Markelle Fultz is a consensus 5-star shooting guard on the four major recruiting sites, and he will officially visit the Louisville Cardinals on Wednesday, August 5. Fultz has set two official visits so far, Louisville and Arizona. He will visit Arizona on August 8. Players only get five official visits, so this is pretty big.
The Courier Journal’s Jeff Greer has an extensive Q&A with Rick Pitino posted and it covers a lot of topics. It really is an informative read. I just wanted to point out a part of it that is interesting when he talks about this season’s team. We knew that the chemistry wasn’t the best last year. In fact, I found it hard to cheer for the team sometimes. They weren’t unlikeable, they just maybe weren’t as likeable as I would have wanted to see. That is just a personal opinion, but one that I know some people do share. Something was just different.
Pitino mentioned it several times last year. Chinanu Onuaku addressed it while practicing for the USA U19 team. The older guys hung out with their girlfriends and the younger guys mainly hung out with each other. The older guys didn’t have patience they needed. It was like a team divided. That should not be a problem this season, and here is some of that Q&A where Pitino discusses it with Greer. He says that this team could be a fan favorite…
Here we go, the first official CSZ Basketball Recruiting Notebook of the 2016 recruiting season! A few days ago, I posted a preliminary one with just the list of names that would likely be in this first notebook. Just kind of something to get you informed on the players and what was to come. Now it is time to give a little more information on each of the targets for UofL and where the Cards stand with some of them.
If you kept up with us last year, you know that this is still pretty early in the recruiting season. As time goes on, things will begin to take shape and pictures will become clear. Players will commit to schools and be removed from the list, and things will start to narrow down. For example, there are already a couple of players that will be on this first list, and that is likely it for him unless something drastically changes.
At the time of posting this, Louisville has three scholarships for 2016. V.J. King has one of them. If Maverick Rowan commits to UofL and will be in 2015, then that will mean that there are only two for next season, with King having one. So that would mean there is only one more spot to fill. So that stuff will depend on what happens with Maverick Rowan, quite possibly this week.
Steve Rummage and I have split up the list and will each give our insight into those players. Hope you enjoy!
Not going to do a long post about this one. Just going to leave this tweet here and you can make of it what you will.
According to CBS Sports, the Louisville Cardinals had the second best 2014-15 season in college sports behind only Ohio State. Five sports were rated: football, men’s basketball, women’s basketball, baseball, and a “wild card” sport. According to the article, the wild-card spot went to the most successful among the school’s following spectator sports: softball, men’s lacrosse, men’s ice hockey, men’s soccer, wrestling, volleyball, women’s soccer or women’s gymnastics.
Here is a little more explanation of how this was calculated:
Taylor County High School 4-star guard Quentin Goodin (class of 2016) recently released a top 5 list that was Louisville, Western Kentucky, Xavier, Florida, and Miami. Now it appears that the Cards are out of the mix, and Michigan is in.
Even if things are a big deal, I usually downplay them and talk about why they aren’t. If everyone else gets riled up about a story, that is usually when I back away from it and just move on, to be different I guess. So I am not one to see something little and blow it out of proportion. But there has been something lately that just strikes me as “weird” I guess. The difference in Terry Rozier and Montrezl Harrell since the NBA Draft and the way that Rick Pitino has talked about each one has been very noticeable.
Here is the audio clip from Rick Pitino’s appearance on 840 WHAS with Terry Meiners. He gives high praise to Trey Lewis, talks about the upcoming trip to Puerto Rico for the Cards, and gives advice to players that are drafted into the NBA.
Man there is nothing like being a fan of the Louisville Cardinals. Thank you Mike (Crums Revenge); you have done it again.
Quentin Goodin is a 4-star combo guard in the class of 2016 that plays for Taylor County High School in Campbellsville, Kentucky. On Tuesday, he released his top five schools: Louisville, Florida, Xavier, Miami, and Western Kentucky.
Standing around 6’3 and 180 lbs, Goodin is considered to be a top 100 player in the country in his class according to all four major recruiting sites. He has been on the radar for the Cards for quite some time now.
