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CSZ Basketball Recruiting Notebook 8/25/14

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By Justin Renck and Steve Rummage:

In our basketball recruiting notebook, we fill you in on where the Cards stand with their top targets in the class of 2015. This week we we have a big target who was scheduled to visit, but now will push that back. But on the flip side, another 5-star guard will be in town this coming weekend!

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Donovan Mitchell Donovan Mitchell (Commit) – It has been fun watching Mitchell’s rise from sleeper to star. At last week’s Elite 24 game the 6’3 guard added to that status. Mitchell finished 3rd in the Elite 24 dunk contest and completely stole the show with this dunk that made the ESPN SportsCenter top 10:

As far as recruiting goes, Mitchell seems to be recruiting PJ Dozier, Derrick Jones, and Antonio Blakeney to Louisville with him. Mitchell has a close friendship with Jones and Dozier, but is intrigued with playing along side a guard with the talent of Blakeney. One thing for sure is which ever guard ends up grabbing that last scholarship is sure to have an absolute stud (Mitchell) playing beside them. -Steve Rummage

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CSZ Basketball Recruiting Notebook 8/18/14

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By Justin Renck and Steve Rummage:

In our basketball recruiting notebook, we fill you in on where the Cards stand with their top targets in the class of 2015. This week we remove two targets off the board as well as add a new face. Enjoy this week’s notebook!

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Donovan Mitchell Donovan Mitchell (Commit) – Mitchell had another impressive week, leading his East team to the Nike Global Challenge Finals. In Friday’s Semi-Final, Mitchell put up 12 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 block, and 1 steal in a win against the South team featuring Antonio Blakeney and Jaylen Brown. Now Mitchell will turn his attention to the Elite 24 game on August 23rd. -Steve Rummage

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247 Sports Updates Their Basketball Recruit Rankings

Donovan Mitchell. Photo: 247 Sports

Donovan Mitchell. Photo: 247 Sports

247 Sports just updated their rankings for basketball recruits in the class of 2015. The Louisville Cardinals have all 3 of their commits in the top 30 overall.  

Raymond Spalding made the biggest leap of any of the future Cards, jumping up 59 spots from #80 to #21 overall. He also was upgraded to a 5-star player. He was previously a 4-star.

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CSZ Basketball Recruiting Notebook 8/11/14

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By Justin Renck and Steve Rummage:

In our basketball recruiting notebook, we fill you in on where the Cards stand with their top targets in the class of 2015. The Cards gained their third commit for 2015 this week, and possibly have one more target in mind. Enjoy this week’s notebook!

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Donovan Mitchell Donovan Mitchell (Commit) – Rick Pitino got his guy when PG Donovon Mitchell announced he had committed to Louisville. Mitchell gave his commitment to the Cards this past weekend while on campus for his official visit. While Mitchell cut his list to 5 last week, the 6’3 PG told Steve Jones of the Courier Journal he “had been set on committing to U of L for about the last two weeks”. In the same article, Mitchell told Jones, “I had a dream I was playing in front of 22,000 (at the KFC Yum! Center), and that’s when I told my parents that I want to commit to Louisville.” Mitchell’s commitment to Louisville drew high praise from people around the country, including the ACC Sports Journal who tweeted this about the Cards 2015 class, “With Deng Adel, Raymond Spalding, and Donovan Mitchell locked in,  Louisville may have the top 2015 class in the ACC. Pitino getting it done”. This week Donovan Mitchell was also named to the Elite 24 game held on August 23rd in Brooklyn. Look for Mitchell to vault up the updated rankings in the coming weeks. -Steve Rummage

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CSZ Basketball Recruiting Notebook 8/4/14

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By Justin Renck and Steve Rummage:

In our basketball recruiting notebook, we fill you in on where the Cards stand with their top targets in the class of 2015. With small forward Deng Adel and power forward Raymond Spalding already committed, the focus is now on backcourt players.

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Donovan Mitchell – Mitchell cut his list to 5 on Sunday: Louisville, Villanova, FSU, Boston College, and Providence. It is always big news when you make the final 5, but the even bigger news here is the absence of Kansas and UNC. Both came after Mitchell hard in recent weeks but now the Cards look like the lone top tier program left in the race. Providence has spent the most time on Mitchell. The Friers had a coach at every single game the 6’3 point guard played this summer. Mitchell will take an unofficial visit to Villanova today (Monday) before heading to Louisville on Thursday for an official. Nova seems to be in much better position than most think, but look for Pitino and company to try to lock this one up this week if possible. -Steve Rummage

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CSZ Basketball Recruiting Notebook 7/28/14

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By Justin Renck and Steve Rummage:

A few weeks ago we started a new weekly series that will update you on where the Cards stand with their top basketball recruiting targets for the class of 2015. We release a new post every Monday and give any updates there may be. Rather than talk about every recruit out there that Louisville has just talked to or looked at, we will focus on the main guys that the Cards are going after and have a shot at landing. So you can get familiar with these names and not have to worry about 20 different players to learn about.

With the July evaluation period coming to a close, this past week brought us some updates. Enjoy this week’s notebook!
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CSZ Basketball Recruiting Notebook 7/21/14

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By Justin Renck and Steve Rummage:

A few weeks ago we started a new weekly series that will update you on where the Cards stand with their top basketball recruiting targets for the class of 2015. We release a new post every Monday and give any updates there may be. Rather than talk about every recruit out there that Louisville has just talked to or looked at, we will focus on the main guys that the Cards are going after and have a shot at landing. So you can get familiar with these names and not have to worry about 20 different players to learn about.

