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How UofL Recruiting Targets Did At NBPA Top 100 Camp

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UofL basketball had one commit and several top recruiting targets participate in the annual NBPA Top 100 Camp this weekend; players UofL has been recruiting hard or that have visited campus.

We will give a run down of each player, their stats for the weekend, and each player’s best game.

*All stats courtesy of basketball.exposureevents.com or prepcircuit.com 

COMMIT:

Josh Nickelberry

Josh Nickelberry

Photo Courtesy of Jody Demling/Cardinal Authority and 247sports

2019 4 Star G
• Height – 6’4
• Weight – 175 lbs
• High School – Northwood Temple Academy (Fayetteville, NC)

Team at Top 100 Camp: Golden State Warriors

Stats:
• PPG – 6.7
• RPG – 1.8
• APG – .8
• PER – 23.8

While Nickelberry didn’t have his best weekend of basketball he still was a key contributor for his Warriors team; a team that made it to the championship game of the camp.

Nickelberry did have a game that truly showcased his potential and the kind of player he can be for Coach Chris Mack at UofL. In the game, which took place on the first day of camp 6/13, Nickelberry scored 17 points on 5-10 (50%) from the field and 3-8 (37.5%) from three-point range. He went 4-4 (100%) from the free throw line and added 2 rebounds and 1 steal.

Top Targets Who’ve Visited Campus or With the Staff:

Jahmius Ramsey

Jahmius Ramsey

Photo Courtesy of Billy Embody, 247sports.com

2019 4 Star G
• Height – 6’4
• Weight – 180 lbs
• High School – IMG Academy (Bradenton, FL)

Team at Top 100 Camp: Chicago Bulls

Stats:
• PPG – 12
• RPG – 1.5
• APG – 2
• SPG – 1.5

UofL is the favorite to land Ramsey per 247sports. He made a visit here back in May and that visit really impressed him; so much so, that right after the visit, he talked of speeding up his recruiting process.

Ramsey did not stay for all four days of the camp. He played in four total games, but was impressive in each outing.

His best game was a 16 point, 2 rebound, 4 assist, and 2 steal game in the second game of Day 1. The game highlighted his efficient scoring ability as he shot 8-13 from the field for a 62% field goal percentage.

Jaelyn Withers

Jaelyn Withers

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2019 4 Star F
• Height – 6’8
• Weight – 215 lbs
• High School – North Mecklenburg (Huntersville, NC)

Team at Top 100 Camp: San Antonio Spurs

Stats:
• PPG – 7.7
• RPG – 4.1
• APG – .3
• PER – 19.9

Withers had a good showing at the camp. He visited in UofL in May as well. It was an unofficial visit, but impressed him enough that UofL appears to be good position to get one of his five official visits.

Withers best game was the last game of the Camp for the Spurs. He went for 19 points and 4 rebounds. He shot 8-11 (72.7%) from the field and 3 of 4 (75%) from three-point range.

Jalen Gaffney

Jalen Gaffney

Photo Courtesy of Jody Demling/Cardinal Authority and 247sports

2019 3 Star G
• Height – 6’2
• Weight – 170 lbs
• High School – Westtown School (Columbus, NJ)

Team at Top 100 Camp: Boston Celtics

Stats:
• PPG – 4.9
• RPG – 2.4
• APG – 2.4
• PER – 19.9

Gaffney is relatively new on UofL’s radar. After finishing up with the camp, he set about on some unofficial visits. One of those visits was to UofL on Monday.

While he has yet to receive an offer from the Cards, the fact he visited says one may likely be in the offing. Coach Chris Mack and his staff recruited Gaffney while they were still at Xavier.

Gaffney’s best game was his fifth of the camp. He scored 8 points, grabbed 2 rebounds, and dished out 4 assists. He shot 3-4 (75%) from the field and 2-3 (66.7%) from three-point range. This game showcased some of his shooting, as well as, playmaking abilities.

Greg Gantt 

Greg Gantt

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2019 4 Star SF
• Height – 6’7
• Weight – 195 lbs
• High School – Trinity Christian School (Fayetteville, NC)

Team at Top 100 Camp: Philadelphia 76ers

Stats:
• PPG – 4.3
• RPG – 4.3
• APG – 1.0
• PER – 23

Not long after Gantt was offered, Coach Mack and staff visited with Gantt to pitch him on UofL. Though it’s been quiet recently on this front, make no mistake UofL wants Gantt and Gantt likes what UofL has to offer.

