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.
It was a strange Friday night for Louisville target Maverick Rowan. The Cards have one spot left to fill for next season’s team. That spot looks to be reserved for Rowan, and if he can’t reclassify to 2015, the scholarship may just be saved and not used for this season.
Rowan was in Lexington on Friday playing in the Nike Elite Youth Basketball League. Yes, Nike. Not only that, he played for the Each1Teach1 team, better known as E1T1. That is the same team that Antonio Blakeney played for. Remember Blakeney committed to Louisville and then about (what seemed like) 10 seconds later, he decommitted and ultimately ended up choosing LSU, a Nike school.
It became official on Thursday that Ralph Willard will be coming back to UofL to join Rick Pitino’s staff as an assistant coach. Willard was on staff at Louisville from 2009-2011 and has also coached with Rick Pitino with the New York Knicks (1987-89) and the University of Kentucky (1989-90). He has coached the game of basketball for 39 years. I don’t need to go into his records at all of his stops. The man has proven he knows the game of basketball.
What is interesting about this hire is some of the reaction it has gotten. I certainly didn’t think I would need to defend this hire, but here we go. Here are some quotes I saw about Willard while searching the interwebs.
Rick Pitino just wrapped up his press conference where he talked about new transfer Damion Lee, new assistant Ralph Willard, and the Cards’ trip to Puerto Rico this summer. He obviously said a lot of things worth mentioning, but one thing near the end seemed to stick out when talking about the offense.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The University of Louisville men’s basketball team will play as many as six games against national teams from Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic during a week-long trip to Puerto Rico in August.
The Cardinals will face the Puerto Rico National Team, the Puerto Rico Junior National Team and the Dominican Republic National Team during their Aug. 10-17 visit to Puerto Rico. Details on game dates will be available at a later date.
The Louisville Cardinals have filled another void for next season. Evan Daniels has reported that Drexel transfer Damion Lee has decided to finish his career at the University of Louisville, where he will have one year of eligibility remaining. After hearing from many schools, around 70 or 80 according to Lee, he narrowed his list down to five. Ultimately, Lee chose the Cards over Arizona, Maryland, Gonzaga, and Marquette.
The ACC football coaches had a teleconference on Wednesday to talk about their teams and wrap up the spring season. Bobby Petrino updated the status of Will Gardner, talked about wide receivers who have stood out, and more.
For the transcript of all of the coaches, click here.
BOBBY PETRINO: Well, I thought we had a very good spring. It was nice to have the continuity on our staff and have all of our coaches back and see the improvements that we made because our players really understand how we’re going to work and go about our business and the tempo that we’re going to practice at. So I felt like we were able to make some real strides there. We’ve had some good quarterback competition going on, which is always a lot of fun and something that I thought they all handled well, and then I like what I see from our defense. We’re going to be strong on the defensive front. We’ll have some new guys in the secondary, but they’re talented, and we have a really good linebacking crew. Overall I thought we got done a lot in spring ball, but certainly we have a lot of work ahead of us and a long way to go to get ready for a real tough early schedule.
One of the top quarterbacks in the country for the class of 2016 is Jawon Pass. He just announced his top 5 and it is Louisville, Auburn, Alabama, North Carolina, and Virginia Tech.
This happened yesterday, so it is pretty well-known already, but I figured with the way our basketball recruiting page is now set up to post all of our recruiting posts, it would be a good idea to at least update you on this story.
Five-star point guard Derryck Thornton has committed to Duke and he will reclassify to 2015. He had planned to visit Louisville April 19-21, but plans changed and Coach K visited Thornton on April 20. Thornton originally pushed his visit to Louisville back to sometime in May, but we really didn’t expect that visit to happen.
It is always a good thing when any team from the University of Louisville beats the Kentucky Wildcats or Cincinnati Bearcats. On Tuesday, both happened as the 3rd ranked baseball team beat Cincinnati 6-2 and the softball team beat 17th ranked Kentucky 8-0. Both games were on the road.
In Cincinnati, freshman pitcher Sean Leland picked up the win for the Cards as he pitched 5.2 innings and gave up just one run and five hits. He is now 3-0 on the season. Once Leland was done, Robert Strader and Kade McClure combined for 3.1 innings without giving up a run to close out the Bearcats.
Chip Miller of 247 Sports has provided an update on 2016 player Maverick Rowan, who is trying to reclassify to 2015. If he is able to reclassify, and really even if he is not able to, the Louisville Cardinals appear to be a front-runner to land the 6’7 small forward from Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
We knew that Rowan needed two more classes to graduate early and enroll in college for the 2015-16 season. It sounds like his current high school, Cardinal Gibbons, is not helping him out very much to get this done.
Well this is very exciting news for us here at CSZ. We have officially joined the UofL family at 93.9 The Ville FM radio and will have our own show! Now this is still a little ways off, but we had to go ahead and share the news.
Don’t ask Gorgui who is going to win the NBA title this season. He doesn’t care.
The Louisville Cardinals remain ranked 3rd in the country in the Perfect Game College Baseball rankings. They went 3-1 last week and that was highlighted by a series sweep of Wake Forest. The play that everyone is talking about from the series is Corey Ray’s steal of home to win the game and complete the sweep. Here is that play with Sean Moth on the call. The full poll is also below.
One of the greatest to ever wear a UofL uniform. The 2015 NFL Draft begins on Thursday April 30.
The next few days could be very big for the future of Louisville basketball as two players will be taking official visits. Drexel transfer Damion Lee, who you have probably heard of by now, wraps up a visit to Arizona on Sunday and will be in Louisville at some point of the day. Five star shooting guard Tyus Battle, who is in the class of 2016, will also be on campus and is fresh off of a visit to Duke.
You don’t see this very often. Louisville’s Corey Ray stole home on Saturday with the game tied in the bottom of the 9th to give the Cards a 6-5 victory and sweep the series over Wake Forest. A walk-off steal?
I didn’t go to the game, so this is likely all you will see on here regarding the spring game.