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2017-2018 ACC Conference Basketball Schedule Released

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University of Louisville’s men basketball ACC conference schedule was re- released today. North Carolina and Syracuse are both making their ways to the KFC Yum! Center this season. Louisville will be heading to Duke and Notre Dame throughout the season as well. Here are all the match ups for the upcoming basketball season.

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UofL Center Steven Enoch Closes U20 Championships Among Event Leaders

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Press Release –

ORADEA, ROMANIA — University of Louisville center Steven Enoch completed his play for Armenia among the event leaders in scoring and rebounding in the 2017 FIBA U20 European Championship, Division B played in Oradea, Romania.

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UofL Center Steven Enoch Scores 22 Playing for Armenian U20 Team

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Press Release:

Louisville SID Kenny Klein

ORADEA, ROMANIA — University of Louisville center Steven Enoch totaled 22 points, seven rebounds and two blocked shots today for the Armenia U20 Basketball Team in a 67-56 loss to Belarus in the second game of the FIBA U20 European Championship, Division B played in Oradea, Romania.

A transfer from Connecticut who will redshirt the 2017-18 UofL season, Enoch had 21 points, 13 rebounds and two steals in the first round for Armenia in a 95-69 loss to Finland on Friday in the five-team Group A event. Enoch is currently fifth in both scoring (21.5 ppg.) and rebounding (10.5 rpg.) in the championship through his two games.

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Donovan Mitchell Signs Multi-Year Deal With Adidas

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Card forever Donovan Mitchell recently signed a deal with the Utah Jazz and now he has signed a multi-year deal with Adidas. Details of the deal have not been released but we know that he will look good continuing the three stripe like as he breaks opponents ankles for the next few years.  Read the rest of this entry

Montrezl Harrell Sent To Clippers In Chris Paul Trade

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This morning, the Los Angeles Clippers and Houston Rockets negotiated a blockbuster trade that sent super star point guard Chris Paul to the Rockets. Originally reported, in return the Clippers received the Rockets’ 2018 1st round pick, Sam Dekker, Patrick Beverley and Lou Williams. But it is also apparent that power forward, and former Louisville Cardinal Montrezl Harrell was also included in the trade package.

Depending on the status of whether or not Blake Griffin decides to resign with LA, this could potentially mean an increase in minutes for Harrell, as he rarely saw the floor in Houston’s 2017 postseason. Harrell became a fan favorite while at Louisville due the frequency of his ferocious and high flying dunks, and was also a part of the 2013 National Championship team.

The Denver Nuggets Draft Donovan Mitchell With The 13th Overall Pick And Trade Him To Utah

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With the 13th pick in the 2017 NBA draft, the Denver Nuggets select Donovan Mitchell from LOUISVILLE. Mitchell, a lottery pick, was then traded to Utah for the 24th pick and Trey Lyles. Mitchell played just 2 seasons at Louisville where he averaged 15.6 points, 4.9 rebounds and 2.7 assists in his final collegiate season. He shot 35.4% from 3 and 45.6% from 2. The 6’3″ sophomore came into the draft projected as a late first-rounder, but through workouts he managed to climb his way into the lottery.

 

 

He also sported some great socks…

2017 NBA draft Green Room invitees

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Friends Of The Ville: A Letter From Rick Pitino

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The following is a candid update letter, regarding the NCAA’s ruling, from Rick Pitino to members of “Friends of the Ville”, a philanthropy group managed by the university.

“June 21, 2017

Dear Friends of the Ville

I am writing to you as close supporters and Friends of the Ville members. You are special to me and I realize you have endured a lot over the last two years. When the news first came out in 2015, it sunk my emotions to the lowest point anyone could possibly imagine. I write this letter to tell you and encourage you to keep your spirits high.

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Charity Basketball Game For Officer Rodman This Saturday

 

The Russ Smith Foundation, TBM and Sullivan’s Tap House have teamed up to form a charity basketball event in honor of Officer Nick Rodman, who was killed in the line of duty this past March. The event will feature the Metro City Stars, a team comprised of former Louisville players and prominent local figures up against a team of members of the LMPD, and will be hosted by Ballard High School this upcoming Saturday, June 24th at 6:30.

Metro City Stars Roster:

Players:

Montrezl Harrell
Terrance Farley
Tim Barnett
Perrin Johnson
Matt Brown
Tim Henderson
Russ Smith, Sr.
Chane Behanan
Phil Morrison
Charles Franklin
Chris Pointer

Luke Whitehead

Steve Rummage

Coaches:
Denny Crum
Peyton Siva, Jr.

Russ Smith Shares His Thoughts About UofL’s Punishment

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Earlier today on Twitter, Russ Smith became another one of the former UofL players to offer his thoughts on the NCAA’s harsh sanctions imposed on the University of Louisville.