Gantt only participated in four games. His best was his second game where he scored 5 points, grabbed 7 rebounds, and tallied a single assist. He shot 2-5 (40%) from the field and 1-3 (33%) from three point range.

In his time there, Gantt didn’t get to get up as many shots as his teammates and, therefore, didn’t find much of a rhythm. What’s nice to see is despite that, he showed that he can affect the game in other ways; especially in the rebounding department.

Top Targets Offered By UofL, but Yet to Visit:

Aidan Igiehon

Aidan Igiehon

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2019 5 Star C
• Height – 6’10
• Weight – 215 lbs
• High School – Lawrence Woodmere Academy (Woodmere, NY)

Team at Top 100 Camp: Golden State Warriors

Stats:
• PPG – 3.7
• RPG – 2.2
• BPG – .5
• PER – 18.5

The UofL staff has been recruiting Igiehon pretty much since they stepped foot on campus. While he didn’t have the greatest camp stats wise, he still showed flashes of the potential that has many a high major school salivating.

UofL’s chances to land him may have been helped by the fact current UofL commit Josh Nickelberry was his teammate. You have to imagine Nickelberry was talking up UofL to him.

Igiehon’s best game came in his fourth game at the camp. He scored 6 points, grabbed 2 boards, and recorded 1 block. He shot 3-5 (60%) from the field.

Jaykwon Walton

Jaykwon Walton

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2019 4 Star SG
• Height – 6’6
• Weight – 196 lbs
• High School – Carver (Montgomery, AL)

Team at Top 100 Camp: Milwaukee Bucks

Stats:
• PPG – 5.6
• RPG – 1.2
• APG – 0.8
• PER – 19.8

Walton was another one of Chris Mack’s early offers after taking the UofL job. Walton has not visited with UofL or the staff as of yet, but the staff is staying in contact. Walton recently cut his list of schools to 7 and UofL made the cut. With the list of schools down to 7, it appears visits will likely be his next step and the UofL staff is most assuredly working diligently to get Walton on campus for a visit.

Walton only played in 5 games during this camp. His best game was his first game of the camp. He scored 11 points, grabbed 1 board, had 1 assist, 1 block, and 1 steal. He was 3-7 (42.9%) from the field, 3-5 (60%) from three point range, and 2-2 (100%) from the foul line.

Kai Jones

Kai Jones

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2019 3 Star C
• Height – 6’10
• Weight – 205 lbs
• High School – Brewster Academy (Wolfeboro, NH; Originally from the Bahamas)

Team at Top 100 Camp: San Antonio Spurs

Stats:
• PPG – 4.6
• RPG – 2.3
• APG – 0.4
• SPG – 1.3
• BPG – 0.7
• PER – 19.7

Jones is relatively new on Chris Mack’s radar. He was just offered by UofL on June 8. Jones, though not as big as typical Cs in Mack’s system, is long, a great shot blocker, and highly skilled around the basket. He could likely add some weight and strength if he chooses to come to UofL. It’s still really early in the recruiting process for Jones, but UofL is likely working to get a campus visit from him.

Jones’ best game at the camp was probably his second game. He scored 6 points, grabbed 4 rebounds, had 1 assist, 2 blocks, and 1 steal. He was 2-4 (50%) from the field and 2-4 (50%) from the foul line.

Kira Lewis

Kira Lewis

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2019 4 Star PG
• Height – 6’3
• Weight – 160 lbs
• High School – Hazel Green (Hazel Green, AL)

Team at Top 100 Camp: San Antonio Spurs

Stats:
• PPG – 7.6
• RPG – 2.0
• APG – 1.1
• PER – 22.1

Lewis was offered by UofL in May. He is an athletic, skilled G. Despite only weighing 160, he’s tough and a good finisher at the rim. UofL is going to have a tough time getting him out of AL as the Crimson Tide are set on keeping him in state. UK is also showing him interest. Of course, Coach Mack is still going to work hard to win him over. He’s worth it.

