There’s a very special UofL fan that needs your help. She has no voice, for she cannot talk. She cannot get up and get what she wants, for she cannot walk. She cannot even really move and she is fed through a feeding tube. She cannot regulate her own body temperature or her sodium or really anything. This causes seizures and frequent hospital visits.
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.
Kylee had a productive year in 2017-18 as she played in 37 games, averaging 5 points and 4 rebounds. She is a weapon from outside, as she shot close to 40% from 3 last year and she creates a match up problem against opposing post players. Look for big things from her next season as a junior.
It’s no doubt that Louisville’s Women’s basketball program has experienced a meteoric explosion in it’s rise to national prominence. Accidentally? No. