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.
Last night at the KY/IN All Star game Quentin Snider showed why Louisville fans are extremely excited about seeing the local product in the KFC Yum Center next season. Snider finished the night with 37 points (6th highest in history of the game), 5 assist, and 7 rebounds in a 104-94 loss to Indiana. The Kentucky Mr. Basketball was 6 of 11 from behind the 3 point line, a stat that should have all UofL fans smiling big today.
While this was a KY vs Indiana All Star game all eyes were on the PG match up between Snider and Mcdonalds All American James Blackmon. Blackmon finished the night with 41 points but both players made it clear they would find their way on the floor for the Cards and the Hoosiers next season. The second of the two games will be held tonight at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.
This is my second day off of only two days in the past 4 months. I’m trying to recover from what the hell I just experienced. I took a leap over Christmas ‘break’ when I saw an ad for the Derby Festival looking for an intern for the 2014 season and completed my junior year with the credit hours to be a student and a half. Umm yeah. We all think we’re pretty busy, right? No, no, no. A moment of silence for my finals, please.
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Halftime of the Derby Festival Basketball Classic is always an entertaining one. It is when they have the finals of the dunk contest and 3-point contest. At the Night of the Future Stars on the night before, they have the early rounds of those contests and then that sets up the finals for Friday night.
Tonight’s competitions both include future Louisville Cardinals. In the dunk contest, Jaylen Johnson will face off against Isaac Copeland (Georgetown) and Devin Robinson (Florida).
Here is a video of Johnson’s first dunk from Thursday night with a little help from his future teammates. Video courtesy of Jody Demling from Scout.com.
From the KDF Press Office:
April 14, 2014. Louisville, KY. – Tickets are still available for the 41st annual Derby Festival Basketball Classic presented by Papa John’s this Friday, April 18. The roster includes one McDonald’s All-Americans, 2 Parade All-Americans, as well as University of Louisville signees Chinanu Onuaku, Quentin Snider and Jaylen Johnson and Indiana recruits Robert Johnson and Max Hoetzel. The game features 10 players ranked in the Top 30 nationally by recruiting services Rivals.com, Scout.com and 247sports.com. Nearly all of the players scheduled to participate are ranked among the Top 50 nationally. The players will also participate in the Horseshoe Foundation Night of the Future Stars on Thursday, April 17, at Floyd Central High School.
Admission to the Horseshoe Foundation Night of the Future Stars is free with a ticket to the Basketball Classic. Some of the event’s most exciting moments have occurred during the Slam Dunk, 2-on-2 and 3-Point Shooting competitions. There will also be a one-hour autograph-signing session following the event, with a two-item limit for signing.
It is obvious that our team will look much different next year. Losing such key components like Russ, Luke, Montrezl, and SVT will do that to a team. Pitino expects Montrezl to enter the NBA Draft, and I don’t think that will come as a surprise to any of us. Here is a look at what next year’s roster will probably look like. (After typing out the roster and actually looking at it, that whole “looking much different” part is a huge understatement, wow.)
The guys from Iowa Elites dropped this highlight film of 2014 Louisville signee Quentin Snider today. Check it out.
This week…..on 55…..
We talk 2014 Football signing class, emoticons and emoji, The valiant effort of the Women’s Basketball team (Not Lady Cards, been trying to spread the word coach) to a surprise for the loyal readers of 55, and so much more. Here’s a little backstory on this week’s 55 pic. The above picture is a speed limit sign from the frigid snow engulfed areas of Northern Wisconsin. Their motto is drive under 55 and you may stay alive. I wish I was kidding, I am not at all. We are doing our next #CardFam Lunch this Sunday at noon at BW3’s on Dixie, all are welcome, just DM me and let me know for head count purposes. Well here we go. Once again, I share with you the 55 most ridiculous things I have heard, had to debate, or just thought about this past week. This …..is….55
1) I am starting a promotion for my loyal and wonderful supporters of the #55movement (Just made that up). Starting next Monday I will let you guys write a portion of 55. Just tweet me #First15 and I will let you write the first 15 lines of 55. It’s that simple. Shoutout to @TurtleBITW for getting my brain turning and coming up with this idea. Everyone will get to do it. I will randomize the order. That easy.
