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Louisville Basketball commit Donovan Mitchell ask teacher not to use blue pen

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Louisville commit Donovan Mitchell ask his Brewster Academy teacher to not use blue pens on his paper and stick to solely red. I think Donovan understands this rivalry:

Mitchell tagged fellow 2015 commits Ray Spalding and Deg Adel in the post. I’m already starting to love this class!

 

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Louisville Basketball Red/White Scrimmage Recap

Photo: Nick Stover @ULFlyingCard

Photo: Nick Stover @ULFlyingCard

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.

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Lineups for the Red/White Scrimmage (10/19)

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The Louisville basketball team will hold the first of two Red/White Scrimmages today at the KFC Yum Center. This will be the first time the fans get a look at the preseason top 10 Cards. The lineups for today’s game are as follows:

Red Team:

Wayne Blackshear

Terry Rozier

Quentin Snider

Mangok Mathiang

Jaylen Johnson

Chinanu Onuaku

Dillon Avare

 

White Team:

Anton Gill

Chris Jones

Montrezl Harrell

Shaqquan Aaron

Anas Mahmoud

Matz Stockman

Trent Gilbert

David Levitch

Louisville Basketball held closed scrimmage on Sunday

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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.

From GoCards.com:

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.

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Rick Pitino gives update on team, talks shoe companies, and how to deal with UK fans (Full Press Conference)

Rick Pitino was in rare preseason form today when he sat down in front of reporters. Pitino gave great updates on the incoming team letting everyone know he is really excited about the starting 5. Pitino also was asked about the relationships with shoe companies and recruits and lets just say he didn’t hold anything back. Ah Pitino we have missed you.

Pitino having an In-Home visit with top 2015 hoops target tonight

Photo: 247 Sports

Photo: 247 Sports

According to Evan Daniels of Scout.com Rick Pitino is in South Carolina to see top target Perry Dozier tonight.

This makes the second time in a month that Pitino has been down to see Dozier making it clear he is the Cards guy. Dozier will be in Louisville for the FSU game on an official visit. A commitment from Dozier would solidify the best class Pitino has ever had at Louisville.

Louisville Basketball comes in at #7 in Yahoo Sports Preseason poll

Nick Stover @ULFlyingCard

Nick Stover @ULFlyingCard

Last week the Cards came in at #7 in Sporting News Preseason poll. Now for the second time the Cards find themselves at #7 but this time in the Yahoo Sports preseason poll. Yahoo looked at the best and worst case scenario’s for their top 25:

7. LOUISVILLE
Last year’s record: 31-6, 15-3
Key returners: F Montrezl Harrell, G Terry Rozier, G Chris Jones, F Wayne Blackshear, F/C Mangok Mathiang, G Anton Gill
Notable newcomers: G Quentin Snider, F Jaylen Johnson, F/C Chinanu Onuaku, G Shaqquan Aaron

Best-case scenario: Finally free to run the show now that All-American Russ Smith has moved on to the professional ranks, Jones and Rozier show why Rick Pitino has been touting them all offseason. Jones, quicker and faster after shedding 10 pounds, excels attacking the rim and making plays off the dribble.Rozier validates the glowing reviews he received on the summer camp circuit and leaves scouts drooling by the end of his breakout season. The emergence of that guard duo ensures Louisville has the perimeter weapons it needs to complement a frontcourt highlighted by one of the best big men in the nation in Harrell. The 6-foot-8 junior returns more well-rounded, having added improved free throw shooting and an array of low post moves to his already-established prowess gobbling up rebounds and finishing at the rim. Fueled by that trio of all-league candidates and a talented supporting cast, Louisville has little trouble adjusting in its debut season in the ACC. The Cards sweep the regular season and tournament titles, a warning shot to Duke and North Carolina that Tobacco Road is no longer the ACC’s power center. Louisville’s dream season ends in ideal fashion as the Cards topple Kentucky in an all-Bluegrass national title game on a Harrell put-back slam at the buzzer. Pitino tattoos a picture of the play on his chest and vows to name his next Kentucky Derby-caliber horse after Harrell.

