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NBA Summer League Wrap-Up Highlights (Cards Show Out!)

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Here are some of the highlights from the last few days of the NBA Summer League from Las Vegas, Nevada. The highlights come from @UofLFanBase and are very well done.

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Chane Behanan Makes NBA Summer League Team

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The Dallas Mavericks have invited former Card & National Champion, Chane Behanan to join its summer league team. Behanan had a breakout season this year in Puerto Rico and no doubt caught some eyes. His highlight reel can be found here. The Chane redemption tour continues in Dallas…..good luck!

Chane Behanan 2016 BSN Highlights

Chane Behanan

Here at Louisville we have seen a lot of players come and go. Go pro, graduate, transfer and even dismissed. NO MATTER WHAT we always will love, support and lift up our players. If there has been anything the city of Louisville has made apparent this year is that when it comes to our sports teams: WE GOT YOUR BACK! (Shout-out to Damion Lee) Here at CardinalSportsZone we try to do the same thing. If I see a former Card has been doing well, I post about it. I find a highlight reel? I post it. I seen today that former Card Chane Behanan posted his BSN Highlight reel from this year. It is great to see our guy doing well on the court and knowing that he is doing well off the court as well. So I reached out and asked could I share his reel and he seemed excited I was doing it. So sit back, relax and enjoy the show. Number 21 is in the building. Lights…Camera…Action:

 

Chane Behanan MVP

Photo: Robert Deutsch, USA TODAY Sports

Photo: Robert Deutsch, USA TODAY Sports

 

The reemergence of Chane Behanan’s career is continuing. The 6’6 Forward captured the MVP of the week in the LatinBasket Poll with a 25 point, 16 rebound performance. LatinBasket computes their Player of the week the following way:

The Player of the week is chosen based on efficiency calculation, but also including game result, importance of the game, if played recorded double-double/triple-double, etc.
The efficiency formula is a combination of various formulas used by different basketball organizations/leagues. We got involved many basketball scouts and journalists to assure it’s accuracy.
The formula: 1.5*PTS + 3* (REB+AST+ST+BL-TO) – 2*BSAG – 4*PF + 3*PFRV + 4* (2FGPM+3FGPM) + 1.5*FTM – 3* (2FGPA-2FGPM) – 3* (3FGPA-3FGPM) – (FTA-FTM)
 

So let me get this straight. A formula that makes a little sense in sports? Get out of here! Nevertheless, congrats to Chane on continuing the progression of his career and CardNation hopes to see you move on up in the following season. Read the full story here

Chane Behanan News

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Let me start this story off with what I was doing when I found out about Chane. My two best friends from college the second time around are Terrance Farley & Perrin Johnson. T had just texted me the following: Guess what I found??? So I excitedly call him. “What did you find?” I asked. For the past 10 years he has been searching for the gray dazzle-cloth jerseys that Louisville wore in December of 04 vs Austin Peay (Which was T’s 2nd career start). He always said if he ever found it that I could have it. I am convinced that is because he never thought he could find it. 5 years ago he was himself convinced an ex had thrown it away. So I am sure you know where this is going. He told me he found the jersey and was not giving it up, ask Perrin for his. So I text Perrin: Perrin do you still have the gray jersey of yours? “Yes” he replied. I asked him how much could I buy it for. He stated “Not for sale” I was double crushed by my guys.

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Dunking Donovan Mitchell! (Highlight Reel)

Photo: YouTube.com

Photo: YouTube.com

One of the most exciting athletes to come to the Ville in awhile is Donovan Mitchell. He wowed peopled in dunk competitions before he got to Louisville. We’ve had those guys before that did not pan out. Donovan is different. Alvin Sims, Marques Maybin, Twill could all dunk creatively. Chane and Trezl were just power dunkers, nothing wrong with that. I believe that Donovan could be the best dunker of all-time. Yes I know that is high praise but he is a great combination of creative and power. We were named the Dr’s of dunk for a reason. It’s in our DNA, it’s a legacy. Our guys at the ACC Digital Network created a compilation of dunks of just Donovan Mitchell that I think you will really like!

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2015 Senior Day: Much Different Group Than it Could Have Been

Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

When the University of Louisville has its Senior Day ceremony on Saturday before the Virginia game, Wayne Blackshear will be honored for his career at UofL. Junior Montrezl Harrell will also participate in the festivities because of the probability that he goes pro after this season. That isn’t uncommon. Francisco Garcia also did that as a junior.

So two players will be honored. That is slightly less than the number that it could have been, which is 6, and that does not include Harrell. That is just seniors only. If things had gone differently for some players at UofL, this Saturday’s Senior Day would have been much different. Who won’t be there that could have been?

