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.
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.
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.
ESPN says the Cards Small Forward battle could be “one of the most intriguing position battles in the country”
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.
UofL SID Kenny Klein announced today via twitter that the Louisville Mens Basketball team has set the dates and times for their annual Red/White Scrimmages.
The Cards are loaded again and this should be the start of what looks to be another special season.
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)|
Rick Pitino met with the media on Wednesday afternoon to give a summer update on the team. It’s only July, and there wasn’t any breaking news, but it sure was nice to hear Coach talk some hoops and about this year’s team! I expected it to be about a 20 minute press conference, but it ended up being just over 45! You can click here to watch the video of the press conference from CourierJournal.com. Below, I will give you the key notes from it…
The new Pelican…
-Pitino started out by talking about Russ Smith. He said that Russ wasn’t pleased with dropping to the 2nd round in the NBA Draft, and wanted to prove people wrong. Instead, Pitino said he should prove people right, and that’s the people that believe in him.
-Also with Russ, he got a guaranteed contract from the Pelicans. That is huge news, as second round picks have to make the team and are not guaranteed a spot just by getting drafted.
I’m not going to say Anas Osama is my favorite Louisville Cardinal……but then again I’m not saying he isn’t either.
Our Louisville Cardinals were one of the featured teams this week on ESPN.com’s “Position Battles”. This weeks battle was at the Small Forward position and looked at Sr. Wayne Blackshear and Frosh. Shaqquan Aaron:
Louisville: Wayne Blackshear vs. Shaqquan Aaron
“In late March, coach Rick Pitino gave reporters this postseason assessment of Wayne Blackshear: “The only player I’ve had in the past four years that hasn’t had substantial improvement is Wayne Blackshear.” That’s not good, but it’s true. Blackshear was a McDonald’s All-American in high school, but the Chicago product suffered a shoulder injury that prevented him from playing in that game, which was held in his hometown after the 2010-11 season. He has never reached that pre-injury promise. So Aaron, a four-star forward from Seattle who is ranked 33rd in the 2014 class by RecruitingNation, could grab minutes from Blackshear if he continues to underwhelm. Louisville has the pieces to compete for the ACC crown in its first year in the league, and Pitino won’t let Blackshear ruin that potential, especially with all of that young talent on his bench.”
I still remain optimistic that Wayne will turn it around this year but Rick made it very clear he will not be afraid to play Shaq. The Red White games may just be highlighted by this match up come October.
This is the Cardinal week in review 4/14/14:
First off, this is the first week without 55 in several months but we had a ton of news. We did see our first edition of 4YourInfo by Daryl though. From TrezL to the road sweep of then #7 Houston, here is the week in review.
MontrezL HarreLL has decided to come back for his Junior year. That makes us happy. Wayne Blackshear wiLL NOT leave and both wiLL be captains for next season. I beLieve once Chris announces his intentions that he wiLL aLso be named captain. Here’s every dunk from trezL this year…P.S. I know aLL the L’s don’t need to be capitaLized but who’s gonna stop meL?
Read what Steve had to say here
Tonight at 8pm on ESPN2, then from 9-10:30 on ESPNU the 2014 WNBA Draft will be held. Shoni Schimmel was one of only 12 people to be invited to the draft meaning she should be a first rounder. All Seniors from this class are eligible for the draft.
Press release from UofL:
April 14, 2014
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – University of Louisville forward Wayne Blackshear has been named team captain for the 2014-15 Cardinals’ men’s basketball team.
“We have great confidence in Wayne moving toward his senior year,” said UofL Coach Rick Pitino. “I’m sure he will continue the outstanding leadership we have witnessed the last four years.”
A Capital One Academic All-District 2 selection, Blackshear averaged 8.2 points, 3.1 rebounds and shot 39.5 percent from three-point range (45-of-114) for the Cardinals (31-6). He had 14 double-digit scoring efforts last season, including a career-high 23 against Houston, as UofL shared the American Athletic Conference title, won the league postseason tournament and reached the NCAA Tournament’s Sweet 16.
Blackshear ranked sixth in the AAC in three-point percentage (.395) and buried a three-pointer in 21 of his 36 games this season. During the Cardinals’ 2013 NCAA Championship season, he was the recipient of the prestigious Elite 89 Award, presented to the student-athlete with the highest GPA at NCAA Championships.
This week…..on 55…..
We talk Season Finale. Great season by Shoni as the Women’s Basketball run came to an end. Another era ended. We asked you what your Top 25 moments were of this season and you tweeted them to us. In a 2 week time frame that has felt like the worst time frame in our lives, was there a bright spot? Were there 2? Were there 3? (Shoni may agree) The Year Of The Cardinal may have some to an end but it’s not the end. It also wasn’t the only streak that ended this weekend. So here we go, here are the 55 most ridiculous things I have heard, had to debate, or just thought about this past week. This …..is the season finale of……55.
Here we go……….
1) On Tuesday night, the amazing career of Shoni Schimmel and the unforgettable season of the University of Louisville Women’s basketball team came to an end when they lost to Maryland 76-73 at home in the KFC YUM! Center. Shoni scored 31 points and added 5 steals and 4 assists while playing the entire 40 minutes. After a slow start to the 2nd half, Shoni erupted with back to back 3’s in the final 30 seconds and had a chance to tie it with one of the best drawn up and executed plays I have seen in my life. It didn’t go in. Asia Taylor added 12 points, 6 assists and 8 rebounds. Antonita Slaughter scored 16. Thank you Seniors for the great ride and thank you Shoni as I am sure that your jersey will hang from the rafters one day, and this next picture that I’ve used several times this season will forever remind CardNation of what you are all about.
