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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

93.9 The Ville

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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5-Star Small Forward Commits to Louisville!

Photo: ny2lasports.com

Photo: ny2lasports.com

The Louisville Cardinals just got some great news as V.J. King, a 6’7 5-star small forward in the class of 2016, committed to the Cards. King is a 5-star player on all four major recruiting sites. I posted about a month ago that King was a “recruit to watch” for Louisville fans, which means there was a good chance he would commit. If you read that, you got to know a little more about him. If not, I will list some things below about where he ranks on different sites.

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Louisville Basketball Adds Walk-On for 2015-16 Season

Photo: cbssports.com

Photo: cbssports.com

According to Jody Demling, the Louisville Cardinals have added combo guard Jay Henderson to the roster for the upcoming season. Henderson is a former walk-on who redshirted last season at St. John’s. When head coach Steve Lavin was fired, Henderson looked for somewhere else to go.

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Basketball Recruit to Watch: V.J. King

Photo: Syracuse.com

Photo: Syracuse.com

V.J. King is a 6’7 small forward in the class of 2016. He visited the Cards last weekend and by all accounts, it sounds like the visit went well and that UofL is in a great spot with him. He recently narrowed his choices down to five: Louisville, Kentucky, UConn, Arizona, and Virginia.

One reason that Louisville is in such a good spot with King is Kenny Johnson. Johnson once coached King’s current high school, Paul VI, and King plays for Johnson’s former AAU team, Team Takeover.

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Five-Star SF V.J. King Cuts List to Five

Photo: scarletbuckeye.com

Photo: scarletbuckeye.com

A few days ago, we told you that 5-star small forward V.J. King (class of 2016) would be visiting Louisville on May 19. Yesterday, King trimmed his list down to five schools, and the Cardinals made the cut.

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Five-Star Small Forward Will Visit Louisville

Photo: ny2lasports.com

Photo: ny2lasports.com

This past weekend was a big one on the basketball recruiting front. Of course, the Cards don’t have many scholarships over the next couple of years, so you won’t hear too many names that they are going after. However, the weekend did produce the news that a 5-star small forward in the class of 2016 will be taking an official visit to Louisville.

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