The ACC released their preseason picks for many different categories like Player of the Year, Coach of the Year, how the teams will finish, and more. One positive about the Cards being in the ACC is not having to be in the same conference as UConn. However, Notre Dame is still a very formidable league opponent.
Coach Jeff Walz has his Louisville Cardinals right there on the doorstep of a National Championship. Recruiting has never been better for the women’s basketball team, so things are only getting better. The Cards were picked to finish 3rd in the ACC this season. Here are the rest of the preseason categories.
It is easy to just get wrapped up in the recruiting for men’s basketball and football. And in both of those sports, the Cards are doing very well. However, it is about time to start taking a look at what Jeff Walz is doing for the future of the women’s basketball team. He is putting together a class that will likely be in the top 3, and could possibly be #1 when it’s all said and done. That is pretty good for a team that was playing their home games in Cardinal Arena not too long ago.
ProspectsNation.com is a great resource for women’s basketball recruiting. According to their rankings, the Cards have one 5-star player and four 4-star players in the 2015 class. Asia Durr is obviously the gem of the group, but right now the LOWEST ranked commit is 36th in the country! Pretty impressive.
|Class Year||Overall Rank||Position Rank||Nat’l Rating||Pos||Name||State||HT/PPG||School|
|Brianna Jones||New York||5’9″/||L’ville|
|Samantha Fuehring||New Jersey||6’2″/||L’ville|
ESPN.com also puts together rankings for women’s basketball recruiting. When you look at that, you see that four out of the five commits are 5-stars! Here is how their list looks…
Asia Durr – #2 overall; 5-star player
Taja Cole – #29 overall; 5-star player
Erin DeGrate – #41 overall; 5-star player
Brianna Jones – #43 overall; 5-star player
Samantha Fuehring – #65 overall; 4-star player
All of this is coming on the heels of the 8th ranked class in 2014 according to ESPN. It’s only a matter of time. That National Championship is coming…
Jeff Walz is putting together one heck of a class for the University of Louisville. The latest is 4-star forward Samantha Fuehring, who stands at 6’3. She plays at Immaculate Conception High School in New Jersey and is the 26th best player in the country according to ProspectsNation.com.
In this week’s edition of The Stemmys we touch on recruiting, Louisville Football and fantasy football!
The “Who’d you say can’t recruit?!” Award: Bobby Petrino
All we have heard is how Bobby isn’t getting it done on the recruiting trail. Well he shut that door this week with an emphatic SLAM!! Just this week alone Petrino landed former 4 star All-American WR Paul Harris and went into Bama country to steal 4 star LB Amonte Caban. The Cards now have the #27 class according to Rivals.com. Still say Bobby can’t recruit……….I’ll wait.
The Next Level Moment Award: Jeff Walz landing Asia Durr
This week Louisville Womens Basketball Coach Jeff Walz took the next step to winning a National Title when he landed the Nations #1 player Asia Durr. Walz has had some very talented teams while at Louisville but always seemed to be missing that one piece. Now Walz has that piece and the #1 recruiting class in the Nation. Ah I can see the Banner now.
If you haven’t heard, the nations #1 player Asia Durr is unreal!
Jeff Walz just picked up what some people are saying is his biggest recruit ever! Asia Durr, ranked the #1 player in the country by many scouting services, has committed to Louisville over women’s basketball powerhouses Notre Dame, Baylor, Duke, and Maryland.
Durr is a 5’10 point guard from Douglasville, Georgia. ESPN ranks her as the top point guard in the country and the #2 player overall, and a 5-star player obviously.
As good as she is on the court, it appears Walz is getting one heck of a person off the court too. This from ESPN.com:
In addition, Durr, who carries a 3.2 GPA and is interested in studying sports management, is active in her community.
She has volunteered on behalf of the Shoes For Haiti campaign and has written letters to U.S. troops as part of the Works of Mercy service program. She has helped the homeless, working with the Destiny World Church ministry, and the hungry as part of the Meals on Wheels Association of America.
