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VJ King highlight videos

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VJ King made it official and signed with the Cards yesterday. If you would like, check out a few highlight videos of him. King is a 5-star small forward that is a big get for Rick Pitino and Louisville.

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VJ King and Frankie Hughes sign with Louisville

Photo: Syracuse.com

Photo: Syracuse.com

It took a little longer than some expected or wanted, but both VJ King and Frankie Hughes are now officially Louisville Cardinals. Hughes sent in his letter of intent early in the day. King made us wait until about 8:30 pm on Wednesday night.

Hughes is a 3-star guard that committed to Louisville just as all of the recent scandal stuff was heating up. He chose the Cards over Wisconsin on a day where I said “Oh yeah, I am sure we will get a basketball commit today” in a slightly sarcastic tone. The 6’4 Hughes is from Garfield Heights, Ohio and attends the same high school that Terry Rozier went to.

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Quick notes on De’Aaron Fox official visit

Photo: Scout.com

Photo: Scout.com

This past weekend, Louisville hosted a major prospect on campus as 5-star point guard De’Aaron Fox made an official visit. Jeff Greer of the Courier-Journal spoke to his high school coach and got a feel for how the visit went. Here are just a few quick hitters from Greer’s column, which you can read here.

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5-star PG visiting Louisville this weekend

Photo: Scout.com

Photo: Scout.com

One of the nation’s top point guards in the class of 2016 is on UofL’s campus this weekend, and he has Louisville’s only commit with him. De’Aaron Fox, a five-star point guard on all four major recruiting sites, is taking an official visit this weekend while Cards’ commit V.J. King is here on an unofficial visit. It is believed that King is here on an unofficial because Fox asked that he be on campus when he is.

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5-star Power Forward will officially visit Louisville

Photo: 247 Sports

Photo: 247 Sports

High school kids only get to take five official visits to colleges when they are deciding where to go. So if a big-time prospect uses one of those five visits on your school, you are right there in the mix. T.J. Leaf, a five-star power forward on all four major recruiting sites, will take an official visit to Louisville on the weekend of October 2. Rick Pitino and Kenny Johnson met with Leaf and his family for an in-home visit on Tuesday evening, and parlayed that into an official visit for Leaf.

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5-star SG Markelle Fultz will visit Louisville this week

Markelle Fultz

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Markelle Fultz is a consensus 5-star shooting guard on the four major recruiting sites, and he will officially visit the Louisville Cardinals on Wednesday, August 5. Fultz has set two official visits so far, Louisville and Arizona. He will visit Arizona on August 8. Players only get five official visits, so this is pretty big.

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Maverick Rowan commits to NC State

Photo: 247 Sports

Photo: 247 Sports

Finally! We expected this for a while, and now it is official. So if you hadn’t already moved on from Maverick, you can go ahead and do so and join the rest of us. But judging by the majority of comments anytime I have posted about him lately, you already have. So this is just putting the nail in the coffin.

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Rummage & Renck Recruiting Rankings: 7/25/15 10:00 a.m.

Photo: Tim Haag

Photo: Tim Haag

Steve and I have decided to add a little bit to the recruiting posts this year. Instead of just posting the weekly notebook on Mondays, we will also post these rankings, which can be updated at any time of any day. This is kind of our version of what some would call their “big board.” In the ever changing world of college basketball recruiting, there was just too much change from week to week to only put out updates on Mondays. Now you will have this ongoing update as well as the usual Monday notebook, that will come with more detail on the players.

These rankings will not reflect how good we think each player is, but rather what we think the chances are that they end up at UofL. So the higher we have the player on the list, the more of a chance we see that he ends up at Louisville. Keep in mind, there aren’t many open scholarships at all. V.J. King has one, and that leaves only two more.