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Behanan/Bulls

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As you can see, former UofL F/C Chane Behanan worked out with the Bulls today. He posted this picture of himself today standing next to D Rose. No word on whether Chane will be MIA for the next 2 years as a result of this interaction.

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Chane Behanan Declares for NBA Draft

Photo: Robert Deutsch, USA TODAY Sports

Photo: Robert Deutsch, USA TODAY Sports

There has been talk in the last week or so that Chane Behanan may turn pro rather than attend Colorado State. Behanan shot down those rumors by saying he had not made his decision yet. He came out Monday afternoon on twitter and announced that he will, in fact, test his luck and declare for the NBA Draft. 

Good luck to Chane in the future, both on and off the court.

Jamaine Brooks appears to be off the football team

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Photo: zimbio.com

It appears that defensive tackle Jamaine Brooks will no longer be a member of the UofL football team. The senior, listed at 6’4 and 330 pounds, was expected to be a big man in the middle of Todd Grantham’s 3-4 defense. Now it seems like Brooks won’t be apart of the team. He sent this tweet on Monday afternoon.

Nothing has been confirmed or made official to this point. But there have been rumblings all spring as to if he was still on the team. That tweet kind of takes that talk a step further.

For what it’s worth, and maybe that’s nothing, but Brooks makes it pretty known on social media about how good of friends he is with Chane Behanan and Kevin Ware. Not saying that has anything to do with this situation, I just find it interesting since Behanan and Ware are no longer a part of UofL.

Maybe Brooks just does not want to play football anymore, or just has never gotten fully healthy from last year’s injury. Who knows right now?

Championships, Drugs, and Transfers: Louisville’s 2011 Recruiting Class

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Richard Mackson/USA TODAY Sports

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.

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Chane Behanan Cited for Drug Possession

Photo: Robert Deutsch, USA TODAY Sports

Photo: Robert Deutsch, USA TODAY Sports

Former Louisville Cardinal Chane Behanan has appeared to hit another roadblock on his way to recovery. At 1:15 a.m. on Wednesday morning, Behanan was in a vehicle that was pulled over near 17th and Broadway in Louisville. He was cited for marijuana.

According to this story on wave3.com, officers said they smelled marijuana and asked Behanan if he had any drugs on him. He said yes and handed police a single blunt, or marijuana cigarette. Police searched the car and did not find anything else. 

The woman Behanan was with in the vehicle was not cited. Behanan was cited for possession of marijuana during the stop, but was not taken into custody. He will have to appear in court, but no date has been set.

Whatever the next step is for Chane Behanan, I wish him nothing but the best.

 

Basketball Video: The End Of An Era

Well this video is just awesome. Great job by Evan Westendorf.

55 (Episode 18)

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This week…..on 55…..

You know I normally start out the opening paragraph to 55 with a preview of what im going to talk about then end it with: Well here we go. Once again, I share with you the 55 most ridiculous things I have heard, had to debate, or just thought about this past week. This …..is….55. But this week there is ONE ridiculous thing I have heard this week and it’s our UofL Men’s Basketball team being shafted with a 4 seed. So in that spirit…blah blah blah…this is 55.

1) I am going to start off 55 this week with Men’s tournament atrocity. Louisville is a 2, Wichita is in the toughest region and #25 SMU doesn’t even get in? Who is running this thing?

2) monkeys

3) Oh….well, that..um, makes a little more sense then…Carry on

4) I digress

5) They placed us in a region with Duke, Michigan, uk and the undefeated Wichita State Shockers……This has got to be the biggest group of idiots since

6) ncaa

7) They knew what they were talking about last year though…..smu

8) Yes I have decided to insert smu for smh in opposition of them being omitted from the NCAA Tourney….sure glad FU didn’t get left out.

9) Wordplay is FUn

10) Moving forward

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ESPN Article Says Louisville Searching for Identity

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ESPN.com’s Myron Medcalf posted an article today about the Louisville men’s basketball team and how it has been tough to replace the leadership of Peyton Siva and Gorgui Dieng, as well as the loss of Chane Behanan. I will post some of the more interesting quotes from the article.

To read the full article on ESPN.com, click here.

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“It’s different. It’s a lot of sacrificing that you have to make. I’m willing to do it, but it’s really tough and Peyton had, probably the toughest job last year, managing everybody. And he did a good job with it. I’m just trying to follow in his footsteps.”

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Montrezl Harrell Breaks UofL Single Season Dunk Record

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If I am not mistaken, the University of Louisville was the first school to start keeping track of dunks as a stat. After all, we did have the Doctors of Dunk in 1980 led by Darrell Griffith when the Cards won their first National Championship. Entering Tuesday night’s game against South Florida, sophomore Montrezl Harrell had 59 dunks on the season, which tied him with Chane Behanan (2012-13) and Pervis Ellison (1987-88) for the most dunks in a single season at UofL. He dunked 4 times against South Florida (Cards won 80-54), giving him 63 and moving him into 1st place all by himself.