Jeff Walz has just landed a big time commitment for the class of 2015. Erin DeGrate, a 6’4 (or 6’5 on some sites) center from Waco, Texas, was visiting Louisville this past weekend. She got back home to Texas and made her commitment official to the Cards. ProspectsNation.com ranks her as the 8th best center in the class, and the 36th best player overall.
In the end, DeGrate chose Louisville over offers from Baylor, Tennessee, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, Washington, and Kansas.
According to SwishAppeal.com the #1 player in the nation Asia Durr is one of five visitors on Louisville’s campus this weekend.
Per multiple reports, the nation’s number one prospect, Asia Durr, is visiting Louisville this weekend. Other players that are on official visits with the Cardinals are 6-foot-5 post Erin DeGrate, top-euro guard Angela Salvadores. Current commits Taja Cole and Brianna Jones are in town this weekend as well.
Durr (#1 player) narrowed her list to Louisville, Duke, Baylor, Notre Dame, and Maryland while DeGrate (top 50 player) is looking at Baylor, Kansas, Louisville, Texas Tech, Washington, Tennessee, and Texas A&M.
Asia Durr Mixtape
The WNBA Draft was held Monday night in Uncasville, Connecticut and three Louisville Cardinals were among the 36 players drafted. Shoni Schimmel was picked 8th overall by the Atlanta Dream, which means that she will be on the same team as Angel McCoughtry. If there was ever a WNBA team for the city of Louisville to get behind, I think we have found one in Atlanta.
Just when it looked like Shoni may be the only Card to get drafted, the last two picks were all Louisville. At pick #35, the Los Angeles Sparks drafted Antonita Slaughter. Then to finish the draft with pick #36, the Minnesota Lynx picked up Asia Taylor.
Louisville was the only school to have 3 players get drafted on Monday night.
Press release from UofL:
Louisville, Ky. – Louisville All-American Shoni Schimmel is one of 12 prospects who will attend the WNBA Draft 2014 presented by State Farm, which will be held on Monday, April 14, at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn. Live coverage of the first round will begin on ESPN2 at 8 p.m. ET. Coverage of the second and third rounds will be televised on ESPNU from 9-10:30 p.m.
Joining Schimmel is Baylor’s Odyessey Sims, Stanford’s Chiney Ogwumike, Connecticut’s Stefanie Dolson and Bria Hartley, and Notre Dames’s Natalie Achonwa and guard Kayla McBride. Rounding out the list players are guards Chelsea Gray (Duke), and Meighan Simmons (Tennessee); forwards Natasha Howard (Florida State) and Alyssa Thomas (Maryland); and center Markeisha Gatling (North Carolina State).
The Connecticut Sun holds the top pick in the draft for the second time in franchise history after garnering the top selection in this year’s WNBA Draft Lottery presented by State Farm, which aired on ESPN’s SportsCenter in December. Rounding out this year’s top five picks are the Tulsa Shock (second), San Antonio Stars (third), New York Liberty (fourth), and Indiana Fever (fifth).
Tickets in the upper arena for both games in Sunday’s NCAA Regional semifinal games held at the KFC Yum! Center will be on sale for $10. Top seed Tennessee will face No. 4 seed Maryland at noon, while No. 3 seeded Louisville will face No. 7 seed LSU at approximately 2:30 p.m.
Limited lower-arena seats and terrace seats are still available for $25 to both games, while single game tickets are available for $15.
Tickets can be purchased at the arena box office and through ticketmaster.
|AP Top 25|
|16||North Carolina State||25-7||367|
- Others receiving votes: Chattanooga 48, Oregon State 37, Rutgers 8, Bowling Green 5, Marist 4, Brigham Young 3, James Madison 3, Arizona State 3, St. John’s 2
- Dropped from rankings: Bowling Green 25
Here is the updated Women’s AP poll updated as of 3/10/14:
|AP Top 25|
|16||North Carolina State||25-7||374|
- Others receiving votes: USC 48, Chattanooga 45, Oregon State 35, Brigham Young 15, Rutgers 11, Arizona State 9, UTEP 5, James Madison 3, Marist 3, St. John’s 2, LSU 2
- Dropped from rankings: Rutgers 24
Jeff Walz and the Louisville Cardinals will get another shot at the top ranked and undefeated UConn Huskies on Monday night in the Championship game of the AAC Tournament. Last Monday, UConn defeated Louisville 68-48 at the KFC Yum! Center. Back in February in Storrs, UConn won 81-64. Everyone knows this will be a tall task for the Cards.
