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Rick Pitino: This team is going to be a fan favorite

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Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

The Courier Journal’s Jeff Greer has an extensive Q&A with Rick Pitino posted and it covers a lot of topics. It really is an informative read. I just wanted to point out a part of it that is interesting when he talks about this season’s team. We knew that the chemistry wasn’t the best last year. In fact, I found it hard to cheer for the team sometimes. They weren’t unlikeable, they just maybe weren’t as likeable as I would have wanted to see. That is just a personal opinion, but one that I know some people do share. Something was just different.

Pitino mentioned it several times last year. Chinanu Onuaku addressed it while practicing for the USA U19 team. The older guys hung out with their girlfriends and the younger guys mainly hung out with each other. The older guys didn’t have patience they needed. It was like a team divided. That should not be a problem this season, and here is some of that Q&A where Pitino discusses it with Greer. He says that this team could be a fan favorite…

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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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Video: Donovan Mitchell with ANOTHER crazy dunk

Photo: Scout.com

Photo: Scout.com

These videos are becoming the norm around here. I can’t remember any freshman that came into UofL with this much hype and fan support before ever playing a game. Social media will help things like that these days though. Check out this crazy athleticism here. It may look like a simple dunk to some, but you have to take into account how far back his arm goes. And if you think this is simple, will you be on my team the next time I have open gym?

And you have to love that Russ is in the video!

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Montrezl Harrell 2015 Summer League Highlights

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Photo: clutchfans.net

All you can really say is…AND 1!!!!! (Do you get a point for just yelling it?)

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Russ Smith 2015 Summer League Highlights

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Photo: youtube.com

Enjoy these Russ Smith highlights. That is pretty much a given though, right?

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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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Trez impresses in debut; Rozier scores 22 in NBA Summer League action

NBA.com

NBA.com

It was a nice night for former Cardinals in the NBA Summer League on Sunday, and a former Notre Dame player continued the tradition of getting dunked on by a Louisville player. Montrezl Harrell made his summer league debut, Terry Rozier led the Celtics in scoring, and Wayne Blackshear made the most of his minutes last night. Here is how they did…

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Cardinal Sports Zone radio show: 7/11/15

93.9 The Ville

On today’s episode of Cardinal Sports Zone on 93.9 The Ville, we discussed our favorite Bobby Petrino season opening game since he is 10-0. We talked Maverick Rowan, Jawon Pass, and more. Howie Lindsey from CardinalSports.com joined us in the second segment and gave us some great insight into the Maverick Rowan recruitment and how there may have been “miscommunication.” Click below and give it a listen!

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Russ Smith hits shot to win Orlando Summer League

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Photo: youtube.com

Russ Smith continued his great summer with the Grizzlies on Friday afternoon in the Championship of the Orlando NBA Summer League. Not only did he have 15 points, 9 assists, and 3 steals, but he hit the game winning shot in double-overtime to win the league. It was his second game-winner this week.

Check out these videos of Russ in action. He hits a crazy three pointer, the game winner, and gets interviewed after the game.

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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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Cards in the NBA Summer League update: Friday morning

NBA.com

NBA.com

Five former Cards were in action yesterday in the NBA Summer League. Here is how each of them did.

Russ Smith – Memphis Grizzlies

Russ had another solid game with 17 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists, 5 steals, and 5 turnovers. He was 4-10 from the field and 9-9 from the free throw line. Memphis beat Oklahoma City 87-81.

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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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Cards in the NBA Summer League Update: Wednesday morning

NBA.com

NBA.com

Yesterday was a pretty eventful day for former Louisville Cardinals in the NBA Summer League. Russ Smith hit a game winning shot against Peyton Siva’s team, and Terry Rozier led the Celtics in scoring. Not a bad day. Here are the stats…

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CBS Sports says Louisville had 2nd best college sports season in 2014-15

Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

According to CBS Sports, the Louisville Cardinals had the second best 2014-15 season in college sports behind only Ohio State. Five sports were rated: football, men’s basketball, women’s basketball, baseball, and a “wild card” sport. According to the article, the wild-card spot went to the most successful among the school’s following spectator sports: softball, men’s lacrosse, men’s ice hockey, men’s soccer, wrestling, volleyball, women’s soccer or women’s gymnastics.

Here is a little more explanation of how this was calculated:

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Russ Smith scores 20 points and hits game winner

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Photo: unknown

In NBA Summer League action on Tuesday afternoon, Russ Smith faced off against Peyton Siva. Russ and the Grizzlies got the better end of the matchup, as Russ went off for 20 points, including the game winning shot in sudden death.

Russ finished with 20 points on 9-12 shooting and was 2-3 from the three point line. He also had 3 assists, 3 rebounds, 3 steals, and 1 turnover.

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Cards in the NBA Summer League update: Tuesday morning

NBA.com

NBA.com

There are six former Louisville Cardinals participating in the NBA Summer League: Russ Smith, Peyton Siva, Earl Clark, Terry Rozier, Wayne Blackshear, and Montrezl Harrell. Here is just a little update on how the guys have done that have begun playing.

Russ Smith – Memphis Grizzlies

Through two games with the Memphis Grizzlies, Russ is off to a very good start. The summer league is usually where guys are trying to show that they belong in the NBA by scoring…a lot. You won’t find too much passing. For someone who can score at will, Russ is making the effort to pass the ball. He leads the team with 7.5 assists per game. The next highest is Andrew Harrison at 2.5 per game. Some other stats:

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