3) If only there was something Shoni could do within those next few days to lift her spirits and the spirits of CardNation…..
4) Oh Yeah
6) Shoni beat all of the ladies to win the women’s title, then beat men’s winner Brady Heslip to win the overall championship. Great day had by all…well except Oddysey
8) As @Slaughter_4 said……You mad?
10) Moving forward
11) On Thursday I asked you guys to send me your 2013-14 moment of the year so I could include them in this season finale. I got a lot of responses and I can’t include the duplicates but here are your top moments of the year.
It has been a rough couple of days for former Louisville basketball players. Early Wednesday morning, Chane Behanan was cited for possession of marijuana. Then early Thursday morning, Zach Price was arrested on suspicion of third-degree domestic assault and third-degree assault. This got me thinking about the 2011 recruiting class as a whole for the Louisville Cardinals. Also, I must give credit to my friends Chris Tingley and Hassan Mahdavi for bringing this idea to me so I could then expand on it.
Take a look at who is in that 2011 class. You have Chane Behanan, Kevin Ware, Wayne Blackshear, Zach Price, and Angel Nunez. One of those players is still on the team. Three of them have dealt with off the court issues. We haven’t heard anything coming from Spokane, Washington that gives any indication that Angel Nunez has been a problem.
The 2011 class was ranked 7th in the country by Rivals. com. For what it’s worth, the 2010 class with Russ Smith, Gorgui Dieng, and Elisha Justice was not ranked in the Top 25 on Rivals. Keep that in mind the next time you pay attention to recruiting rankings. The title of this post pretty much sums it up. This class won conference titles and the National Championship, have had off the court issues, and most have left the program.
Coach Rick Pitino met with the media on Monday afternoon for about 30 minutes to have his final press conference of the season. He wrapped up the season and also talked about next season a little bit.
He talks about Montrezl Harrell and the decision he has to make. He pretty much called out Wayne Blackshear by saying that he is the only player that he has had in the last four years that hasn’t made substantial improvement.
Mike Rutherford (Card Chronicle) did a great job of highlighting the main things that Pitino said. The video of the full press conference is below.
It is obvious that our team will look much different next year. Losing such key components like Russ, Luke, Montrezl, and SVT will do that to a team. Pitino expects Montrezl to enter the NBA Draft, and I don’t think that will come as a surprise to any of us. Here is a look at what next year’s roster will probably look like. (After typing out the roster and actually looking at it, that whole “looking much different” part is a huge understatement, wow.)
I have been up since early this morning and in the grand scheme of things, I haven’t gotten one thing done today. I have only listened to local sports talk radio and been on social media keeping up with everything UofL-UK for tonight. But isn’t that what I am supposed to be doing today? I suppose it’s finally time to come up with my prediction post, so here we go…
First of all, the December 28th game at Rupp means nothing to me. For one, it was at Rupp. Russ Smith and Luke Hancock shot a combined 10-31 that game. Speaking of Luke, he wasn’t even starting at the time, Wayne Blackshear was. Mangok Mathiang started and played 22 minutes. Chane Behanan played 20 minutes and played that game knowing he was about to be kicked off of the team. Does any of that sound like the Louisville Cardinals that you have seen recently? We are a completely different team, and yes UK is a little different as well, so that is why the last game doesn’t mean much to me. Actually if I do take anything away from it, I am glad that UK doesn’t have a revenge factor for this game. So they can have that game at Rupp, I’ll take this one tonight.
When this season started, some people said that Wayne Blackshear would be the x-factor or the key for the Cards to make a big run. After 2 seasons of injuries and basically being a role player, people were ready for the Wayne Blackshear that was so hyped up when he got to Louisville. He was a McDonald’s All-American in high school and was named the Player of the Year in Chicago over Anthony Davis. He averaged 32.6 points, 14.6 rebounds, 5.6 assists, and 3.7 steals per game as senior. Fans have been patiently waiting for “Superstar Wayne” to show up.
Now I am not one to hate on our own players. In fact, I called many people out who had negative things to say about Chris Jones after the last Memphis game. I always cheer for our guys no matter what. But these stats are just too much to ignore, so I am just putting facts out there. I certainly hope this trend can break soon.
Photo courtesy of zimbio.com
Rick Pitino said today that junior Wayne Blackshear suffered a concussion in practice on Monday and will not travel with the team to their game at Houston on Wednesday. He suffered the concussion when he was elbowed in the head by Akoy Agau.
Blackshear started last game against UCF and played the power forward spot, giving the Cards a smaller lineup, but one that seemed to work. We will see how this changes things in the lineup on Wednesday, but Pitino did say that he needs a big game from “Big Hustle.”
“We need a big game from Stephan Van Treese,” Pitino said. “It’s his time to evolve. We need some monster games from him where he grabs 12 or 13 rebounds. It’s time for him to step up now. He’s a veteran basketball player who needs to step up, and he’s capable of doing that.”
The Cards face Houston on Wednesday night at 9:00 pm ET and it can be seen on ESPNU.
Without watching the game for a second time, I will just give my quick analysis and reaction to the Louisville-UConn game. It seems like it is always a close one when we play at UConn and this one was no different. When it looked like the Cards had pulled away, UConn made a late run, but luckily it was not enough. Louisville held on to win 76-64.
Montrezl Harrell certainly came to play. The sophomore forward finished with 18 points, 13 rebounds, and 3 blocks. He controlled the game in the paint for the Cards. He also had the 15-17 foot jump shot going, which adds a whole new element to his game. If he is hitting that consistently, watch out.