visit, but now will push that back. But on the flip side, another 5-star guard will be in town this coming weekend!
Donovan Mitchell (Commit) – It has been fun watching Mitchell’s rise from sleeper to star. At last week’s Elite 24 game the 6’3 guard added to that status. Mitchell finished 3rd in the Elite 24 dunk contest and completely stole the show with this dunk that made the ESPN SportsCenter top 10:
As far as recruiting goes, Mitchell seems to be recruiting PJ Dozier, Derrick Jones, and Antonio Blakeney to Louisville with him. Mitchell has a close friendship with Jones and Dozier, but is intrigued with playing along side a guard with the talent of Blakeney. One thing for sure is which ever guard ends up grabbing that last scholarship is sure to have an absolute stud (Mitchell) playing beside them. -Steve Rummage
Our guys at Courtside Films are back with another great mix tape. The Cards look like they may have gotten the steal of the 2015 class with Donovan Mitchell. Sit back and enjoy! #L1C4
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!
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
On top of being named to the Elite 24 roster last week, it was announced that Louisville Commit Donovan Mitchell would also be playing in the Nike Global Challenge. Mitchell will play on the East team along with Louisville SG Target Prince Ali. Mitchell tweeted earlier today that his game tomorrow can be viewed on the Nike EBYL website at 11:00 EST.
If you were on twitter last night, you probably kept reading about how new Louisville basketball commit Donovan Mitchell had some crazy dunk that “shut down” the famous Rucker Park. Video has finally surfaced of that dunk from the Reebok Breakout Classic. Now while you have seen Montrezl Harrell try to rip off rims for 2 years now, your dunking standards may be pretty high. Keep in mind that Mitchell hasn’t even started his senior year of high school yet. This is pretty impressive!
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.
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!
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