The Louisville basketball team took the floor today for the first time. The White team got the win 75-72 when Chris Jones drained a go ahead 3 with three seconds left. The top 10 Cards lived up to the ranking without question but there were a few takeaways that stood out:
-Montrezl Harrell is without question a First Team All American! Trez finished the game with 24 points, 12 rebounds, and 3 assist with 9 of those 24 coming off his three 3 point baskets. Yes you read that right. Trez finished 3-5 from behind the arc and looked quite comfortable. But the major thing doesn’t show up on the box score is the leadership. There is no doubt this is Trez’s team and he led well today.
Pitino and the Louisville basketball team held a closed scrimmage yesterday and there was plenty to be excited about. The Cards were lead by senior Montrezl Harrell with 32 points but it was a couple of reserves that caught my eye. Soph. Anton Gill finished with 27 points in the game and Freshman Chinanu Onuaku led everyone with 14 rebounds and added 4 blocks. Gill and Onuaku could be exactly what the doctor ordered for a Louisville team that quite honestly has unproven talent on the bench.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – University of Louisville All-America forward Montrezl Harrell totaled 32 points, six rebounds, four blocked shots, three assists and two steals to lead the Black team to a 91-82 victory over the Red team in a private intrasquad scrimmage on Sunday.
According to Kent Spencer of WHAS-11 the Cards October 19th Red/White Scrimmage will be televised.
This will be the first of two scrimmages with the other being held the next Sunday (Oct. 26). Both games will tip at 2 pm and tickets are still available on Ticketmaster.
UofL SID Kenny Klein announced today via twitter that the Louisville Mens Basketball team has set the dates and times for their annual Red/White Scrimmages.
The Cards are loaded again and this should be the start of what looks to be another special season.
With all of the freshman now on campus for the University of Louisville basketball team, the roster on GoCards.com has now been updated. This includes what numbers each player will wear.
|#||NAME||HT||WT||POS||CL||HOMETOWN (PREVIOUS SCHOOL)|
|0||Terry Rozier||6-1||185||G||SO||Cleveland, Ohio (Shaker Heights/Hargrave Military Academy)|
|1||Anton Gill||6-3||185||G||SO||Raleigh, N.C. (Ravenscroft/Hargrave Military Academy)|
|2||Quentin Snider||6-1||170||G||FR||Louisville, Ky. (Ballard)|
|3||Chris Jones||5-10||175||G||SR||Memphis, Tenn. (NW Florida State College)|
|4||Dillon Avare||6-0||150||G||RS FR||Lexington, Ky. (Lexington Catholic)|
|5||Matz Stockman||7-2||240||F/C||FR||Oslo, Norway (Canaria Basketball Academy)|
|10||Jaylen Johnson||6-9||215||F||FR||Ypsilanti, Mich. (Ypsilanti)|
|12||Mangok Mathiang||6-10||210||F/C||RS SO||Melbourne, Australia (IMG Academy (Fla.))|
|14||Anas Mahmoud||7-1||205||F||FR||Cairo, Egypt (West Oaks Academy)|
|15||Trent Gilbert||6-0||180||G||FR||Georgetown, Ky. (Scott County)|
|21||Shaqquan Aaron||6-7||175||G||FR||Seattle, Wash. (Ranier Beach)|
|22||Akoy Agau||6-8||230||F||SO||Omaha, Neb. (Omaha Central)|
|23||David Levitch||6-3||180||G||SO||Goshen, Ky. (North Oldham)|
|24||Montrezl Harrell||6-8||240||F||JR||Tarboro, N.C. (Hargrave Military Academy)|
|25||Wayne Blackshear||6-5||230||G/F||SR||Chicago, Ill. (Morgan Park)|
|32||Chinanu Onuaku||6-10||230||F/C||FR||Lanham, Md. (Riverdale Baptist)|
According to Jeff Greer of the Courier Journal Louisville freshman Jaylen Johnson is now enrolled at the school.
The Cards are expecting the 6’9 Johnson to give them minutes on the floor this season. Johnson is a versatile PF that will help back up Montrezl Harrell and could see limited minutes at the 3. Johnson will be behind the other freshman but seems to have been working hard on condition and ball skills while awaiting this process. All of the Cards 2014 class are now on campus.
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
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
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’m not going to say Anas Osama is my favorite Louisville Cardinal……but then again I’m not saying he isn’t either.
With this years draft over CBS’s Gary Parrish predicted next years Draft Lottery. To the surprise of some (Maybe) he had our Montrezl Harrell going at #5:
5. Montrezl Harrell (Louisville)
Harrell’s return to Louisville was arguably the biggest surprise among all decisions made by underclassmen because he would’ve likely been a lottery pick in the 2014 NBA Draft. The goal, clearly, is to spend another season developing in college and improve his so-called stock. If he does those things, yes, this 6-8 super-athletic forward can go in the top five.