“We know in order to beat them we have to play a great game at the defensive end of the floor because they score so well. We’ll have to figure out a way to score. You’ve got to put 70 on the board yourself and I don’t think they’ve allowed 70 all year.”
In their first matchup, UConn’s Breanna Stewart had 24 points and 10 rebounds. A week ago in the last meeting she had 22 points and 14 rebounds. Even with those big numbers, she has only shot a combined 18-41 (43.9%) in those two games. It just seems like the shots that she does hit are at crucial times in the game and they feel bigger.
Here is the video of the Senior Day festivities for the Men’s team for those of you that didn’t get to see it or want to see it again. Enjoy!
Here’s the Women’s:
*Video Courtesy of UofL
Press release from TheAmerican.org
UNCASVILLE, Conn. – The American Athletic Conference announced its annual women’s basketball awards to cap the 2013-14 season and kick off the American Women’s Basketball Championship in Uncasville, Conn., March 7-10.
The All-Conference First Team spans student-athletes from six schools and is highlighted by five players who were unanimous first team selections: Stefanie Dolson (UConn), Bria Hartley (UConn), Breanna Stewart (UConn), Shoni Schimmel (Louisville) and Keena Mays (SMU).
UConn senior Stefanie Dolson earned American Defensive Player of the Year honors while Louisville senior Asia Taylor was chosen as the American Most Improved Player of the Year. Dolson and Louisville redshirt senior Tia Gibbs shared American Sportsmanship Award accolades and Temple junior Rateska Brown was tabbed the American Sixth Player of the Year.
Press release from UofL:
The third ranked Cardinals will host top ranked Connecticut in the KFC Yum! Center on Monday night at 7:00 p.m. The game is part of ESPN’s Big Monday and will air on ESPN2. It can also be heard live on the Cards Radio with Matt Andrews and Adrienne Johnson, carried locally on WKRD 790 AM.
The Cardinals enter the game with an overall record of 28-2 and a league record of 16-1. Tia Gibbs scored 17 points as the Cardinals beat the Bearcats 75-51 Saturday in Fifth Third Arena. Antonita Slaughter added 14 points, Asia Taylor finished with 12 and Shoni Schimmel scored 10, helping keep alive Louisville’s bid for a share of the American Athletic Conference championship.
Louisville is led in scoring by Schimmel, who averages 17.2 points per game. Taylor ranks second on the team in scoring with 11.4 points per game. Sara Hammond rounds out the top scorers with 11.2 points per game. Taylor leads the team in rebounding, grabbing 7.2 boards per game. Hammond is second on the team in rebounding with 6.5 boards per game.
Press release from UofL:
Louisville, Ky. – Louisville head coach Jeff Walz was named an assistant coach for the 2014 USA Basketball Women’s U18 National Team, USA Basketball announced today. Walz will assist head coach Dawn Staley, a three-time Olympic gold medalist and University of South Carolina head coach. Michigan’s Kim Barnes-Arico will also join them on the sideline as an assistant.
The trio will lead the USA at the 2014 FIBA Americas U18 Championship (dates and site TBA), which will feature eight national teams from North, South and Central America and the Caribbean. The top four finishing teams will qualify for the 2015 FIBA U19 World Championship for Women.
“I am honored to have been selected to represent USA basketball as an assistant coach for the U18 Women’s National Team,” Walz said. “Since beginning in this profession, the realization of this endeavor has been a life-long ambition. I am thrilled to be amongst some of the greatest collegiate coaches and hope to contribute both on and off the court. I appreciate USA Basketball for recognizing my passion and will work diligently to help mentor and coach some of the most talented young women in the game.”