Count me in as someone who thought that if Maverick Rowan were to reclassify to 2015, the Louisville Cardinals were a sure thing to land the 6’7 sharp shooter. When the news broke last night that Rowan was, in fact, enrolled in classes that would allow him to reclassify, I thought it was only a matter of time before Rowan joined the recruiting class for the Cards.
Not so fast my friend…
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.
Chinanu Onuaku was 14-30 from the free throw line last season for 46.7%. Near the end of the season, head coach Rick Pitino said that Onuaku had been practicing free throws underhanded. It turns out that the underhanded method just may be a thing for Onuaku this coming season. He has even started to utilize the shot while he is in Colorado trying out for the USA U19 World Championship Team.
The Louisville Cardinals just got some great news as V.J. King, a 6’7 5-star small forward in the class of 2016, committed to the Cards. King is a 5-star player on all four major recruiting sites. I posted about a month ago that King was a “recruit to watch” for Louisville fans, which means there was a good chance he would commit. If you read that, you got to know a little more about him. If not, I will list some things below about where he ranks on different sites.
It felt like I just made up the years when I typed the title to this. Actually typing out the year “2025” made me think that there should be hoverboards and flying cars by then. If so, maybe that is how Rick Pitino will get to the KFC Yum! Center because the University of Louisville has extended his contract through the 2025-26 season.
Some Rick Pitino stats from GoCards.com:
There is always something to talk about in the world of UofL sports, even basketball in the month of June. Newcomers on campus, upcoming trips, and injuries unfortunately. This is just a quick rundown to get you caught up on some things lately.
*Chinanu Onuaku has been selected to participate in the U19 USA Basketball Camp that runs June 12-26. There are 24 players invited and the team will be cut down to 12.
*Hopefully this isn’t a sign of things to come in his one year as a Louisville Cardinal, but Trey Lewis already finds himself injured with an abductor strain.
Sophomore Center Chinanu Onuaku was selected as one of 24 players who will be participating in the USA basketball Men’s U19 training camp that will be held in Colorado June 12-26. This camp is a try out to make the 12 man team that will go on to play in the FIBA U19 World Championships later this month in Greece.
The team now coached by Arizona’s Sean Miller is the same team that Montrezl Harrell was a member of in 2013. That summer really helped take Trez’s game to another level and you have to think Pitino hopes to see the same from Nanu.
From Press Release per Louisville SID Kenny Klein:
The 6-10, 230-pound Onuaku from Lanham, Md., started 26 games as a freshman in helping the Cardinals post a 27-9 record last season, reaching the final eight teams in the NCAA Tournament for the fifth time in the last eight years. An All-ACC Academic team selection, Onuaku averaged 3.0 points, 4.6 rebounds and was ninth in the ACC with 42 blocked shots last season.
Per Jon Rothstein of CBS, St. Louis will be one of the non conference games for the Louisville Basketball team this season.
The Cards played St. Louis on their way to the Sweet 16 in 2014 but this will be the first regular season match up since the C-USA days. This is a solid addition to the already tough Louisville schedule and while it may not be a “blockbuster” game it is one that will look good on the resume come March.
One other thing to note, the date and time have not been announced but we do know that the Louisville Football team plays in the Battle of the Bluegrass on Nov. 28th which is the same weekend projected for this game.
If you are a Louisville Basketball fan you have probably heard the name Maverick Rowan. It was widely rumored that Rowan would attempt to finish the last couple classes he needed and graduate this summer. Rowan ran into a problem when his current high school Cardinal Gibbons seemed to not be sure how they could make this work. Last we heard Rowan was looking for a school to make this happen and it appears he may have done just that. Rowan’s father told the following to the Post-Gazette:
“Nothing is definite yet. We just have to make a decision,” said Ron Rowan. “I found a place he can graduate from. He can take the two classes he needs.
“If he decides he wants to go to college [this fall], then that’s a decision that needs to be within the next 10 days, because he will have to start summer school right after school ends [at Cardinal Gibbons]. If he doesn’t go to college, then there is a little bit of time to make a decision.”
Rowan’s father made it clear that the family had 3 options: stay at Cardinal Gibbons, go back to his original high school Lincoln Park, or graduate early and attend college. If Rowan opts for the latter expect him to be in a Louisville uniform next season.