I think some are under estimating just how good Trez could be this year for the Cards. When the decision was announced that Montrezl would return to Louisville it immediately put the Cards in the Final Four conversation. Let me put it like this, there will not be another team in American College Basketball with a more dominate PF than the Cards will have next season. So Cards fans enjoy every dunk, every scream, every big time hustle play, and every “OH MY” moment this season because it is almost certain to be the last for Trez in a Cardinals uniform. #L1C4
Sporting News has been releasing their top 10 College Basketball players at each position. Today they arrived at the Power Forward position and our own Montrezl Harrell came in at #1.
Size: 6-8, 235 pounds
Stats: 14.0 ppg, 8.4 rpg
“There was Montrezl Harrell before Chane Behanan was booted, and there was the guy who picked up the Cardinals’ frontcourt and carried the team to dual American championships afterward. Harrell improved his scoring average by more than four points a game once the power forward position became his, including an overpowering 21-point effort at Cincinnati that essentially kept the Cards alive in the league race.
Harrell’s decision to return to college basketball was among the more surprising of any potential draft candidate, but he can continue to grow as a prospect by becoming a consistent jumpshooting threat and improved technical defender”
There is no doubt that Trez has EXTREMELY high expectations coming into the year but if there has ever been anyone that can handle it, it’s him.
Check out this video done by BallIsLife.com of Montrezl Harrell and Anton Gill getting some work in back in their home state of North Carolina. Now I know they aren’t exactly going up against Duke or North Carolina players in this video, but there are still things you can be impressed with.
The adjustment from high school to college basketball takes longer for some than others, and I really think Anton Gill could surprise some people this year and make a name for himself. He has now had a full season and will have this off-season to improve and get better in Pitino’s system. In the video, he throws down some nasty dunks and shows good ball handling.
Then you watch Trez and the only thing I could think of was HE REALLY CAME BACK!!!
Today USA today posted their list of the 5 returning players with the “Weightiest Expectations”. Our man Montrezl Harrell was not only on that list but came in at #1:
1. Montrezl Harrell, Louisville: Perhaps the most shocking decision of any player who bypassed the NBA to return to school, Harrell makes the Cardinals a preseason top 10 team. The loss of Russ Smith will hurt Louisville offensively but keeping a talented big man like Harrell is essential for remaining a contender. One reason is Harrell’s defensive skillset. But the 6-8 junior forward has a steadily improving offense, averaging 14 points and 8.4 rebounds last season while shooting 60% from the floor.
As the article said Trez’s decision was probably the biggest shocker of the off season and the NBA’s loss was defiantly the Cards gain. That decision will come with a price though, all eyes will be on Trez this season and honestly I believe that is exactly how he likes it. Can Trez lead the Cards to Indy? Will Trez get 20 and 20 in the Dean Dome? Just how high will Trez be drafted next year? These question will be answered soon enough but WOW this is going to be a fun ride!
Last night former UNC star and current Milwaukee Bucks Center John Henson tweeted this:
We all know Montrezl Harrell is an absolute animal on the court but this tweet has to make us think one thing. Will Trez actually shatter a backboard during a game this season?
Let me just say folks if the answer to that last question is yes, Trez will move ahead of all former UofL stars as my favorite of all time! Oh and I will pound my chest and scream after EVERYTHING I do for at least 3 weeks. It’s going to be a fun season :)
This is the Cardinal week in review 4/14/14:
First off, this is the first week without 55 in several months but we had a ton of news. We did see our first edition of 4YourInfo by Daryl though. From TrezL to the road sweep of then #7 Houston, here is the week in review.
MontrezL HarreLL has decided to come back for his Junior year. That makes us happy. Wayne Blackshear wiLL NOT leave and both wiLL be captains for next season. I beLieve once Chris announces his intentions that he wiLL aLso be named captain. Here’s every dunk from trezL this year…P.S. I know aLL the L’s don’t need to be capitaLized but who’s gonna stop meL?
Read what Steve had to say here
Tonight at 8pm on ESPN2, then from 9-10:30 on ESPNU the 2014 WNBA Draft will be held. Shoni Schimmel was one of only 12 people to be invited to the draft meaning she should be a first rounder. All Seniors from this class are eligible for the draft.
Someone finally did it. They made the video that shows every dunk that Montrezl Harrell threw down from this past season. It even includes the Red-White scrimmages! There were 112 total dunks, 96 of them official. This is from “TheLouisvilleShow” on youtube.