The University of Louisville has announced that guard Ryan McMahon has officially signed and will be a member of the basketball team for the 2014-15 season. McMahon joins Donovan Mitchell, Deng Adel, Raymond Spalding, and Trey Lewis as new members of the team. Lewis is a graduate transfer that will have one year of eligibility remaining.
Rick Pitino released a statement about McMahon, saying that he will likely redshirt.
The Louisville Cardinals have two spots left to fill for next season’s team. If you caught the post from the other day, we focused in on the three guys that were the most likely options to fill the two spots. One of those players was 5-star point guard Derryck Thornton from Findlay Prep in Henderson, Nevada.
Thornton is currently a player in the 2016 class. But Rick Pitino brought the idea to Thornton to reclassify to 2015 and come in and join the Cards. If he does reclassify, it is believed that he will either choose Louisville or Duke. The Blue Devils will have a wide open spot at point guard with Tyus Jones declaring for the NBA.
According to this tweet from Jeff Borzello of ESPN.com, 6’4 shooting guard Sterling Smith will visit Louisville next Wednesday.
Smith is a transfer from Coppin State and as the tweet says, he is eligible immediately. This past season for the Eagles, Smith averaged 13.9 points, 4.9 rebounds, and 1.6 assists in 30.1 minutes per game. He shot 41.8% from three, connecting on 76-182 from behind the arc. As we have said before, Wayne Blackshear led the Cards this past season with 60 made three pointers.
The future Louisville Cardinals played on the White team on Saturday night in the Derby Festival Basketball Classic at Freedom Hall. The team did not get the win, but the future Cards certainly did their part. Donovan Mitchell led all scorers with 21 points and had 6 steals. Deng Adel also had a very good game with 20 points and 9 rebounds. Check out the rest of the box score below.
Here is a video from Friday night’s events at New Albany High School. Before tonight’s Derby Festival Basketball Classic, there is the Night of the Future Stars with a dunk contest, three point contest, and more competitions. The finals for the dunk and three point contests will be tonight at Freedom Hall at halftime of the game. Both events will have a future Louisville Cardinal in them.
Donovan Mitchell will be in the finals of the dunk contest along with Justin Simon (Arizona) and Danjel Purifoy (Auburn). Ryan McMahon will be in the finals of the three point contest with Matt Ryan (Notre Dame), Brandon Sampson (St. John’s), and Diamond Stone (Maryland).
This first video pretty much summarizes all of it for the future Cards. It is from TheCardinalsBeak.com.
It is no secret that the Louisville Cardinals will look much different in the 2015-16 season. Personally, I am very excited for it and to see this team of mostly young guys develop and have their own identity. There are still a couple of spots left to fill for the Cards, and I will give a little update on where things stand. About a week and a half ago, Steve posted a list of potential transfers that UofL could bring in. Trey Lewis was first on the list, and of course we know he will be a Cardinal. So this is really the first update we have posted since then.
If you are wondering how UofL has so much room for all of these guys, here is why. In all, there are seven open spots to fill due to the departures of Wayne Blackshear, Terry Rozier, Montrezl Harrell, Chris Jones, Shaqquan Aaron, Anton Gill, and Akoy Agau. Five of those have already been filled by Donovan Mitchell, Deng Adel, Raymond Spalding, Ryan McMahon, and Trey Lewis. So there are two spots left. Who are the biggest names to fill those spots right now?
By now, you probably know that the newest Louisville Cardinal, Trey Lewis, played at the KFC Yum! Center on November 26, 2014 against the Louisville Cardinals.
Louisville won the game 45-33. Lewis scored 24 points. I repeat: Lewis scored 24 of his team’s 33 points. He also added 5 rebounds, 1 assist, and 2 steals. Tough to get assists when your teammates combine for 9 points I guess. Anyway, here is a highlight video of Lewis from that game. Can’t wait to see him next season!
Well, here we are on the roller coaster ride. Shaqquan Aaron was staying, but now it appears that he will transfer from the University of Louisville.
With the addition of Trey Lewis and the possible addition of Damion Lee and/or Maverick Rowan, not to mention Deng Adel coming in, maybe Aaron simply didn’t want to compete for playing time. We will post more information as it becomes available.
There is never much downtime in the world of UofL sports, and as a fan, you have to love that. There is always something going on. Even if you are just a fan of football and basketball, there is still news in those sports these days. And if you are just a casual fan of all University of Louisville sports, this is the place for you. A quick summary of what is going on in all sports.
If you want to go more in depth and read details about certain stories, there are some press releases that will be linked here for you to do that. If not, you certainly don’t have to. You may not need a play-by-play of how the softball team did in their last game, but you are just curious what their record is and who they play next. That is what this is for. Here is your update in Louisville sports on Wednesday morning.
Yes, the 2013 version. It is 11:30 p.m. on a Tuesday night and I am sitting here grinning ear to ear after I just watched this video (thanks Kim Pemberton for posting it on Facebook). It has been quite some time since I have watched it that it felt like the first time all over again.
Which reminded me, I was fortunate enough to watch this inside the Georgia Dome after the Cards cut down the nets. It was so surreal. Louisville had just won their first National Championship since I was born. I was born in May of 1986, juuuust after the previous title had been won. But I was in the crowd for this one. Nothing was stopping me from going.
I am a couple days late on this, but it happens. Video from Evan Westendorf.
What we had been hoping for is now official, and that is that Cleveland State’s Trey Lewis has officially decided to transfer to the University of Louisville to play his final college basketball season for Rick Pitino in 2015-16. It was supposed to be down to Louisville and Ohio State, but the Cards won this battle without Lewis taking his planned visit to see his hometown Buckeyes. That is pretty nice.
Lewis is listed at 6’2 and 185 lbs. He can play either guard position. That will give the Cards a very good three man rotation between both guard spots with Lewis, Quentin Snider, and Donovan Mitchell. So looking at it like that, you were going to have a backcourt with a sophomore and a freshman playing the bulk of the minutes. Now you throw a senior into the mix to bring experience, not to mention he is just a solid basketball player.
All signs point to graduate transfer (Cleveland State) combo guard Trey Lewis choosing the Cards over his hometown school Ohio State tomorrow, per multiple sources. Lewis averaged 16 points a game, shooting 42% from behind the 3 point line and hitting 96 of 227 three pointers. You may remember Lewis from his 24 points, 5 rebounds, and 2 steals performance earlier this season in the Yum Center.
Pitino said he wanted shooters from here on out and the addition of Lewis will be just that. Expect the sharp shooting combo guard to push for a starting spot next season.
There have been just a couple of updates since the rosters came out, and with the game being this week, I figured it wouldn’t hurt to post it again.
The Derby Festival Basketball Classic will be held this Saturday, April 11 at 7:00 at Freedom Hall. You have the chance to come out and see some of the best high school basketball players in the country compete in this All-Star game. So you are just a Louisville fan and that is all you care about, what’s in it for you? Well, all four players that are committed to Louisville (3 have signed) will be playing in this game. So yes, you get to see Donovan Mitchell, Deng Adel, Raymond Spalding, and Ryan McMahon.
Donovan Mitchell comes in around the 50 second mark. These kids make it look like they are dunking on an 8 foot goal. Just crazy.