With the July evaluation period in full swing, this past week brought us a good amount of updates to the notebook. The Cards have landed two commits so far, and spent a lot of time watching some of the top guards in the class. Enjoy this week’s notebook!

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Isaiah Bricsoe – Briscoe continued to show why he is a 5-star PG this week, leading his team to the Peach Jam Championship. Briscoe really is the total package when it comes to playing the point guard position. Arizona and Louisville still look like the favorites to land Briscoe. This week Briscoe had this to say about the Cards to Adam Zagoria. “[Pitino] is a Hall of Fame coach. From what I hear, he lets his guards go. I can see that he runs a three-guard offense, lot of pick-and-rolls and things like that. I just want to go somewhere where I can play my game.”  Pitino spent a lot of time watching Briscoe this week and left no doubt that the Cards are VERY interested in him. Briscoe told Steve Jones of the Courier Journal that the Cards played his style of play, so are the feelings mutual? Most are pegging Briscoe to Arizona but if Allonzo Trier were to pop for the Wildcats, keep a very close eye on Briscoe. -Steve Rummage

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Raymond Spalding commits to Louisville!

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Raymond Spalding has just become the 2nd commitment in the class of 2015 for Rick Pitino and the Cards. The power forward from right here in town (Trinity High School) is listed at 6’9 and 200 lbs and he is a 4-star prospect across the four major recruiting sites. He chose the Cards over Indiana and Xavier. Duke had also started to show interest as of late.

Throughout this summer and the AAU season, Spalding has seen his stock rise. He was on the radar for the Cards of course, but he wasn’t thought to be a front-runner in the minds of the coaches. Even when he visited in June and left campus with an offer, you got the feeling that 5-star Stephen Zimmerman was still option #1 and Spalding may be the backup plan.

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Summer Thoughts

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So this has been one interesting summer. I have been swamped with work (a good thing) and we are now in the ACC! I am so excited about that part. The purgatory known as the AAC is over and now it is on to the next chapter of our greatness….the A-C-C

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It’s so pretty….

Well let’s go over some things that have happened this summer. Teddy signed with the Vikings, Pryor with the Jets, Smith with the Eagles, Philon with the Steelers, Copeland with the Jags and Perry with the Bears. A pretty eventful summer for the former football Cards. We are all so very proud.

The Baseball team also had a crazy amount of signees to MLB teams. We definitely lost a ton of talent

Congrats to those guys as well…..

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CSZ Basketball Recruiting Notebook 7/7/14

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By Justin Renck and Steve Rummage:

Last week we started a new weekly series that will update you on where the Cards stand with their top basketball recruiting targets for the class of 2015. We plan to release a new post every Monday and give any updates there may be. Rather than talk about every recruit out there that Louisville has just talked to or looked at, we will focus on the main guys that the Cards are going after and have a shot at landing. So you can get familiar with these names and not have to worry about 20 different players to learn about.

There weren’t any major changes in the past week, but there are still some updates. The month of July should bring us plenty of new information with AAU season in full swing. There are major camps such as the LeBron James Skills Academy, Peach Jam, and AAU Nationals, which are held in Louisville this year.

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CSZ Basketball Recruiting Notebook 6/30/14

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By Justin Renck and Steve Rummage:

We are excited to begin a new weekly series that will update you on where the Cards stand with their top basketball recruiting targets for the class of 2015. The plan is to release a new post every Monday and give any updates there may be. Rather than talk about every recruit out there that Louisville has just talked to or looked at, we will focus on the main guys that the Cards are going after and have a shot at landing. So you can get familiar with these names and not have to worry about 20 different players to learn about. Hope you enjoy, here we go…

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Recruit to Watch: PF Raymond Spalding

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Raymond Spalding

Class of 2015

6’9   200 lbs

Louisville, Kentucky (Trinity)

College List: Louisville, Indiana, Butler, Xavier, Clemson, Boston College, Northwestern, Tennessee, Vanderbilt, Western Kentucky, Cleveland State, and more.

ESPN: 4-star player. Top player in the state of Kentucky. 21st best power forward in the country.

247 Sports:  4-star player. Top player in Kentucky. 11th best power forward in the country. 55th best player in the country.

Rivals: 4-star player. 71st overall player in the country.

Scout: 4-star player. 12th best power forward in the country. 65th best player in the country.

Scout.com has this to say about Spalding:

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Trinity’s Raymond Spalding to visit Louisville on Wednesday

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Scout.com’s Jody Demling tweeted on Tuesday night that Trinity big man Raymond Spalding will be at Louisville for an unofficial visit on Wednesday.

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Spalding is in the class of 2015 so he is entering his senior season for the Trinity Shamrocks. He is listed at 6’9 and 200 lbs. Across all four major recruiting sites (ESPN, 247 Sports, Rivals, Scout) he is listed as a 4-star prospect.

If you put stock into the Crystal Ball predictions on 247 Sports, you will like this one. Spalding is at 94% for Louisville. It would be pretty exciting to see Spalding and Quentin Snider leading the Cards in a couple years.

 

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