Antonio Blakeney is one of the 3 candidates to fill the last scholarship in 2015 for the Cards. This video will explain why.
As most of you know by now I am a HUGE PJ Dozier fan. Take a few minutes to watch this highlight and you will see why he is far and away my choice to fill that last 2015 scholarship for the Cards. At 6’6 Dozier can do it all but it’s his ability to pass the basketball that leaves me saying wow. In the words of Louisville Commit Donovan Mitchell #DozierToTheVille!!
On top of being named to the Elite 24 roster last week, it was announced that Louisville Commit Donovan Mitchell would also be playing in the Nike Global Challenge. Mitchell will play on the East team along with Louisville SG Target Prince Ali. Mitchell tweeted earlier today that his game tomorrow can be viewed on the Nike EBYL website at 11:00 EST.
The University of Louisville has announced a couple more starting times for games in the upcoming 2014-15 season. Yesterday it was announced that the Battle of the Bluegrass between Louisville and Kentucky will take place at 2:00 p.m. ET. It was already known that the game would be on Saturday December 27 and on ESPN2.
If you were on twitter last night, you probably kept reading about how new Louisville basketball commit Donovan Mitchell had some crazy dunk that “shut down” the famous Rucker Park. Video has finally surfaced of that dunk from the Reebok Breakout Classic. Now while you have seen Montrezl Harrell try to rip off rims for 2 years now, your dunking standards may be pretty high. Keep in mind that Mitchell hasn’t even started his senior year of high school yet. This is pretty impressive!
This years College Basketball preseason edition of Sporting News ranks the Cards at #7. Sporting News also has 3 other ACC teams (Duke, UNC, and Virginia) in the top 10. IMO anywhere between 7-12 is a fair ranking for Louisville this season. Regardless of ranking there is no doubt that this will be one of the best conferences we have seen in awhile. #ACC
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!
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
According to Adam Zagoria Louisville is no longer in the mix for 5 star PG Isaiah Briscoe. In this weeks CSZ recruiting Notebook we said we should find out the answer to the question of just how interested the Cards were in Briscoe with Trier pledging to Arizona. Looks like we now have our answer. The more the summer went on the less Coach Pitino watched the NJ point guard so this isn’t to big of a shock. It looks like Pitino and company are going all in to land two of the four out of Donovan Mitchell, PJ Dozier, Prince Ali and Antonio Blakeney. Mitchell, Dozier, Ali and Blakeney will all visit within the month.
We posted earlier about the dominance of Montrezl Harrell at the Adidas Nations camp. While he has been dominate, he isn’t the only Cardinal showing his skills. Louisville’s back court of Terry Rozier and Chris Jones has also been drawing rave reviews. NBC Sports’s Raphielle Johnson and Scott Phillips had this to say about the Cardinals duo:
The Cards have 3 counselors (Montrezl Harrell, Terry Rozier, and Chris Jones) at the Adidas Nation camp this week which is impressive all by itself. All seem to be performing well but Montrezl Harrell seems to be showing his dominance. Hardwood Insider (who is at the Adidas Nations) had this to say about Harrell:
CBS College Basketball writer Gary Parrish says this will be one of the hardest years to come up with a preseason All-American list. While Parrish said there were many under consideration he did have Louisville’s Montrezl Harrell on his list of five.
Gary Parrish’s Preseason All-Americans
|G||Fred VanVleet||Wichita St.|
|G||Marcus Paige||N. Carolina|
One thing I do agree on with Parrish is, there is a plethora of talent in College Basketball this season. What I don’t agree with is that all five of these guys have a possible replacement. In my opinion Wichita State’s Fred VanVleet and our own Montrezl Harrell are clear cut 1st Team All-Americans. Read the rest of this entry
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According to his Instagram, Louisville PF Akoy Agau will undergo surgery today in Philadelphia. The type of surgery remains unknown but we all know surgery of any kind is never great news. Agau drew rave reviews from Coach Pitino for his progress this summer. We hope this is just what Akoy says it is… A minor setback. *UPDATE* Per Jeff Greer at the Courier Journal, Akoy Agau is undergoing surgery for a sports hernia. He will be out for 6 weeks.
When 5 star SG Antonio Blakeney received an offer from UK earlier this month some wondered if Rick Pitino would back off and move on. Today Pitino answered that question with a resounding NO! Pitino was front and center for all three of Blakeney’s games today and the 6’4 SG did not disappoint.
Blakeney flirted with a triple double in game one before ending with 25 points, 10 rebounds, and 7 assist. While shooting around before game two I let Blakeney know just how close he was to the triple double to which he responded with a smile “I’ll get it this game”. Blakeney then took a few minutes to chat with current Louisville SG Terry Rozier. Over 3 games today Blakeney went for 60 plus points and showed the smooth stroke that has #CardNation hoping when it’s all said and done he’s in Red and Black.
According to multiple outlets 4 star SG Prince Ali will visit Louisville September 6th. The Louisville football team will host Murray St. that Saturday night (7pm) so it should be a great weekend for Ali to take in all Louisville has to offer. Since de committing from UCONN the 6’4 SG has been playing as good as any guard in the nation and that has caught the eye of many coaches. Louisville, UCLA, Indiana, and Michigan are in the race for Ali with UCLA slightly out front. Ali will head to UCLA the weekend before so this will be a great chance for the Cards to impress. Follow Prince Ali on twitter @PrinceSmoove23
It was a pretty active day for former Cards in the NBA Summer League on Wednesday. Gorgui Dieng had the best overall game, while Luke Hancock and Kyle Kuric also saw action in their games. Here is how all three did…
*Gorgui Dieng – The big man absolutely dominated the glass, grabbing 19 rebounds to go along with his 13 points as the Timberwolves beat the Suns 86-77. He added 1 assist and 2 steals while shooting 6-13 from the field and 1-2 from the free throw line. He started and played nearly 35 minutes. In 4 games this summer, Gorgui is averaging 10.5 points and 10 rebounds per game. With the win, the Timberwolves advanced in the summer league championship bracket and will face the Sacramento Kings on Thursday at 4:30 p.m. ET.
It is becoming very clear that the Cards plan on signing a shooting guard in the 2015 class. This point became even clearer when Coach Pitino offered former UCONN commit Prince Ali (Insert your Aladdin joke here). Ali is rated as a 4 star SG by all services and lands as high as top 30 overall. It looks like The Cards, UCLA, Michigan, Arizona and IU are the teams in the race for the 6’4 guard and should all receive visits. We will have more on Ali Monday in our CSZ Recruiting Notebook.
A study has been released that says what we already know: the Louisville Cardinals have the best fans in college basketball. It is just pretty cool to see actual studies that prove these kind of things.
The following comes from the website that released the study. I am ok with the order. Everyone in the Top 10 is probably where they should be, right? I know whenever I think of college basketball’s best fans, Texas definitely is near the top of my list.
Our rankings are based on a statistical analysis of self-reported revenue data. We create a statistical model of revenue as a function of team quality (winning percentage, NCAA tournament qualification, etc…) and market potential (conference affiliation, median income, area population, number of students, etc…) and then compare the model’s prediction to the self-reported revenues. Yes, we get that this self-reported revenue data can be a bit quirky, but it’s what the schools choose to report.