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Maverick Rowan says “decision coming soon”

Photo: 247 Sports

Photo: 247 Sports

I don’t know what “soon” means to Maverick Rowan. I don’t know how long a week is for Maverick. What I do know is that he tweeted three different jersey numbers that he could wear in college, and then said that a decision is coming soon. Take all of this however you want to. I am simply passing along the info.

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Cardinal Sports Zone radio show: 7/18/15

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Today on the show, Steve and I obviously talked a lot about Jawon Pass. Woody Womack from Rivals.com joined us in the second segment to talk more about Pass and if Auburn or Alabama really did want him. We then got random and talked Harvey Updyke, Toomer’s Corner, Maverick Rowan, and more. Click below to listen!

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Rummage & Renck Recruiting Rankings: 7/15/15 8:30 a.m.

Photo: Tim Haag

Photo: Tim Haag

Steve and I have decided to add a little bit to the recruiting posts this year. Instead of just posting the weekly notebook on Mondays, we will also post these rankings, which can be updated at any time of any day. This is kind of our version of what some would call their “big board.” In the ever changing world of college basketball recruiting, there was just too much change from week to week to only put out updates on Mondays. Now you will have this ongoing update as well as the usual Monday notebook, that will come with more detail on the players.

These rankings will not reflect how good we think each player is, but rather what we think the chances are that they end up at UofL. So the higher we have the player on the list, the more of a chance we see that he ends up at Louisville. Keep in mind, there aren’t many open scholarships at all. V.J. King has one, and that leaves only two more, which brings me to my next point…

These current rankings are based on the current situation. Maverick Rowan is not a Louisville Cardinal at the moment, so these rankings reflect the situation as it is. If Maverick commits to UofL, these rankings probably change.

Our biggest mover on our latest list is point guard Payton Pritchard, who was just offered a scholarship by the Cards after impressing the staff this past weekend. He recently decommitted from Oklahoma, and Louisville was recruiting him before he ever committed there, so this isn’t a brand new recruitment.

Because of that, we had to remove somebody, and we went with Josh Jackson, but we will continue to monitor him and if there is reason to put him back in the top 10, we certainly will.

So without anymore explanation, here is how we have ranked the top 10 guys on who may get those last two scholarships (two for now).

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Rummage & Renck Recruiting Rankings: 7/13/15 6:30 p.m.

Photo: Tim Haag

Photo: Tim Haag

Cheesy name? Absolutely. Me caring? Nope.

If you didn’t hear us talk about it on 93.9 The Ville this past Saturday, Steve and I have decided to add a little bit to the recruiting posts this year. Instead of just posting the weekly notebook on Mondays, we will also post these rankings, which can be updated at any time of any day. This is kind of our version of what some would call their “big board.” In the ever changing world of college basketball recruiting, there was just too much change from week to week to only put out updates on Mondays. Now you will have this ongoing update as well as the usual Monday notebook, that will come with more detail on the players.

These rankings will not reflect how good we think each player is, but rather what we think the chances are that they end up at UofL. So the higher we have the player on the list, the more of a chance we see that he ends up at Louisville. Keep in mind, there aren’t many open scholarships at all. V.J. King has one, and that leaves only two more, which brings me to my next point…

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CSZ Basketball Recruiting Notebook: 7/13/15

Photo: Tim Haag

Photo: Tim Haag

Here we go, the first official CSZ Basketball Recruiting Notebook of the 2016 recruiting season! A few days ago, I posted a preliminary one with just the list of names that would likely be in this first notebook. Just kind of something to get you informed on the players and what was to come. Now it is time to give a little more information on each of the targets for UofL and where the Cards stand with some of them.

If you kept up with us last year, you know that this is still pretty early in the recruiting season. As time goes on, things will begin to take shape and pictures will become clear. Players will commit to schools and be removed from the list, and things will start to narrow down. For example, there are already a couple of players that will be on this first list, and that is likely it for him unless something drastically changes.