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ESPN says the Cards Small Forward battle could be “one of the most intriguing position battles in the country”

(Shaqquan Aaron #21)

(Shaqquan Aaron #21)

ESPN released their list of the top 10 reserves in the country today and Louisville freshman Shaqquan Aaron came in at number 7.

7. Shaqquan Aaron, Louisville Cardinals

The fight for playing time in Louisville will be intense in 2014-15. Aaron, an explosive wing from Seattle who will likely begin the season on the bench, will push Wayne Blackshear for minutes at the small forward throughout the season in one of the most intriguing position battles in the country.

 We are all expecting Wayne Blackshear to break out this season and become what has now been tabbed as “High School Wayne”. This will be necessary if the Senior wants to hold on to that starting job because Freshman Shaq Aaron can flat out play! Either way the Cards look to have a loaded roster again and October 19th (Red/White Game) can’t get here soon enough.

 

Louisville Basketball ranked #7 by Sporting News (ACC well represented)

Photo: yahoo.com

Photo: yahoo.com

By all accounts the Cardinal basketball team will be in the top 10 when the polls come out in the coming weeks. Sporting News also believes this and placed the Cards at #7 in their pre season top 25 and had this to say:

Notable games on the schedule: Nov. 14 vs. Minnesota (in Puerto Rico); Dec. 2 vs. Ohio State; Dec. 27 vs. Kentucky; Jan. 17 vs. Duke; Jan. 31 vs. North Carolina; Feb. 7 at Virginia. 

What worries us now: Russ Smith was so enormous for the Cardinals the past two seasons that even with able players taking over – Terry Rozier for instance has a chance to be a star – it’s reasonable to wonder how long the transition to playing without the Russdiculous factor might take   

Why we still believe: Montrezl Harrell could be the nation’s top player. 

He is physically powerful, plays team first ball, and moves his feet beautifully on defense and rebounds. Plus he can score in a variety of ways. Coach Rick Pitino will put him in good situations. He might be good enough to carry the team at times. 

I think #7 is about right for the Cards. I enjoyed the quote “Montrezl Harrell could be the nation’s top player” I could get on board with that. As far as schedule the Cards would play 6 top 25 teams including 2 of them twice (UNC, Virginia). The ACC aka the greatest conference in college basketball has 5 teams ranked in the top 25 (Duke, UNC, Louisville, Virginia, Syracuse)  including 4 of the top 8!! Basketball Practice starts today folks!! #L1C4

Louisville Basketball’s 1st Red/White Scrimmage to be televised

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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.

Pitino with another 2015 trick up his sleeve??

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Could Pitino have another move up his sleeve for the 2015 class? According to Justin Young of Hoopseen.com it seems very possible.

6’9 Yankuba Sima could very well be the next diamond in the rough steal for Pitino. At 18 years old Sima is projected to go #19 in the 1st round of the 2016 NBA Draft by draftexpress.com. Jonathan Givony of Draft Express had this to say about Sima’s upside:

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Louisville Basketball new uniforms? (Pictures)

Nick Stover @ULFlyingCard

Nick Stover @ULFlyingCard

No official word as of yet but it looks like the Cards will wear these this season……….well at least we have alternates right?

Nick Stover @ULFlyingCard

Nick Stover @ULFlyingCard

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Perry Dozier will make an official visit to Louisville

Photo: 247 Sports

Photo: 247 Sports

Recruiting is a crazy thing. Just a couple of weeks ago, the Cards had a commitment from 5-star Antonio Blakeney and had backed off of 6’6 combo guard Perry Dozier. You know the story: Blakeney decommits, and the Cards try to get back in the mix for Dozier. Rick Pitino and Kenny Johnson spent Wednesday evening giving Dozier an in home visit, and it certainly paid off. Dozier had 4 official visits lined up and had 1 more opening, and he will use that for a trip to UofL’s campus.