“It’s really remarkable that he set this record as a sophomore,” Louisville coach Rick Pitino said. “And especially when you consider that he didn’t play that much as a freshman so for him to set it as a sophomore is really something.”

He now has 107 dunks in his short career at UofL, moving him into 6th place on the career list.

Most Dunks/Career
Rk./Player Year Dunks
1. Pervis Ellison 85-89 162
2. Darrell Griffith 76-80 156
3. Alvin Sims 93-96 123
4. Chane Behanan 11-13 124
5. Cornelius Holden 88-92 117
6. Montrezl Harrell 12-14 107
7. Rodney McCray 79-83 103
8. Marques Maybin 97-01 95
9. Billy Thompson 82-86 94
10. Felton Spencer 86-90 93

Here is my favorite Trezl dunk…

55 (Episode 14)

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This week…..on 55…..

In honor of MY beloved Steelers hiring former Steeler great Joey Porter…and because I couldn’t find any new 55 pics…I have dedicated the title pic to you Joey Porter. Congrats! On the job not being the header on 55, or both, whatever. This week on 55 we discuss long layoffs, an all seeing being in CardNation and much, much more. Well here we go. Once again, I share with you the 55 most ridiculous things I have heard, had to debate, or just thought about this past week. This …..is….55.

1) We shall start off this week with a little Football talk. Tae Thibodeaux signed with UofL on Wednesday. The 6’1 267 pound Defensive Tackle is a much needed addition to the 2014 recruiting class. Read more here

2) Also this past weekend the Cards had a ton of visitors. Headed by David Moala, Pio Vatuvei for officials and Emmitt Smith and compamy here for junior day. Read more about Pio and Moala here

3) It was announced that all of the Spring practices will be open to the public leading up to the annual Spring game on April 11. Here is the full schedule:

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4) Henry Famurewa Tweeted this out on Saturday:

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5) Straight Fire………..

6) On to Basketball

7) “This has been the longest wait ever between games! At least we get to play tomorrow.”

8) “No we don’t”

9) Crap

10) Snowmageddon, patent pending, probably not, pushed UofL’s game vs storied rival Temple over to Friday night AKA Valentines Day. No worries as the Cards dispatched their rivals 82-58. Montrezl Harrell had a career high 22 points and with his 6 dunks, pulled within one dunk of the single season dunk record set by Chane Behanan. Surely he would shatter that vs Rutgers….

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12) Because he would only get one dunk Sunday night vs storied rival Rutgers during a 102-54 stomping of Rutgers at home in the YUM! Lead by Luke Hancock’s 25 points (6 threes), Rozier’s 4 threes which led to an overall season high 16 3 point baskets made, it gave very few opportunities for Trezl to be Trezl. Worry not as the very next dunk breaks the record.

13) Also evidentally ESPN likes to call every team we play a storied rival

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Chane Behanan Making the Most of His Second Chance

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The following article was written by Jason King of BleacherReport.com. It is a great read. He interviewed former Card Chane Behanan and Behanan goes into detail about some of his problems at UofL. He talks about going to Houston and what John Lucas has done for him. I will post the first half of it and then provide the link to read the rest on the actual site.

HOUSTON—As he smoked marijuana in the streets of Miami, just a few blocks from the team hotel, Chane Behanan said he felt much like he did the night he helped Louisville win the 2013 NCAA title.

Invincible.

“Like no one could touch me,” Behanan said.

Not the Miami police, who could’ve arrested Behanan had they seen him taking tokes from a joint during that nighttime stroll in late December. Not coach Rick Pitino, who had suspended the 6’6” junior for a month in the fall because of his weed habit. And certainly not the University of Louisville and its silly random drug tests.

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Chane Behanan’s Instagram Message for his Former Team

I may be a little late to seeing this, but that’s what I get for being in the 1% of the population that does not have Instagram. Could be an accurate number, I really don’t know. Just seems that way. Chane Behanan posted this on Thursday night with an interesting message. Good to see that he (hopefully) realizes his mistakes, and we wish him nothing but the best in the future.

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Who is your starting 5 of Rick Pitino players at UofL?

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My friend Chris Tingley posed this question to me a couple of weeks ago, and it is very interesting and fun to talk about. Of all the players that Rick Pitino has coached at the University of Louisville, who would be your starting 5? Now I will say that some players did play multiple positions, and after discussion, we decided to only have each player on 1 poll. So guys like Francisco Garcia, Larry O’Bannon, Ellis Myles, and Samardo Samuels had to be placed in only 1 category, even though we are well aware that those guys (and others) could be on different polls.

Please vote for each position. This will run until the end of the week on Thursday night, so that will give us time to get the word out all week and get as many people as possible to vote on this.