Press release from the University of Louisville athletic department:
UofL Men’s Basketball Season Tickets on Sale
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Season tickets for the University of Louisville’s 2018-19 20-game home men’s basketball schedule in the KFC Yum! Center are now available for purchase.
Under first year head coach Chris Mack, the Cardinals will face an impressive list of home games highlighted by teams such as Duke, Michigan State, North Carolina, Kentucky, Virginia and Notre Dame. The Cardinals enter their ninth season in the spectacular 22,000-seat KFC Yum! Center with eight returning lettermen and four talented transfers among the accomplished UofL roster.
2019 UofL Basketball commit Josh Nickelberry led his team, Game Elite Gold, to victory in the inaugural Battle for Georgia AAU tournament. His team competed in the 17U division, which was compiled of 8 teams. The tournament was filled with AAU teams that were Georgia based.
Nickelberry showed exactly why UofL fans will love him, as the 6’4 175 lbs G exhibited his shooting prowess all weekend. He rained down threes on every opponent Game Elite Gold faced. He also displayed some of his abilities as a passer and facilitator.
Jordan Nwora enters his sophomore season with high expectations. His production as a freshman was solid, averaging 5 points, 2 rebounds and 43%(!) from 3. His recent play for team Nigeria in the FIBA World Cup Qualifiers has garnered some significant buzz. His scoring ability will be valuable as his minutes increase next season.
UofL Basketball announced another new edition to the roster today when walk on Matt Hanna was added. Hanna is a 5’9 165 lbs G that played for Division III Colby College last season. You can read all the details about UofL’s new player in the press release below.
PRESS RELEASE FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF LOUISVILLE ATHLETIC DEPARTMENT:
Matt Hanna joins UofL Men’s Basketball Team
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Matt Hanna, a 5-9, 165-pound guard from Milford, Mass., who played a season at Colby College, has joined the University of Louisville men’s basketball team as a walk-on.
Hanna started 23 games last season at Colby College, an NCAA Division III school located in Waterville, Maine. He averaged 11.0 points, 3.7 rebounds and a team-leading 3.3 assists during his freshman year with the Mules and ranked second on the team with 23 steals. He will redshirt the 2018-19 season at UofL and have three years of collegiate eligibility remaining.
Chris Mack promised at his opening press conference, there would no longer be “eras” when it came to UofL basketball. Three months on the job, and he has already shown how determined he is to keep that promise. The 2013 National Championship team held their 5 year celebration on Friday night and the former players talked about how Mack has gone above and beyond to make them feel welcomed on campus and in the program.
Malik Williams enters his sophomore season at Louisville with big shoes to fill. He started 12 games last year as a freshman, but with the departure of Spalding and Mahmoud, Williams’ role will be increased. We saw flashes of his 3 point shooting abilities in limited minutes last year and he could be a dangerous weapon against opposing bigs this season.
Coach Chris Mack has some very talented 2019 and 2020 players visiting UofL this week. He’s working hard to rebuild the brand and continue the tradition of UofL bringing in high level talent.
A 5 Star and a bunch of 4 Star players will be paying or have paid visits to campus to see what UofL and Coach Mack have to offer.
Here’s a rundown of each of these players.
2019 4 Star C
- Height – 6’10
- Weight – 230 lbs
- High School – Flint Hill School (Ashburn, VA) originally from Nigeria
- Offer Date – 6/23/18
- Visit Date – 6/23/18
Wahab visited UofL on June 23 and left with an offer in hand. Mike Pegues is the lead recruiter for UofL. Other schools recruiting Wahab include Syracuse, UConn, Virginia Tech, and Clemson, among others per 247sports.
Back on June 2, Khwan Fore committed to UofL as a grad transfer. Fore is a G that had played for the Richmond Spiders. Now Fore is officially part of the University of Louisville basketball roster after signing his financial aid papers today.
The 6’0 175 lbs G originally committed to Tennessee as a grad transfer in May before reopening his recruitment. He averaged 11.1 points per game, 4.1 rebounds per game, 2.2 assists per game, and 1.7 steals per game for Richmond last year.
Fore is an athletic powerful G that will provide valuable minutes, likely from the bench. His defense and experience will be relied upon by Coach Mack.
By the way, he also loves to dunk. His dunking prowess at Richmond was such that Richmond made a YouTube video studying the physics of his dunks (thanks to John Lewis of WDRB for finding this awesome video and tweeting about it). Check it out below. Lets bring back the Doctors of Dunk and the Dunking Cardinal.
A prodigal son has returned to UofL Basketball; a player long forgotten after he transferred to Georgetown. Chris Mack has brought back Akoy Agau as a grad transfer. So, Agau’s career has now come full circle and shall end where it began. This has been in the works for a few weeks.
Agau, a 6’8 230 lbs F from NE, played at UofL for 2 seasons. While he did show a little promise in very limited playing time, he never quite capitalized on it.
The inability of Agau to reach his potential likely has to do with two issues. The first is Agau having to battle Montrezl Harrell for playing time. Obviously, it was a losing battle for him competing against a future pro for playing time.
Day one of the annual NBPA Top 100 Camp in Charlottesville, VA wrapped up last night. 4 Star G Jahmius Ramsey, one of Coach Chris Mack’s top targets, impressed the recruiting folks at 247sports.com.
Here’s what the article had to say about Ramsey after day 1:
According to John Rothstein, Louisville and Western Kentucky will begin a four-year series at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville on Dec. 20, 2019.
