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As if UofL fans needed another reason to adore Donovan Mitchell. Donovan surprised his mother with a new Audi SUV yesterday. As you will see in the video below from ESPN via Donovan’s Instagram account, she was taken aback and loved her gift from her son.
UofL has been blessed to have outstanding young men join our sports programs and school the last few years and Donovan is proving to be another great one on the basketball court and off of it. It’s always nice to see an athlete with a heart like Donovan Mitchell.
Donovan Spida Mitchell. He is one of the most beloved cardinals to wear the uniform in recent years, and rightfully so. He has been off to a great start in his professional career and just recently came through with a promise he made to his mom to buy her a new car. Andrew Sharp with Sports Illustrated ranks the top 15 in the rookie class based on the first month’s performance, and Donovan is getting the recognition he deserves.
Despite a future clouded by the possibility of NCAA investigation and the uncertainty of his own job status after the season, David Padgett is trying to salvage UofL Basketball’s recruiting classes for 2018 and beyond. It may be an uphill battle, but there are two highly thought of former commits still interested in the Cards.
When Quentin Snider, Anas Mahmoud and Deng Adel committed to play basketball at the University of Louisville, they never could have guessed the obstacles they would be facing. They have played through the Katina Powell scandal and now the FBI one. They never let it bring them down though, they have been the solid foundation that the freshman and sophomores have needed. Jeff Borzello with ESPN.COM talks about how vital the upperclassman have been.
Jeff Greer with the Courier Journal recently sat down with interim head coach, David Padgett for 30 minutes, and got the inside scoop on how he is adjusting. They talked about everything from recruiting to adjusting to the size of his new office (hint, it is huge).
It was announced today that Deng Adel has been named to the preseason top 50 candidate list for the Wooden Award. The Wooden award is the most prestigious individual honor in college basketball. Congrats to Adel!
The first AP Poll of the regular season has been released. Duke remains at the top with Michigan State coming in at number two. UofL slides two and lands at number 18.
Pat Forde with Yahoo Sports noticed how quiet the Yum! Center seemed on Sunday. Between a smaller crowd than usual, a smaller student section, and a much quieter coach, the entire day felt different. Different doesn’t always mean bad, but only time will tell on how it plays out.
Rick Pitino released a statement through his lawyer today following yesterday’s accusations. Coach Pitino condemns the latest allegations to be false and defamatory in nature. He maintains his innocence and will continue to fully cooperate with the government’s ongoing investigation.
Deng Adel has found himself on yet another preseason watch list for a prestigious individual award. The 6’7 Junior G/F is one of 50 players named to the Naismith Trophy preseason watch list.
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The Naismith Trophy has been awarded annually since 1969 to the National College Player of the Year by the Atlanta Tipoff Club. Adel is seeking to become UofL’s first ever winner of the award.
Adel averaged 12.1 points, 4.5 rebounds, and 2.1 assists per game as a sophomore last year. This year, he is expected to be a focal point offensively so his stats should increase.
In UofL’s two exhibition wins this preseason, Adel averaged 16.5 points, 4.5 rebounds, and 2 assists. He will definitely be one of the primary scoring options for UofL.
Adel has already been named to the watch lists for the Oscar Robertson Trophy and the Julius Erving Award. The Oscar Robertson Trophy is given annually to the National College Player of the Year while the Julius Irving Award is given annually to college basketball’s Small Forward of the Year.
You can see the entire Naismith Trophy watch list by clicking on the link in the tweet below.
One ESPN Writer is making some very bold predictions about David Padgett’s future as UofL Basketball coach and about the team’s prospects for the season.
Myron Medcalf is predicting that, by midseason, Padgett will be given a multiyear deal to become UofL’s permanent head coach. This is music to some UofL fan’s ears.
Medcalf expects that, even with Padgett’s inexperience, he will lead UofL’s superbly talented roster to at least the second weekend of the NCAA Tournament. He compares Padgett to another coach that took over a team unexpectedly and led it deep into the tournament. The coach was Steve Fisher and the team was 1989 NCAA Champion Michigan.
I know UofL fans are hoping Myron Medcalf’s bold predictions come true. Let’s hope they do.
You can read Medcalf’s entire article below. It includes many other interesting predictions for all of college basketball that you may find interesting.
Now that all of the exhibition games are complete, it is time to focus on the first official game of the 2017-2018 men’s basketball season. The Student CAF announced today all of the promotions for the season, including a pajama night, ugly sweater night and a neon night. Check out the full schedule below!