Lewis’ best game at the camp was his first. He scored 15 points, grabbed 4 rebounds, and dished out 2 assists. He shot 6-8 (75%) from the field, 1-2 (50%) from three point range, and 2-2 (100%) from the foul line. He can be a great scorer for any coach that gets him.

Malik Hall

Malik Hall

Photo Courtesy of Jody Demling/Cardinal Authority and 247sports

2019 4 Star F
• Height – 6’7
• Weight – 190 lbs
• High School – Sunrise Christian (Wichita, KS)

Team at Top 100 camp: Golden State Warriors

Stats:
• PPG – 9.8
• RPG – 3.1
• APG – 1.0
• SPG – 1.4
• PER – 26.3

According to an article by 247sports Jerry Meyer, UofL is one of the schools recruiting Hall the hardest. He obviously fits Mack’s system to a T. He can shoot both from three and from mid-range while also getting to and finishing at the rim. He can handle the ball well, almost like a G. It probably didn’t hurt UofL’s chances that he played with current UofL commit Josh Nickelberry all camp. Oregon and Texas are also hot after the coveted F, with Oregon seemingly the favorite.

In Hall’s best game at the camp, he scored 12 points, grabbed 2 rebounds, had 2 assists, and 2 steals. He shot 5-7 (71.4%) from the field and 2-3 (66.7%) from three point range. He’s very versatile and would be a welcome addition.

Omar Payne

Omar Payne

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2019 4 Star PF
• Height – 6’9
• Weight – 195 lbs
• High School – Osceola (Kissimmee, FL)

Team at Top 100 camp: Miami Heat

Stats:
• PPG – 2.0
• RPG – 3.9
• APG – 0.4
• BPG – 1.6
• PER – 18.1

Payne is a guy that was being recruited both by the previous UofL regime as well as Mack while he was at Xavier, according to an article by Jody Demling of 247sports.com. UofL is still showing him quite a bit of interest and it appears likely a visit from Payne will happen at some point. Payne’s recruitment is still in its infancy, but it’s likely Coach Mack will be in it for the long haul.

In Payne’s best game, he didn’t score a point, but he did grab 12 boards, had 2 assists, and 3 blocks. Though he didn’t get to show his scoring prowess, Payne showed his high motor and rebounding capabilities.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Peyton Siva’s Highlights From His Season With Alba Berlin

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Cardinal forever, Peyton Siva just finished up his season with Alba Berlin. If you need some basketball to help get you through this dead period, this is the perfect solution!

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Top UofL Basketball Recruiting Target Impresses During First Day Of NBPA Top 100 Camp

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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:

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3rd Annual Russdiculous Golf Scramble

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The one and only, Russ Smith will be hosting his 3rd annual golf scramble on June 25th. Benefits will go to King Elementary ‘s Russdiculous reads program. Go to Russsmithfoundation.org for more information! More details to come!

Two 2019 UofL Basketball Recruiting Targets Visited Campus; Jahmius Ramsey Update

Two new 2019 players are on the radar for UofL Coach Chris Mack and staff; Jason Jitoboh a C out of Hamilton Heights Christian Academy in Chattanooga, TN and G Harlond Beverly out of Southfield Christian Academy in Southfield, MI. Beverly visited last Saturday and Jitoboh visited Thursday.

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Cardinal Forever, Greg Minor, Reflects On His Time At UofL

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Greg Minor recently sat down with Drew Stephens and discussed his time at UofL, time in the NBA, the injury and what he has been up to lately. Take a look below for the full story!

“Trusting your gut instincts is one of the more important keys to life, from my experience. Knowing what I know now, my late teens and early 20s were full of optimism and life choices that counter trusting your gut. Selecting the University of Louisville was purely trusting my gut instincts. It was the right choice looking back…”

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2019 4 Star Forward Visiting UofL

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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.

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UofL Basketball Gets Their First 2019 Commitment From 4 Star Guard

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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.

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Donovan Mitchell Named Top Rookie In Players Voice Awards

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The people who know the game the best, have spoken. Donovan Mitchell was named “Leader of The New School” (aka Rookie of the Year) by his peers in this year’s Player’s Voice Awards. Now we just wait to see the media follows suit.

