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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!

Point Guard

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.

Point Guard

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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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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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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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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Video: Isaiah Briscoe scores 61 in a game

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In his first Tri State Classic appearance this weekend, Louisville recruit Isaiah Briscoe put up 61 points in a game. Although it looks like defense was optional, and maybe even frowned upon, 61 is still impressive. We don’t need this video to know how good of a player he is. He recently cut his list down to 7 and Louisville is still in the mix for him.

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

 

Isaiah Briscoe cuts list to 7; Louisville still in it

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According to Adam Zagoria of zagsblog.com, 5-star point guard Isaiah Briscoe just cut his list down to 7 schools: UConn, Arizona, Louisville, St. John’s, Seton Hall, Villanova, and Rutgers. Zagoria also says that Briscoe will visit Louisville and Arizona this summer and cut his list down to 3 by the end of the summer. He will decide his school by the fall.

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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

Recruit to Watch: PG Bryant Crawford

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Bryant Crawford

Class of 2015

6’2   170 lbs

Washington, D.C.

College List: Louisville (no offer), Villanova, Maryland, Indiana, UConn, Georgetown, Seton Hall, and more.

ESPN: 4-star player. 12th best point guard in the country.

247 Sports: 4-star player. Top player in Washington D.C.. 11th best point guard in the country. 52nd best player overall.

Rivals: 4-star player. 51st best player in the country.

Scout: 4-star player. 5th best point guard in the country. 56th best player overall.

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5-star PG Isaiah Briscoe cutting his list to 8 schools this month

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One of Louisville’s targets in the 2015 class is point guard Isaiah Briscoe from Union, New Jersey. He is 6’3 and 200 lbs and is rated as a 5-star prospect by ESPN, 247 Sports, and Rivals. Scout has him as a 4-star player. According to this post by Adam Zagoria of ZagsBlog.com, Briscoe will cut his list down to 8 schools later this month. He has a busy month of USA Basketball tryouts, so cutting his list may not happen until the end of June.

ESPN ranks him as the 20th best player in the country and the 5th best point guard. 247 Sports has him as the 3rd best point guard. Rivals has him as the 19th best player in the country. Scout has him has the 26th best player and the 7th best point guard in the country.

This previous post from Zagoria says that the schools recruiting Briscoe the hardest are Louisville, Arizona, UConn, Rutgers, Seton Hall, and St. John’s. Also from the article:

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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!

New Isaiah Briscoe highlights (UofL Target)

PG Isaiah Briscoe is one of the top if not the top recruit for the Cards in the class of 2015 and this video will show you why.

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5* Point Guard has Louisville in Top 7

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A 5-star point guard from Newark, New Jersey has named his final 7 schools, and the Louisville Cardinals are in that mix. Isaiah Briscoe, listed at 6’3 and 215 lbs, is the 3rd best point guard in the country according to 247sports. Rivals lists him as the 19th best player overall in the class of 2015.

This is the scouting report on Briscoe from Eric Bossi on Rivals.com: One of the most explosive scorers in the class of 2015. He can play at either the point or the two and is a big and strong backcourt player. At times his shot selection is poor which hurts his percentages some, but he is a skilled scorer who can shoot from deep or attack off the dribble.

His final seven are St. John’s, Rutgers, Seton Hall, Arizona, UConn, Pittsburgh, and Louisville. There is no timetable for Briscoe to make his decision.

 

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