3) I did NOT get the idea from this book
4) Speaking of
5) I posed a question on Twitter last night about whether or not dudes should send other dudes smiley faces or tongue sticking out faces or emojis or emoticons in general. I said RT for Yes and Fav for No. I had a few speak on it instead of following Twitter survey etiquette but here is the question and results.
7) No RT and all favorites…
9) Haha indeed
10) I had a friend tell me I needed emoji for dummies….But “he” uses them and knew the name of the book….
12) Moving forward
13) Today Greg Brown, an NFL coaching veteran and former collegiate defensive coordinator, has joined the University of Louisville football’s coaching staff as the safeties coach and recruiting coordinator. Brown spent 15 years in the NFL before going to Alabama in 2013 as secondary coach under Nick Saban.
14) Kelsi Jones was named the inaugural AAC Player of the Week as UofL Softball started the season with a tough 3-2 record on the weekend. It doesn’t get any easier this weekend heading to Jacksonville with games against #17 Mizzou, #36 Notre Dame & #39 North Carolina. Good Luck girls!
15) On Sunday the Women’s Tennis team annihilated Conference foe Cincy 7-0 at home. The Cards are on a 3 match winning streak and will head to Wisconsin Friday.
This past Saturday night, Ballard point guard and future Louisville Cardinal Quentin Snider became the all-time leading scorer in Ballard history. He broke the record set by Allan Houston, who went on to play at Tennessee and had a good career for the New York Knicks. He now has 2,280 career points.
Snider entered the game against Eastern High School needing 27 points to break the record. He got 30 as Ballard won 94-72. With 6:25 left to play, Snider was fouled on a 3-point attempt and he was 3 points shy of breaking the record. He made all three.
“Everything was going through my mind at the free throw line,” said Snider to the Courier-Journal. “I was basically feeling it,” Snider said, adding that (Coach) Renner told him, “If you hit a three, come down and shoot another one until you miss.”
BALLARD’S ALL-TIME LEADING SCORERS
|x-1. Quentin Snider||2,280|
|2. Allan Houston||2,276|
|x-3. Kelan Martin||1,982|
|4. Brandon Bender||1,860|
|5. Mark Bell||1,802|
Here are his highlights from that night from Ballard Bruins TV on youtube.
Just a quick reminder, the 2014 McDonald’s All-American Game selection show is today at 6pm on ESPNU. The Cards eligible for selection are Shaqquan Aaron, Quentin Snider, Jaylen Johnson and Chinanu Onuaku. Shaq is an overwhelming favorite to make it with Onuaku coming in second according to popular belief. Good luck to all nominees and Go Cards!
With the schedule that Ballard High School plays, it is hard to go watch them in person because of all the traveling they do and playing games out of town. So for those that want to see future Louisville point guard Quentin Snider, the opportunity has been there this week at Valley High School in the Republic Bank LIT (Louisville Invitational Tournament).
After defeating KCD on Wednesday, #1 ranked Ballard will face #14 ranked Doss in the quarterfinals on Friday night at 8:30 p.m. If they win, they will face the winner of #5 Trinity and #10 Iroquois. Trinity has a junior big man named Raymond Spalding, who is potentially a UofL target. That game would be Saturday morning at 11:30 a.m.
So if you want to check out the hometown kid who is signed with the Cards, head on out to Valley High School tonight. Tickets are $8 at the door.
Here are Quentin Snider’s highlights from this weekend’s Marshall County Hoop Fest. Snider scored 26 points in an overtime loss against Trey Lyles (Kentucky signee) and Arsenal Tech. He then had 18 points and 9 assists in their second game of the day in the win over Moss Point.
Video by @CityLeagueHoops
The Marshall County Hoop Fest begins today at Marshall County High School in Benton, KY. Louisville signee Quentin Snider and the Ballard Bruins will face Kentucky signee Trey Lyles and Arsenal Tech (IN) at 1:00 p.m. ET. Ballard also plays tonight at 7:30 p.m. ET against Moss Point (MS).
So if you are not going to the UofL men’s basketball game today, you can watch that on TV and have Quentin Snider pulled up on the computer at the same time.
Louisville Men’s Basketball Signing Class Among Nation’s Best
(From UofL SID Kenny Klein)
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Four impressive high school products have each signed a national letter-of-intent to continue their basketball playing careers at the University of Louisville, ranking this Cardinal group among the nation’s top recruiting classes.
