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.
Rick Pitino called into the Terry Meiners show on 840 WHAS on Wednesday evening to talk about the Cards’ game against Michigan State, Tom Brady, and much more.
This past weekend was a big one on the basketball recruiting front. Of course, the Cards don’t have many scholarships over the next couple of years, so you won’t hear too many names that they are going after. However, the weekend did produce the news that a 5-star small forward in the class of 2016 will be taking an official visit to Louisville.
It was a strange Friday night for Louisville target Maverick Rowan. The Cards have one spot left to fill for next season’s team. That spot looks to be reserved for Rowan, and if he can’t reclassify to 2015, the scholarship may just be saved and not used for this season.
Rowan was in Lexington on Friday playing in the Nike Elite Youth Basketball League. Yes, Nike. Not only that, he played for the Each1Teach1 team, better known as E1T1. That is the same team that Antonio Blakeney played for. Remember Blakeney committed to Louisville and then about (what seemed like) 10 seconds later, he decommitted and ultimately ended up choosing LSU, a Nike school.
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It became official on Thursday that Ralph Willard will be coming back to UofL to join Rick Pitino’s staff as an assistant coach. Willard was on staff at Louisville from 2009-2011 and has also coached with Rick Pitino with the New York Knicks (1987-89) and the University of Kentucky (1989-90). He has coached the game of basketball for 39 years. I don’t need to go into his records at all of his stops. The man has proven he knows the game of basketball.
What is interesting about this hire is some of the reaction it has gotten. I certainly didn’t think I would need to defend this hire, but here we go. Here are some quotes I saw about Willard while searching the interwebs.
Rick Pitino just wrapped up his press conference where he talked about new transfer Damion Lee, new assistant Ralph Willard, and the Cards’ trip to Puerto Rico this summer. He obviously said a lot of things worth mentioning, but one thing near the end seemed to stick out when talking about the offense.