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Robbie Valentine Stopped In On Middays With Marques Maybin

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Robbie Valentine was on air with Marques Maybin and Steve Rummage for the Tuesday May 15th edition of Middays with Marques Maybin. They discussed everything from Robbie’s upcoming 33rd (!) annual basketball camps to the type of recruits coach Mack has been bringing in. They also discussed the incredible Donovan Mitchell and the impact he has had on the Louisville and Utah communities thus far. Take a listen below!

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2013 Championship Celebration Planned For June

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According to John Lewis with WDRB, cardnation will get their chance to celebrate the 2013 National Championship sometime in June thanks to the Louisville Sports Commission.

**Update**

Venue: 4th Street Live!

Friday June 29, 2018

Doors open at 530pm & runs until 830pm

General admission tickets are $20 per person

Upper & lower level seating tickets are $60 per person (Only 100 available)

 

2019 4 Star G Jahmius Ramsey Set To Visit UofL

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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.

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2019 4 Star NC Guard Set To Visit UofL

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2019 4 Star G Josh Nickelberry out of Northwood Temple Academy in Fayetteville, NC is visiting UofL on Friday per Evan Daniels. It is an unofficial visit.

Nickelberry is a 6’4 175 lbs SG with offers from UNC, NC State, Florida, Baylor, Florida State, Auburn, Xavier, Georgetown, Oklahoma, West Virginia, and many others. He is ranked as the 53rd best player in the 2019 class by 247sports.com.

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UofL Basketball Picks Up Commitment From Samford Grad Transfer

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UofL Basketball picked up a commitment today. It’s been a long time since that sentence has been written and it feels glorious. The committed player is 6’2 Grad Transfer PG Christen Cunningham out of Samford University.

Cunningham is actually from Georgetown, KY. He attended Henry Clay High School in Lexington and played for former UofL player Ellis Myles on his Louisville Magic AAU team. While at Samford, Cunningham was coached by Scott Padgett who is from Louisville and played under Pitino at that school down the road.

At Samford, Cunningham was a true PG. He was an excellent ball handler and floor leader with a physical style of play. Cunningham showed the ability to get to the rack and finish through contact. He has a nice midrange and 3 point shot. Where Cunningham truly shines, however, is his passing ability. He makes really nifty passes and his court vision allows him to see guys before they are open.

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No Cancellation This Time As 2018 G Courtney Ramey Visits UofL Today

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Missouri G Courtney Ramey, one of the highest rated unsigned players left in the 2018 class, is scheduled to make a visit to the University of Louisville today.

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UofL Is Reentering 2018 G Courtney Ramey’s Recruitment

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It was about a week ago that UofL Head Coach Chris Mack announced that UofL was no longer recruiting 2018 4 Star PG and former UofL commit Courtney Ramey.

Many UofL media and fans were caught off guard that Mack mentioned a recruit by name and thought that definitively ended UofL’s pursuit of Ramey.

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Chris Mack Joins Midday’s With Marques Maybin

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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!

Donovan Mitchell Breaks (Another) Jazz Rookie Record

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Donovan Mitchell continues to have break out game, after break out game. He has made his mark on the NBA and won over the hearts of Jazz fans in just a few short months. Last night marked another milestone in his early career, Donovan Mitchell has posted 20+ points in each of his last 10 games, marking the longest 20-point streak by a rookie in Jazz history. Keep it up Spida!

Chris Mack Completes His Coaching Staff

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Press release from the University of Louisville:

Mack Fills UofL Coaching Staff with Three Experienced Assistants

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Three experienced assistant men’s basketball coaches have joined head coach Chris Mack’s staff at the University of Louisville, including Dino Gaudio, Luke Murray and Mike Pegues.

Pegues (pronounced puh-GEESE) has worked as an assistant coach with Mack for the past six seasons at Xavier, Murray has been an assistant coach with Mack for the past three seasons at Xavier, and Gaudio is a former basketball television analyst who has 23 years of collegiate coaching experience, including a stint at Wake Forest with Mack.

Luke Murray

Murray has operated on college basketball staffs for the last 11 seasons at Xavier, Rhode Island, Towson, Wagner and Arizona.  During his three seasons at Xavier (2015-18), the Musketeers produced an 81-26 record (.757) and advanced in the NCAA Tournament each year.  Their 2017-18 squad achieved a 29-6 record, won Xavier’s first Big East Conference regular season championship, earned the school’s first-ever No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament and finished third in the final Associated Press poll.  In addition, Murray played a key role as the Xavier staff assembled three straight nationally-ranked recruiting classes.

“Luke Murray is a superstar,” said Mack. “No detail goes unnoticed with Luke. Whether it’s working with our perimeter players, scouting, or recruiting, Luke excels. He’s one of the most organized, detailed and high-energy recruiters that I’ve ever been around. He carries the role of recruiting coordinator on the staff and allows us to leave no stone unturned when searching for the next University of Louisville great.

Murray worked two years at Rhode Island under current Connecticut coach Dan Hurley (2013-15), including the 2014-15 season when the Rams finished 23-10 overall, tied for second in the Atlantic 10 Conference and earned an NIT berth.

Preceding his time at Rhode Island, Murray spent two seasons (2011-13) as an assistant coach at Towson under Pat Skerry.  In 2012-13, he helped Towson orchestrate of one of college basketball’s greatest turnarounds as the Tigers set an NCAA record for the best one-season improvement, rising from a one-win campaign in 2011-12 to an 18-13 mark and a second-place finish in the CAA in 2012-13.  He was an integral part in attracting the top-rated recruiting class in the CAA for 2012-13, including 2013 and 2014 CAA Player of the Year and former Utah Jazz forward Jerrelle Benimon.

Murray was an assistant coach for the 2010-11 season under Hurley at Wagner College in Staten Island, N.Y. In the 2009-10 season, Murray served as a graduate assistant on the Ari¬zona staff under former Xavier head coach Sean Miller, while working on his master’s degree in educational psychology. Murray broke into the collegiate coaching field as the director of basketball operations at Quinnipiac in the 2007-08 season.

A native of Palisades, N.Y., Murray earned a degree in sociology from Fairfield in 2007.  He and his wife, Kara, have one son Luke Jr., who was born in October 2017.

Mike Pegues

During Pegues’ six seasons at Xavier (2012-18), the Musketeers produced a 142-67 record (.679) and advanced to the NCAA Tournament on five occasions, reaching an Elite Eight and Sweet 16.  Xavier’s  2017-18 squad achieved a 29-6 record, won Xavier’s first Big East Conference regular season championship, earned the school’s first-ever No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament and finished third in the final Associated Press poll.

Pegues contributed significantly to Xavier gathering multiple nationally-ranked recruiting classes, including three straight top 20 ranked classes in his final three years there.

“Mike Pegues is one of the best post coaches in the country,” said Mack. “He does a terrific job of teaching footwork, positioning and understanding of the game.  Having been with me for the past six seasons, it’s been impressive to see the development of big men during Mike’s tenure. Our players will love his energy, IQ for the game and his sincerity. His relationships with coaches around the country have allowed us to recruit from some of the best high school programs in the nation.”

Before his arrival at Xavier, Pegues spent two seasons as an assistant coach at his alma mater, Delaware, under head coach Monté Ross. Delaware finished 18-14 in Pegues’ final season, including a 12-6 record in the CAA.   Pegues served as video coordinator at Virginia Commonwealth during the 2009-10 season, helping the Rams to a 27-9 record and the Collegiate Basketball Invitational title.

Pegues had a stellar collegiate career at Delaware, where he earned a degree in communications in 2000.  The all-time leading scorer in Delaware men’s basketball history with 2,030 points, Pegues led the Blue Hens to two NCAA Tournament appearances while playing under former UD head coach and current Notre Dame head coach Mike Brey from 1996-2000.  He was a two-time All-District selection and a 2000 CoSIDA Academic All-American and became the first UD men’s player to be named the America East Conference Player of the Year as a junior. He was inducted into the UD Athletics Hall of Fame in 2007.

A native of Washington, D.C., Pegues attended Delaware after an impressive career at national power DeMatha Catholic High School.

He played professionally in Italy, New Zealand, England and Argentina, as well as one season in the Continental Basketball Association. After suffering a knee injury, he returned close to home to teach at Friendship Collegiate Academy in Washington, D.C. He served as an assistant coach for three seasons at Bishop O’Connell High School under Joe Wooten, son of legendary high school head coach Morgan Wooten. He also coached the DC Assault AAU squad.

Dino Gaudio

Gaudio has most recently served as a basketball analyst for ESPN for the past eight years, but has 23 years of collegiate coaching experience and has previously worked with Mack.

