Sooooo, it looks like Coach Mack made the right choice in his strength and conditioning coach…
Here Ye! Here Ye! Look who’s coming down the pipe this time. Jeff Walz and your UofL women’s basketball staff are at it again. This time, they are knocking on the door of 5 star 6’3 wing Ms Rickea Jackson. Could this be a good time now to mention she’s the number 9 rated player in her class?
Rickea Jackson is the number 9 ranked player in her class for now. She can easily move into a top five spot by the end of her senior year at Detroit Edison Public Academy – she’s that good folks. Jackson also has a very impressive list of schools, as she is wanted by just about every Division 1 program.
The do-it-all Jackson is spectacular in the open floor, in fact she’s spectacular in just about every phase of the game (passing, dribbling, shooting, rebounding, and defense).
Louisville isn’t looking to rebuild anymore: they are in reload mode. There is no better weapon to reload with other than Rickea Jackson!
Jackson’s athleticism is second to none. With her 6’3 frame she can do a lot of damage in the post and from the mid range. Rickea also has a nice array of post moves that she can use to counter defenders if they try to smoother her in the mid-range area. The Detroit Edison star is almost an instant mismatch every time she steps on the court. She uses her impressive wingspan to be a force on the defensive end and also on the offensive and defensive boards. Jackson is a quick leaper and has a very quick first step for anyone, despite being 6’3.
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.
Today, we received more details on what the lawsuit against the NCAA will look like.
We now know that Gorgui Dieng, Tim Henderson, Mike Marra and Stephan Van Treese and Luke Hancock will be the players suing the NCAA in the case headed by Morgan and Morgan. Rick Pitino will not be part of the lawsuit, even though Mr. Morgan and Luke both agree that he got a “raw deal”.
When asked why other players from the 2013 team were not involved in the suit, the attorney said that “this is the first group of players to come forward” so it is not clear if another group will follow in the footsteps of the initial players.
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.
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.
Cardinal Forever, Damion Lee, sat down with the Player’s Tribune recently to talk about all he has overcome to get his shot in the NBA. Resiliency does not come easy for everyone, but it has become part of Lee’s DNA – and that isn’t going to change anytime soon.
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.
There’s a new word in the dictionary these days…
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.
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.
(Click more for recruit breakdowns)
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!
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:
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 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.
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…”
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.
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.