On September 26, 2017, the day started off just like any other day. Most of us went to work, student athletes and students attended classes, naps were taken, never would anyone have guessed the landscape of college basketball would be potentially changed forever that day.
Jeff Greer with the Courier Journal sat down with some of the current players on the UofL men’s basketball team and asked them how they all found out about the FBI investigation. Anas was leaving a finance class, Quentin was taking a nap, VJ and Ryan were in a biology lab, everyone was going about their normal, every day business when a tsunami hit.
While everyone had the same initial reaction of shock and disbelief, it is the way Q, Anas and Adel stepped up to make sure the team did not fall apart. Their true leadership skills shined like never before in some of the toughest days of being a cardinal.
ESPN.Com released their top 50 players in college basketball for the upcoming season. Two Cardinals make the list, with the first Cardinal mentioned being a pleasant surprise. Take a look for yourself and let us know what you think about the rankings.
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You all may have heard Brian Bowen was recently cleared by the FBI in their investigation of a pay to play scandal in college hoops. It is important to note, he was cleared in the FBI investigation, but not cleared to play for UofL. The news from yesterday is simply that UofL can now investigate if Bowen is eligible to suit up and play in games for UofL or not.
From reading Tim Sullivan’s article in the Courier Journal, it appears Bowen was used by his father as a pawn for money. Bowen’s lawyer, whose words must be taken with a grain of salt, indicates Bowen was completely unaware of his father’s scheming. The article certainly makes it seem like the FBI is tacitly approving this narrative.
Even if that’s the case, it may not mean he ever plays a minute for UofL. It’s unknown at this point who makes the call on Brian Bowen playing. It could be UofL if he was simply suspended by the school or it could be the NCAA if he was declared ineligible by them. It’s not clear what Bowen’s status truly is and whose decision it is to reinstate him or not.
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Brian Bowen may yet suit up for the University of Louisville Cardinals Men’s Basketball team. Bowen was a 5 star, McDonald’s All-American player in the 2017 class that was at the center of a pay for play scandal uncovered by the FBI. The scandal cost Tom Jurich and Rick Pitino their jobs.
Per Tim Sullivan of the Courier Journal, the FBI has informed UofL they may now do an internal investigation into Bowen to see if he could possibly be reinstated.
Bowen’s attorney Jason Setchen told Sullivan that there are no more “investigative impediments” on Bowen and UofL was free to do internal investigations and consider his reinstatement.
Sullivan wrote, “The university has yet to clarify whether Bowen has simply been suspended on a precautionary basis or been declared ineligible, which would make his reinstatement subject to NCAA approval.” So, Bowen’s reinstatement may be in the hands of the NCAA and not UofL.
According to Sullivan, it appears Bowen’s father, along with at least 1 UofL coach, Adidas representatives, and others were in on the scheme.
Setchen told Sullivan that Bowen was not involved and brought up the Cam Newton case from a few years ago. That case involved Newton’s father attempting to get Mississippi State to pay for his son’s services. Setchen told Sullivan he believes the circumstances are similar.
Sullivan talked to an attorney from Atlanta named Stuart Brown who has dealt with NCAA eligibility issues. Brown told Sullivan he believes Bowen will likely be reinstated with the evidence he’s viewed so far.
“I would suspect the young man would get reinstated with some repayment and community service stipulations and some meaningful withholding (from competition), but certainly not a whole season,” Brown advised Sullivan. “That’s presuming that the institution decides that a violation occurred.”
You can read Sullivan’s entire article in full detail below.
Tim Sullivan has now written an opinion piece. In it, he advised UofL can no longer just sit idly by and use the FBI investigation as a crutch in dealing with eligibility questions involving Brian Bowen.
You can read Sullivan’s full Courier Journal article via Jeff Greer’s tweet below.
Jeff Borzello and Jeff Goodman of ESPN both spoke with Setchen about Bowen. Borzello wrote an article and it basically confirmed what Setchen had told Tim Sullivan. You can read Borzello’s story and information Setchen provided to Goodman via Goodman’s tweet below.
The Teams have been announced for the second red-white scrimmage. The game takes place tonight at 7 pm at the Yum! Center. Who’s your pick on the game?
The University of Louisville’s Men’s Basketball Media guide was released today. Take a look below!
The last month has been rough regarding Cardinal basketball. Throughout it all, it seems David Padgett has given us a positive attitude and reminded us all the sun will continue to come up and shine. Tonight, he did that once again. Coach Padgett invited all former players and coaches back to practice tonight, and it was a picture perfect moment.