He took to Twitter to talk about those who have actively cheered for UofL’s downfall. Read below:

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Pitino Says They Will Win Multiple Championships And Appeal NCAA Rulings (Video)

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Coach Rick Pitino ended today’s press conference saying that they will play in multiple final fours and win multiple championships before he is done at Louisville. He also said they will appeal the NCAA’s ruling. Watch the video below…. Read the rest of this entry

Interview With Donovan Mitchell

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Even as he was on the west coast preparing for the upcoming NBA Draft, former Louisville guard Donovan Mitchell was still able to find the time to sit down for an interview with myself on behalf of Cardinal Sports Zone, and talk about the draft as well as his time at Louisville.

Matt McGavic: Thank you for doing this interview, it’s a pleasure to get to talk to you even with your busy schedule. First of all, how excited are you to take the next step in your career?

Donovan Mitchell: I’m very excited. It’s definitely tough to make it to draft day, and I wouldn’t be there without what Louisville’s done for me, and being in that environment is awesome. I’m excited, I feel like I’m ready. I came out here to L.A. and started performing well, and I just feel like I’m ready to do this, ready just to be a pro and play against pros and take that next step.

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Cards Could Potentially Add 5 Star Bowen

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It was discovered on Tuesday evening that Louisville hosted 5 Star SF Brian Bowen on a campus visit. Bowen, a McDonald’s All-American, was thought by many to be a solid Michigan State lean but after the return of Miles Bridges who opted to not enter the NBA draft deadline, it appears he is still searching for a school to land his services.

Louisville would join a list of schools trying to sign Bowen. So far he holds offers from such schools as Arizona, Michigan State, NC State, Texas, and UCLA just to name a few.  The SF position at Louisville is pretty stacked with the return of  Deng Adel and V.J. King although Pitino has hinted he will primarily use Adel as a shooting guard.  Add Dwayne Sutton to the mix and you have some nice depth at the 3 spot.

We here at CSZ will be keeping a close eye on this story.  Louisville is already a projected top 10 team next season and this would do nothing but bolster that claim.  “Crootin” remains a funny business. …

Updates From The Katina Powell & Andre McGee Criminal Case

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Katina Powell, the center of the Louisville basketball recruiting sex scandal, and her accomplice as well as former Louisville player and staff member Andre McGee were brought before a grand jury today to begin the hearing on the criminal case against them. Special thanks to our good friend Jason Riley over at WDRB for providing us with updates as the hearing proceeded.

 

Deng Adel To Return To Louisville

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After declaring for the NBA Draft without signing an agent, Junior forward Deng Adel has decided to withdraw his name from the draft, and return to Louisville.

Cards Still Projected Preseason Top 10 Despite Loss Of Mitchell And Johnson

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CBS sports has updated their preseason 25 to reflect the changes in rosters for those schools who have underclassmen that have entered the NBA draft and hired an agent. The rankings will change again once the deadline to return to school has passed and 2017-18 rosters become more definite.

For now, the Cards find themselves still in the top 10. The possible addition of one more player to this year’s class or the possible departure of Deng Adel could have an impact on the final preseason poll.

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Wassef Methnani To Visit Louisville

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Following Donovan Mitchell’s NBA Draft announcement, thus freeing up a scholarship, the Louisville basketball program will be hosting Class of 2017 SF/PF Wassef Methnani out of Knox School, a prep school in New York. He will be pay the University of Louisville a visit this upcoming Tuesday, and is also considering Fairfield and Canisius. If he chooses to enroll at UofL, he will be immediately eligible to play. He is listed as 6’8″, 216 lbs, and specializes as a wing.

The Overreaction Of Louisville Twitter

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It sucks…….we know.  You know, I know, CardNation knows.

While we all wished Donovan Mitchell luck and will cheer like hell when his name is called next month in the NBA draft, part of us now only have to wonder what could have been had he returned. But he isn’t and all we have is great memories and insane one handed dunk highlights.

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Jay Henderson To Transfer

 

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Another week, another transfer.   Following in the footsteps of Tyler Sharpe and Matz Stockman we now learn that walk-on Jay Henderson also intends to transfer from the Louisville Men’s basketball team.   Henderson originally came to Louisville after transferring from St. John’s.

Jay saw the floor sparingly only playing 2.1 minutes per game. However, he was constantly cheering on his teammates and still holds the title for the most glorious head of hair on the team.  We here at CSZ wish him the best wherever he lands.  Always a Card!

Tyler Sharpe Will Transfer

Freshman walk-on and former Bullitt East star Tyler Sharpe intends to transfer. He appeared in only 7 games this season scoring only 2 points.

With a loaded class coming that features Darius Perry and Jordan Nwora and the addition of Dwayne Sutton it would seem Sharpe would find playing time to be scarce next season. We here at CSZ wish Tyler the best wherever he lands. Always a Card!!

 

Louisville Basketball 2017-18 Non-Conference Schedule Announced

 

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Louisville announced it’s 2017-18 non-conference schedule today. The noticeable addition is Seton Hall coached by former Louisville assistant, Kevin Willard Read the rest of this entry