As more details are released, Cardinal Sports Zone will have the information at your finger tips!
The day after Chris Mack landed a big time CG in Josh Nickelberry, he picks up right where he left off by getting a visit from 2019 4 Star SF Jaelyn Withers.
Withers is a 6’8 212 lbs player out of Huntersville, NC. He plays for North Mecklenburg High School and for Team Loaded NC on the AAU circuit. He averaged 11.3 points and 5.7 rebounds per game for Team Loaded NC during the 2018 Adidas Gauntlet.
The fears UofL fans have had about basketball recruiting are allayed tonight after Coach Chris Mack picked up a commitment from 2019 4 Star G Josh Nickelberry.
Nickelberry, a 6’4 175 lbs combo guard out of Northwood Temple Academy in Fayetteville, NC, is a fantastic get for Coach Mack. Nickelberry chose UofL over offers from North Carolina, NC State, Virginia Tech, Florida, and Oklahoma among many others. Coach Mike Pegues was his primary recruiter.
According to John Rothstein Louisville will host Michigan State in this year’s 2018 ACC/Big Ten Challenge!
This has now become officially official as both the UofL Men’s Basketball Twitter Account and ACC Men’s Basketball Twitter Account are both confirming UofL is indeed hosting Michigan State this season for the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.
The game is scheduled for Tuesday 11/27 and has the potential to be a Top 25 matchup. A tip-off time and TV network have yet to be determined for the game according to UofL.
Chris Mack is hammering the 2019 class hard. Just last Friday he had a visit from 4 Star G Josh Nickelberry. Now, on June 2, he has a visit scheduled with another highly touted 4 Star G named Jahmius Ramsey.
Ramsey, a 6’4 180 lbs combo guard, plays for IMG Academy, but is originally from TX. He is the 3rd ranked CG and 35th ranked overall player in the 2019 class per 247sports.com.
Kahil Fennell is coming to the University of Louisville after spending one year as an assistant coach at Portland State. He played three years at Redlands University where he graduated with a degree in history and earned all-academic honors.
We here at Cardinal Sports Zone would like to give a warm welcome to Kahil and his family. Welcome to Louisville!
The University of Louisville men’s basketball head coach, Chris Mack, joined Midday’s with Marques Maybin and Steve Rummage on Tuesday. They talked about everything from grad transfers, to workouts and everything in between! Listen in below!
Less than a month on the job and Coach Chris Mack has probably been the most visible coach Lousiville has had in a while.
Coach Mack is on Twitter, radio stations, tv and on a podcast with Andy Katz.
Coach Mack talks about his plans to bring competitiveness and intensity to the program and why the Louisville job was too good to pass up.
Heading out to the UofL football spring game on Saturday? Wondering what the day will consist of? Here is your schedule for the day – including information on the Chris Mack autograph signing that will be held on the Papa John’s concourse when gates open.
|The University of Louisville football team will conduct its annual Wendy’s Wonderful Kids Spring Game on April 14 at 1 p.m. at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium. Admission to the game is FREE.
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS:
PARKING: Free and open to all fans; lots around the stadium open at 8 a.m.
STADIUM GATES: Fans can enter Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium at noon.
KICKOFF: The game begins at 1 p.m.
CONCESSIONS: $3 Happy Hour draft specials inside the stadium throughout the game.
Fans are encouraged to head to BudLight StreetFest, located between Gates 3 and 5, for Fan Fest. Visit before and after the game for food vendors and drink specials in addition to carnival rides, music, family friendly games, and rides.
It is open 8 a.m. until 12:45 p.m. Fan Fest is closed during the game and resumes from 3-6 p.m.
CARDINAL AUTHENTIC SALE
Looking to give your closet an upgrade? Shopping for an early present for a family member or fellow fan?
Cardinal Authentic, the official team store of the Louisville Cardinals, is having a spring sale at Fan Fest. Purchase officially licensed merchandise for up to 70 percent off.
Fans interested in purchasing new season tickets can participate in the Select-A-Seat event inside Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium at 11:30 a.m. This is the first time showcasing available seating locations for 2018 campaign.
Staff from the ticket office will be available at Gate 2A prior to gates opening or on the concourse and at the box office throughout the day to answer questions.
General public on sale begins April 16.
|COACH MACK AUTOGRAPH SESSION
Meet the newly named Louisville men’s basketball head coach Chris Mack. When the stadium gates open, Coach Mack will be on the concourse signing autographs. Details coming soon. Follow Louisville basketball on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram for updates.
Get your hands on this year’s Wendy’s Wonderful Kids Spring Game poster, showcasing some fan favorites and Louisville’s 2018 schedule.
The posters are available at Fan Fest, throughout the concourse of Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium (Gates 3, 4, 5), and on the field after the game for autographs (while supplies last). A donation to the Dave Thomas Foundation is encouraged.
LOUISVILLE FOOTBALL AUTOGRAPH SESSION
Meet the 2018 Louisville football team after the Wendy’s Wonderful Kids Spring Game. The players are signing autographs on the field for 45 minutes after the game, and head coach Bobby Petrino is available for autographs on the field following his postgame media duties.
There is a maximum of two items per person to ensure the autograph lines moves in an efficient manner.
Go ahead and mark your calendars, UofL basketball camp is back! Chris Mack announced yesterday that grades 3-8 would be June 25-28 and grades 1-6 will be July 23-26th. When more details are released by Coach Mack and the university, CSZ will pass them along to you!