Rick Pitino spoke to the media on Wednesday evening at Captain’s Quarters, which hosted a fan event to talk about the teams at UofL as they enter the ACC. Even though football starts Monday, when Rick Pitino talks for 7 minutes about basketball, you listen. The video comes from Howie Lindsey of CardinalSports.com.
With all of the freshman now on campus for the University of Louisville basketball team, the roster on GoCards.com has now been updated. This includes what numbers each player will wear.
|#||NAME||HT||WT||POS||CL||HOMETOWN (PREVIOUS SCHOOL)|
|0||Terry Rozier||6-1||185||G||SO||Cleveland, Ohio (Shaker Heights/Hargrave Military Academy)|
|1||Anton Gill||6-3||185||G||SO||Raleigh, N.C. (Ravenscroft/Hargrave Military Academy)|
|2||Quentin Snider||6-1||170||G||FR||Louisville, Ky. (Ballard)|
|3||Chris Jones||5-10||175||G||SR||Memphis, Tenn. (NW Florida State College)|
|4||Dillon Avare||6-0||150||G||RS FR||Lexington, Ky. (Lexington Catholic)|
|5||Matz Stockman||7-2||240||F/C||FR||Oslo, Norway (Canaria Basketball Academy)|
|10||Jaylen Johnson||6-9||215||F||FR||Ypsilanti, Mich. (Ypsilanti)|
|12||Mangok Mathiang||6-10||210||F/C||RS SO||Melbourne, Australia (IMG Academy (Fla.))|
|14||Anas Mahmoud||7-1||205||F||FR||Cairo, Egypt (West Oaks Academy)|
|15||Trent Gilbert||6-0||180||G||FR||Georgetown, Ky. (Scott County)|
|21||Shaqquan Aaron||6-7||175||G||FR||Seattle, Wash. (Ranier Beach)|
|22||Akoy Agau||6-8||230||F||SO||Omaha, Neb. (Omaha Central)|
|23||David Levitch||6-3||180||G||SO||Goshen, Ky. (North Oldham)|
|24||Montrezl Harrell||6-8||240||F||JR||Tarboro, N.C. (Hargrave Military Academy)|
|25||Wayne Blackshear||6-5||230||G/F||SR||Chicago, Ill. (Morgan Park)|
|32||Chinanu Onuaku||6-10||230||F/C||FR||Lanham, Md. (Riverdale Baptist)|
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!
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
According to Jeff Greer of the Courier Journal Louisville freshman Jaylen Johnson is now enrolled at the school.
Johnson's academic paperwork required some extensive examination by the NCAA eligibility center but Pitino's confidence/patience rewarded.—
Jeff Greer (@jeffgreer_cj) August 25, 2014
The Cards are expecting the 6’9 Johnson to give them minutes on the floor this season. Johnson is a versatile PF that will help back up Montrezl Harrell and could see limited minutes at the 3. Johnson will be behind the other freshman but seems to have been working hard on condition and ball skills while awaiting this process. All of the Cards 2014 class are now on campus.
Our guys at Courtside Films are back with another great mix tape. The Cards look like they may have gotten the steal of the 2015 class with Donovan Mitchell. Sit back and enjoy! #L1C4
Well Rick Pitino will still be hosting a big-time recruit on Labor Day Weekend, but just not the one we expected. Perry Dozier was supposed to be making an official visit, but he has pushed back all of his visits and will likely check out UofL on October 3rd. However, 5-star shooting guard Antonio Blakeney will be on campus this weekend at UofL.
We have heard rave reviews about Montrezl and Rozier all summer but they aren’t the only ones who have improved. This Chris Jones highlight from Adidas Nations should open a lot of eyes to just how good this back court can be.
Antonio Blakeney is one of the 3 candidates to fill the last scholarship in 2015 for the Cards. This video will explain why.
As most of you know by now I am a HUGE PJ Dozier fan. Take a few minutes to watch this highlight and you will see why he is far and away my choice to fill that last 2015 scholarship for the Cards. At 6’6 Dozier can do it all but it’s his ability to pass the basketball that leaves me saying wow. In the words of Louisville Commit Donovan Mitchell #DozierToTheVille!!
On top of being named to the Elite 24 roster last week, it was announced that Louisville Commit Donovan Mitchell would also be playing in the Nike Global Challenge. Mitchell will play on the East team along with Louisville SG Target Prince Ali. Mitchell tweeted earlier today that his game tomorrow can be viewed on the Nike EBYL website at 11:00 EST.
The University of Louisville has announced a couple more starting times for games in the upcoming 2014-15 season. Yesterday it was announced that the Battle of the Bluegrass between Louisville and Kentucky will take place at 2:00 p.m. ET. It was already known that the game would be on Saturday December 27 and on ESPN2.
This years College Basketball preseason edition of Sporting News ranks the Cards at #7. Sporting News also has 3 other ACC teams (Duke, UNC, and Virginia) in the top 10. IMO anywhere between 7-12 is a fair ranking for Louisville this season. Regardless of ranking there is no doubt that this will be one of the best conferences we have seen in awhile. #ACC
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.
According to UofL Sports Information Director Kenny Klein, the Louisville vs Kentucky basketball game on December 27 will tip at 2:00 p.m. ET. The football game between the two schools will happen on November 29, so these games will happen within 1 month of each other. Thanksgiving could be interesting if you are in a split family!
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!
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
Rick Pitino just landed a commitment from his guy when 4-star PG/SG Donovan Mitchell committed to Louisville. The 6’3 180 lb guard cut his list down to 5: Louisville, FSU, Providence, Boston College, and Villanova before choosing the Cards. There may not have been a player this summer gain more than Mitchell. Mitchell was an under the radar guy this spring, but it didn’t take long for the likes of Louisville, Kansas, Florida, UCONN, and UNC to pursue the explosive guard. Mitchell may very well be a 5-star player when it is all said and done.
According to Adam Zagoria Louisville is no longer in the mix for 5 star PG Isaiah Briscoe. In this weeks CSZ recruiting Notebook we said we should find out the answer to the question of just how interested the Cards were in Briscoe with Trier pledging to Arizona. Looks like we now have our answer. The more the summer went on the less Coach Pitino watched the NJ point guard so this isn’t to big of a shock. It looks like Pitino and company are going all in to land two of the four out of Donovan Mitchell, PJ Dozier, Prince Ali and Antonio Blakeney. Mitchell, Dozier, Ali and Blakeney will all visit within the month.
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.
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
We posted earlier about the dominance of Montrezl Harrell at the Adidas Nations camp. While he has been dominate, he isn’t the only Cardinal showing his skills. Louisville’s back court of Terry Rozier and Chris Jones has also been drawing rave reviews. NBC Sports’s Raphielle Johnson and Scott Phillips had this to say about the Cardinals duo:
The Cards have 3 counselors (Montrezl Harrell, Terry Rozier, and Chris Jones) at the Adidas Nation camp this week which is impressive all by itself. All seem to be performing well but Montrezl Harrell seems to be showing his dominance. Hardwood Insider (who is at the Adidas Nations) had this to say about Harrell: