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CSZ Basketball Recruiting Notebook 8/25/14

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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 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!

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Donovan Mitchell 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

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Antonio Blakeney to visit Louisville Labor Day Weekend

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Well Rick Pitino will still be hosting a big-time recruit on Labor Day Weekend, but just not the one we expected. Perry Dozier was supposed to be making an official visit, but he has pushed back all of his visits and will likely check out UofL on October 3rd. However, 5-star shooting guard Antonio Blakeney will be on campus this weekend at UofL.

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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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One guard down, One to go! Louisville Lands 2015 PG Donovan Mitchell

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Rick Pitino just landed a commitment from his guy when 4-star PG/SG Donovan Mitchell committed to Louisville. The 6’3 180 lb guard cut his list down to 5: Louisville, FSU, Providence, Boston College, and Villanova before choosing the Cards. There may not have been a player this summer gain more than Mitchell. Mitchell was an under the radar guy this spring, but it didn’t take long for the likes of Louisville, Kansas, Florida, UCONN, and UNC to pursue the explosive guard. Mitchell may very well be a 5-star player when it is all said and done.

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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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Perry Dozier names top 5; Louisville makes it

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Photo: 247 Sports

Perry Dozier  (Class of 2015) is a 6’6 guard from Columbia, South Carolina. He is listed as a shooting guard and a point guard, depending on what site you look at. He is a 5-star player on both ESPN and 247, and a 4-star player on Rivals and Scout.

He just released his top 5 schools, and Louisville made the cut along with North Carolina, Georgetown, South Carolina, and Michigan. He says he will take official visits to all 5 schools. *UPDATE* Per multiple outlets Dozier will visit Louisville August 31st. (Week of the Miami game)

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Donovan Mitchell cuts his list to 10

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Photo: 247 Sports

Not many players have had a better summer than 2015 SG/PG Donovan Mitchell. The 6’3 guard has seen his stock skyrocket, landing 10 offers alone since June 7. Although Providence has been recruiting him the longest, the Louisville Cardinals appear to be in a very good spot with Mitchell. On Thursday morning, he released his list of 10 schools.

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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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Raymond Spalding commits to Louisville!

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Photo: 247Sports

Raymond Spalding has just become the 2nd commitment in the class of 2015 for Rick Pitino and the Cards. The power forward from right here in town (Trinity High School) is listed at 6’9 and 200 lbs and he is a 4-star prospect across the four major recruiting sites. He chose the Cards over Indiana and Xavier. Duke had also started to show interest as of late.

Throughout this summer and the AAU season, Spalding has seen his stock rise. He was on the radar for the Cards of course, but he wasn’t thought to be a front-runner in the minds of the coaches. Even when he visited in June and left campus with an offer, you got the feeling that 5-star Stephen Zimmerman was still option #1 and Spalding may be the backup plan.

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Pitino and staff watched multiple prospects Wednesday

Aric Holman (Photo: 247 Sports)

Aric Holman (Photo: 247 Sports)

With the July evaluation period in full swing, there is always some kind of recruiting news going on. This isn’t going to be as detailed as the weekly notebook that we put out on Monday’s (which you should check out), but it will just be some quick-hitters to update you on who Coach Pitino and his staff (Kenny Johnson and Wyking Jones) watched on Wednesday evening while they were at the Under Armour event in Georgia.

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Deng Adel commits to Louisville!

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Photo: ausahoops.com

The Cards have just gotten their first basketball commit for the 2015 class! Deng Adel, the 6’7 small forward, has pledged his commitment according to Evan Daniels.

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Louisville offers 4-star PG/SG Donovan Mitchell

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The July evaluation period is in full swing with AAU events across the country right now. According to Adam Zagoria of ZagsBlog.com, Louisville has offered 4-star point guard/shooting guard Donovan Mitchell. He got the offer while playing in the Reebok Classic Breakout in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He is 6’3 and plays for Brewster Academy in New Hampshire.

Mitchell said that he definitely plans to visit Louisville. He also got an offer from Memphis yesterday. Other than Louisville and Memphis, some of Mitchell’s other offers include: UConn, Indiana, Creighton, Marquette, Cincinnati, Maryland, St. John’s, and more.

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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5-star SF Derrick Jones will visit Louisville

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Photo: Paul Burdick/maxpreps.com

According to Adam Zagoria of zagsblog.com, small forward Derrick Jones (Radnor, Pennsylvania) will visit Louisville sometime in August. His AAU coach said that Jones will also visit Kentucky, Kansas, Indiana, and Florida in the same month. This is not necessarily his top 5, as he visited UConn last week and says he enjoyed that trip.

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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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Louisville offers 4-star PG/SG Jalen Adams

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247 Sports

As reported earlier this evening by Evan Daniels of Scout.com, Louisville has offered a scholarship to class of 2015 point guard/shooting guard Jalen Adams. He is 6’2 and a 4-star prospect across all four major recruiting sites. 247 Sports rates him as the 6th best point guard in the class and the 39th best player overall.

The offer from the Cards appears to put them instantly in the top 3 for Adams, along with UConn and Kansas.

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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.

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