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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!

Point Guard

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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Photo: mcclellandmiscellanea.wordpress.com

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.

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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Photo: 247sports

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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5-star SF Ray Smith cuts his list to 9 schools

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247 Sports

5-star small forward Ray Smith (Class of 2015) just cut his list down to 9 schools, and Louisville is still in the mix. From his top 10 that he released in the middle of May, he dropped Oregon and Wake Forest but added UConn. ESPN ranks him as the 3rd best small forward in the class and the 26th best player overall. 247 Sports is similar, having him as the 5th best small forward and 24th best player in the class.

He is from Las Vegas, NV and is listed at 6’7 and 185 lbs.

Smith will be visiting Louisville sometime in the fall, but he told CSZ that he has to talk to Coach Wyking Jones to figure out the date that he will be here.

Louisville offers 5-star SG/SF Tyus Battle

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Photo: 247 Sports

According to Andrew Slater of 247 Sports, the Louisville Cardinals have offered a scholarship to 5-star shooting guard/small forward Tyus Battle. He is in the class of 2016 and is from Edison, New Jersey. He is listed at 6’5 and 190 lbs.

Battle visited UofL on Monday and obviously that visit went well. Since April 28, he has received offers from Louisville, Michigan, Florida, Wake Forest, and Maryland. He also holds offers from Syracuse, Indiana, UConn, Ohio State, Virginia, and many more. As of right now, Syracuse seems to be the leader. 

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