At the time of posting this, Louisville has three scholarships for 2016. V.J. King has one of them. If Maverick Rowan commits to UofL and will be in 2015, then that will mean that there are only two for next season, with King having one. So that would mean there is only one more spot to fill. So that stuff will depend on what happens with Maverick Rowan, quite possibly this week.

Steve Rummage and I have split up the list and will each give our insight into those players. Hope you enjoy!

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CSZ Basketball Recruiting Notebook: 7/10/15

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It’s that time of year again! Last year around this time, we began a series called the CSZ Basketball Recruiting Notebook and released a new one every Monday, and that is the plan once again. Obviously it’s not Monday now, but this is just a little preview of what’s to come.

Every Monday, Steve Rummage and I will post a notebook that updates you on where the Cards stand with their top basketball recruits. We are also going to try out a little something new this year, and that will be a separate post from the Monday notebook. There won’t be a set schedule for it. It can be posted at anytime of the day. We will explain that a little more on this Saturday’s Cardinal Sports Zone show on 93.9 The Ville from 10-11 a.m..

For this first notebook, I will give you a vague list of the guys that Louisville is targeting in the 2016 class. As of right now, the Cards have two open spots in the 2016 class, with V.J. King being a commit already and having the third scholarship. However, with the recent news that Maverick Rowan is back on the radar, if he ends up at UofL for 2015, then there will only be one other spot for 2016, unless something changes.

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Maverick Rowan has a new top 4; Cards included

Photo: 247 Sports

Photo: 247 Sports

Not going to do a long post about this one. Just going to leave this tweet here and you can make of it what you will.

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Quentin Goodin has new top 5; Cards not in it

Photo: ESPN.com

Photo: ESPN.com

Taylor County High School 4-star guard Quentin Goodin (class of 2016) recently released a top 5 list that was Louisville, Western Kentucky, Xavier, Florida, and Miami. Now it appears that the Cards are out of the mix, and Michigan is in.

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Maverick Rowan down to three schools; Cards not included

Photo: Rivals.com

Photo: Rivals.com

I guess there never really is a sure thing, especially in recruiting. I, for one, was certain that if 4-star small forward Maverick Rowan were to reclassify to 2015, you could book it that he would be a Louisville Cardinal. Then it was announced that he was enrolled in the classes that would allow him to graduate and be in the 2015 class, and suddenly something had happened and either the Cards were no longer recruiting Rowan, or Rowan was not interested in UofL anymore. It doesn’t really matter which is true; that is secondary at this point.

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Quentin Goodin narrows his list to five

Photo: Kentucky.com

Photo: Kentucky.com

Quentin Goodin is a 4-star combo guard in the class of 2016 that plays for Taylor County High School in Campbellsville, Kentucky. On Tuesday, he released his top five schools: Louisville, Florida, Xavier, Miami, and Western Kentucky.

Standing around 6’3 and 180 lbs, Goodin is considered to be a top 100 player in the country in his class according to all four major recruiting sites. He has been on the radar for the Cards for quite some time now.

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Has the Louisville/Maverick Rowan ship sailed?

Photo: 247 Sports

Photo: 247 Sports

Count me in as someone who thought that if Maverick Rowan were to reclassify to 2015, the Louisville Cardinals were a sure thing to land the 6’7 sharp shooter. When the news broke last night that Rowan was, in fact, enrolled in classes that would allow him to reclassify, I thought it was only a matter of time before Rowan joined the recruiting class for the Cards.

Not so fast my friend…

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Maverick Rowan will reclassify to class of 2015

Photo: Rivals.com

Photo: Rivals.com

Never a dull moment, huh? It looks like the last big name that Louisville fans have been keeping an eye on, Maverick Rowan, is enrolled in the summer classes that will allow him to graduate and re-classify to the class of 2015.

Rowan is a 4-star small forward on all four major recruiting sites. He is listed at 6’7 and is from Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Evan Daniels of Scout.com has more on Rowan:

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