The list of highly-touted signees consists of Shaqquan Aaron, a 6-7, 175-pound guard from Rainier Beach High School in Seattle, Wash.; Jaylen Johnson, a 6-9, 215-pound forward from Ypsilanti (Mich.) High School; Chinanu Onuaku, a 6-10, 230-pound forward/center from Lanham, Md. and Riverdale Baptist High School; and Quentin Snider, a 6-1, 170-pound guard from Ballard High School in Louisville. All four are ranked among the nation’s top 70 prospects.
“This is a tremendous class that is deep, talented and all have great potential to improve,” said UofL head men’s basketball coach Rick Pitino. “Not only is it a well-balanced group with outstanding basketball players, but they really fit our system. We look for offensive players who can be a triple-threat — shoot, pass and beat their man off the bounce — and this group can certainly do that.”
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Ask and you shall receive, as CSZ made you aware there was a possibility that 2014 G Quentin Snider may rejoin the ranks of the Cardinal fold, he did just that today. Snider, The #28 ranked player in the country, had originally committed to the Cards in 2011. Then The Hometown Snider decommitted shortly after the Cards garnered a commitment from highly touted guard Jaquan Lyle. The Cards have waited almost 20 years to have a starring hometown hero and I believe that Q is that man. I hate the journey but I love where it ended. Quentin is the 4th 2014 commitment, even though he was the first, joining F Jaylen Johnson, G Shaqquan Aaron and C Chinanu Onuaku. The Cards also are in very good position with C Bakary Konate. the Cards have vaulted into the top 5 ranked recruiting class in every rankings I have seen.
Remember when you seen this tweet and you were heartbroken? I understand. I had been told that morning and was sick all day. Well on Wednesday night CSZ learned the Cards could still land Quentin Snider. That certainly now seems to be the case according to chatter on @IllinoisLoyalty and UL sites now as well that have just caught a whiff of these rumors. Landing Snider would be a HUGE boost to the Cardinals already super class. As we are not saying this will happen we do believe it will. Stay Tuned.
Earlier this evening, Louisville commit Quentin Snider (Ballard High School) decided to open up his recruitment. There were rumors about it happening, and Snider confirmed it with this tweet.
It is obvious that the class of 2014 is shaping up to be one of the best in Rick Pitino’s years at UofL. Here is just a quick look at the current commits so far. This won’t be the full class, but these 3 are worth taking a look at!
Quentin Snider (@QuentinSnider4)
Louisville, KY (Ballard) 6’1 160 lbs
Scout: 4*; #7 PG in the nation
ESPN: 4*; 28th in ESPN Top 100; #7 PG in the nation
2012-13 Ballard High School Boys Basketball Schedule via KHSAA.org
|Nov 27, 12||Scott County||away||79||- 70||(W)||no|
|Nov 30, 12||Travis (Fort Bend, Richmond), TX||at Marshall County||76||- 78||(L)||no||Marshall County Hoopfest|
|Dec 4, 12||Atherton||away||6:00 PM|
|Dec 11, 12||Jeffersonville, IN||away||7:30 PM|
|Dec 15, 12||Indianapolis Cathedral, IN||6:00 PM|
|Dec 19, 12||TBA||at Fairdale||King of the Bluegrass|
|Dec 19, 12||Butler||at Fairdale||9:00 PM||King of the Bluegrass|
|Dec 26, 12||TBA||at Ocala, FL||Kingdom of the Sun Tournament|
|Dec 31, 12||Jesuit (Tampa), FL||away||3:00 PM|
|Jan 8, 13||Central||away||7:30 PM|
|Jan 11, 13||DuPont Manual||away||7:30 PM|
|Jan 22, 13||Seneca||home||7:30 PM|
|Jan 25, 13||St. Xavier||away||7:30 PM|
|Jan 26, 13||Christian Academy-Louisville||away||7:30 PM|
|Jan 29, 13||Fern Creek||away||7:30 PM|
|Feb 1, 13||Waggener||home||7:30 PM|
|Feb 5, 13||Kentucky Country Day||home||7:30 PM|
|Feb 8, 13||Eastern||home||7:30 PM|
|Feb 12, 13||Jeffersontown||home||7:30 PM|
|Feb 15, 13||Male||home||7:30 PM|