Sure, it has been a few days since the Red-White scrimmage at the KFC Yum! Center. But in the midst of all of this other talk surrounding the program, and with the football team on a bye, why not talk a little hoops on the court? Plus, I simply haven’t had as much time to sit down and put together something that I feel is worth posting about it. That is the main reason. I don’t have deadlines or quotas to meet on the amount of stories to post. So when I do something, I want it to be solid. Got off topic, here we go…
These are five things that I took away from the scrimmage on Saturday.
If you caught Rick Pitino’s latest blog on Tuesday, you saw that the head coach dropped some pretty cool information about possibly adding some J.V. games to the schedule.
We are working on playing 10 J.V. games this year. Some will be played at the Yum! Center on game day. It will give guys like Matz, Dillon and Ryan a chance to play major minutes and continue to develop.
ESPN’s Jeff Goodman is reporting that the Louisville Cardinals appear to be one of the teams that will be playing in the Battle for Atlantis in the 2016-17 season.
That is a great start to the field that will battle it out in the Bahamas. The first thing that sticks out to me is a possible matchup against Michigan State. As you know, the Cards will play the Spartans this coming season in the ACC/Big10 Challenge. So there is a chance that they could meet for the third consecutive year in the Battle for Atlantis.
Photos by Tim Haag (@UofLBirdsNest)
Rick Pitino met with the media on Wednesday afternoon to give a summer update on the team. It’s only July, and there wasn’t any breaking news, but it sure was nice to hear Coach talk some hoops and about this year’s team! I expected it to be about a 20 minute press conference, but it ended up being just over 45! You can click here to watch the video of the press conference from CourierJournal.com. Below, I will give you the key notes from it…
The new Pelican…
-Pitino started out by talking about Russ Smith. He said that Russ wasn’t pleased with dropping to the 2nd round in the NBA Draft, and wanted to prove people wrong. Instead, Pitino said he should prove people right, and that’s the people that believe in him.
-Also with Russ, he got a guaranteed contract from the Pelicans. That is huge news, as second round picks have to make the team and are not guaranteed a spot just by getting drafted.
I wondered why everyone was using the same picture when writing about newest UofL Basketball signee Matz Stockman, apparently they aren’t easy to find. What I do know is this, he’s the tallest player in school history edging out 7’1 David Shrag (97), 7’0 current DJ Matt Simons (95), & 7’0 Beau Zach Smith (97). Yes Matt Simons is really a DJ but that’s not the point. Don’t really know a ton about Matz, but here is what we do know. The 7’2 238 pound Matz (pronounced Mots), and his Conan O’Brien-esque build, is Norwegian. The only video I have seen of him was this video @CrumsRevenge tweeted out:
He is tall and he can dunk…more things we know. I feel like as a member of CardNation that I should help him feel at home so I will speak a little in his native language.
Velkommen (Welcome)- We welcome Matz to the already loaded 2014 signing class which includes Shaqquan Aaron, Quentin Snider, Jaylen Johnson and Chinanu Onuaku.
hei (hello)- say hello to the tallest front court we have had in quite a while when you add Onuaku to the mix
prosjekt (project)- He likely won’t be a day one contributor and may even Redshirt, but he will be a force to be reckoned with when he leaves the University of Louisville
bilder og video (pictures and video)- We really need more videos and media on this kid so that we can see what this kid is all about. He may be a Hajj Turner hype wise (no offense, can’t get mad) or may be a Dirk…I’m betting he is somewhere in between.
So to Matz we will leave him with, Velkommen til Louisville, de 2013 National Champions…never gets old
PRESS RELEASE from Louisville SID Kenny Klein:
Norwegian Matz Stockman Signs with UofL Basketball
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Matz Stockman, a 7-2, 238-pound forward/center from Oslo, Norway, has signed a national letter-of-intent to continue his basketball playing career at the University of Louisville.
We have found out who Rick Pitino’s mystery man is and his name is: Matz Stockman. Stockman is a 7’2 Norwegian Center with a 7’6 wingspan. The Norwegian center averaged 7.7 points and 5.3 rebounds a game in the U18 European Championships in 2013. Other than that there is not much to go on for Stockman. In this article from Stockmans program CBA Academy Stockman’s coach said “He has the potential to be elite, it’s just a matter of time.”