“Dino Gaudio is a home run for us,” said Mack. “He’s trusted, loyal and a person that I have always looked up to in this profession. Not many head coaches have the luxury of having a former head coach in the ACC on staff. Dino’s role on the floor coaching our players will be immense. Our players will benefit in ways that other staffs can’t duplicate. I’m excited to get him out of the studio and on to the basketball court where he belongs.”

In three seasons as the head coach at Wake Forest (2007-10), Gaudio guided the Demon Deacons to a 61-31 overall record and a pair of NCAA Tournament appearances.  His 2008-09 team opened the season with a program-best 16-0 start as the last unbeaten team in the nation, finished second in the ACC behind 2009 NCAA Champion North Carolina (who Wake Forest beat that season), and rose to the nation’s top-ranked team before finishing 12th in the final Associated Press poll.

In 2010, despite losing two players to early entry in the NBA Draft, Wake Forest won 20 games – including all five of its overtime games that season — and reached the NCAA Tournament.  He was twice recognized by a media organization as the ACC Coach of the Year, achieving that honor by Rivals.com in 2008 and CBSSports.com in 2009.

In his nine seasons at Wake Forest (2001-10), including six years as associate head coach and three as its head coach, the Demon Deacons compiled a 187-99 record, participated in six NCAA Tournaments and all 21 Demon Deacon seniors graduated. The only players in nine years who did not graduate were Chris Paul, Jeff Teague, James Johnson and Al-Farouq Aminu, all who were first-round NBA draft selections after their sophomore seasons.  While at Wake Forest, secured a pair of top 15 recruiting classes, including the 2008 class that was rated third in the nation.

It was in the first three years at Wake Forest (2001-04) when Gaudio and Chris Mack were united under the late head coach Skip Prosser.  Mack left to be an assistant coach at Xavier.

In addition to Wake Forest, Gaudio’s 10 years of Division I head coaching experience included four seasons at Army (1993-97) and three years at Loyola (Md.) College (1997-2000).

At Army, Gaudio inherited a team that had gone just 4-22 the year before his arrival. In his second year, Gaudio led the Black Knights to a 12-16 record. Gaudio helped the Knights win the only two Patriot League Tournament games in the school’s 17 years of membership in the conference.  After his stint at Army, Gaudio was named the head coach at Loyola in 1997 and posted 12 wins in his first year and 13 in his second. The 25 victories in his first two campaigns marked the best start by any Greyhound coach over the previous 26 seasons.

Gaudio broke into the college ranks at Xavier, serving as an assistant coach for six years under Pete Gillen (1987-93).  In six years, Gaudio helped the Musketeers to a 136-49 record, five 20-win seasons and five NCAA Tournament berths. Xavier won four Midwestern Collegiate Conference regular season crowns, three MCC Tournament titles and made the school’s first trip to the NCAA Sweet 16 in 1990.  He later returned to Xavier as an assistant under Skip Prosser in 2000-01 before moving to Wake Forest.

Gaudio’s association with Prosser began in 1981 when he served as an assistant coach for four seasons at Central Catholic High School in Wheeling (W.Va.) while Prosser was head coach, and the duo led Central Catholic to the 1982 state championship.  When Prosser left to become an assistant coach at Xavier in 1985, Gaudio became the head coach at Central Catholic and promptly guided the Maroon Knights to the state championship game in his first season. The following season, Gaudio directed Central Catholic to a 22-4 record and the 1987 state AA championship.

A 1981 graduate of Ohio University, Gaudio earned double bachelor’s degrees in accounting and secondary education. He attained a master’s degree in secondary education from Xavier in 1991.

A native of Yorkville, Ohio, Gaudio and his wife, Maureen, have two adult daughters, Kaylan and Alyssa.

Chris Mack Named UofL Men’s Basketball Head Coach

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After months of speculation, Chris Mack was formally announced as the new head coach of the University of Louisville. Coach Mack had previously been the head coach at Xavier University since 2009 with a record of 215-97. He lead the Muskateers to be outright champions in the Big East as well as a number 1 seed in the NCAA tournament this year.

We here at Cardinal Sports Zone would like to welcome Coach Mack and his family to CardNation and we look forward to seeing him lead this program!