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New highlight of Top 2016 Louisville Basketball recruit Abdul Ado

2016 Center Abdul Ado is the top target for the Cards. I really want to see this kid in a Louisville jersey! Watch this video from our guys at Courtside Films and you will see why. Follow Abdul Ado on twitter @AbdulhakimAdo

<p><a href=”http://vimeo.com/106934496″>%5BSummer Mixtape] Ado Abdulhakim</a> from <a href=”http://vimeo.com/user31493542″>Johnny Hines</a> on <a href=”https://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a&gt;.</p>

Rick Pitino Will Visit P.J. Dozier Next Week

Perry Dozier

It looks like P.J. Dozier is definitely back in the mix to get the last spot in the 2015 class that Antonio Blakeney had for a solid 11 days. We knew that the Cards would be interested in him again, but would he listen to them? Well that question has been answered, and it’s yes. Next Wednesday, Rick Pitino will make the trip to South Carolina to have an in-home visit with Dozier and his family, Steve Jones of the Courier-Journal writes.

The in-home visit will determine if Louisville gets one of Dozier’s five official visits in the next few weeks. Right now, four of them are already set: Michigan (Sept. 26), North Carolina (Oct. 3), Georgetown (Oct. 17), and South Carolina (Oct. 24).

This is from the article:

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Louisville no longer recruiting Blakeney; Dozier still in the mix?

Photo: Chris O'Meara/Associated Press

Photo: Chris O’Meara/Associated Press

According to Steve Jones of the Courier-Journal, UofL has decided to move on from Antonio Blakeney. They will not continue to recruit him after the 5-star shooting guard decommitted. This is not a big surprise, as Coach Pitino very rarely continues to recruit guys that decommit. Quentin Snider was more of an exception and not the rule.

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Who fills Louisville Basketball’s last 2015 Scholarship?

Photo: Chris O'Meara/Associated Press

Photo: Chris O’Meara/Associated Press

Last night 5 star SG Antonio Blakeney announced his decommitment from Louisville (which shocked nobody). The Cards still have Donovan Mitchell, Deng Adel, and Raymond Spalding in the fold but will look to sign at least one more. Let’s take a look at the candidates to fill that spot.

Most Likely:

Photo: 247 Sports

Photo: 247 Sports

PJ Dozier

Position: PG/SG

6’7/ 180 lbs

The Cards were in a very good position to land Dozier before the commitment of Antonio Blakeney. Some believe the Cards may have even been very close to landing a commitment from the 6’7 guard. Dozier had a visit to Louisville set up for October 3rd but will now visit UNC that day. Dozier’s father told Steve Jones of the Courier Journal that the Dozier family had not heard from the Cards since AB commitment but would be open to listening to the Cards again. Many people including 2015 commit Donovan Mitchell have made it known that they would love to see Dozier in a Louisville jersey. The question now is can Pitino make it happen.

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Antonio Blakeney Opens Up Recruitment

Photo: preps.heraldtribune.com

Photo: preps.heraldtribune.com

Antonio Blakeney has just opened up his recruitment, according to ESPN’s Reggie Rankin. Rick Pitino was supposed to go visit him in Florida on Wednesday. Obviously, that will not happen now. Here are some tweets from this happening.

This has a very BLUE feel to it if you ask me.

ESPN Updates Basketball Recruiting Rankings

ESPN.com has updated their top 100 college basketball recruiting rankings for the class of 2015. The 4 commitments for the Louisville Cardinals are all in the top 51. Here is how they are ranked in the latest rankings on ESPN…

Antonio Blakeney 14) Antonio Blakeney: 5-star; #2 SG

Deng Adel 29) Deng Adel: 4-star; #6 SF

Donovan Mitchell 37) Donovan Mitchell: 4-star; #10 SG (will likely play PG at Louisville)

Raymond Spalding 51) Raymond Spalding: 4-star; #11 PF

And also, the Cards also have the #1 class in the country according to ESPN.

Basketball Recruit to Watch: Tyus Battle

Photo: Jason Towlen/Staff Photographer/My Central Jersey

Photo: Jason Towlen/Staff Photographer/My Central Jersey

With the class of 2015 wrapped up for Rick Pitino, the weekly CSZ Recruiting Notebook is also on a break right now. We will return with it around the time that basketball season starts and get you introduced to some of the guys in the 2016 class.

One of the players surely to make the list will be Tyus Battle. He is a 6’6 shooting guard from Edison, New Jersey. He is a consensus 5-star player on the four major recruiting sites. Here is how he ranks on each site:

247 Sports: #11 overall, #3 SG

ESPN: #15 overall, #4 SG

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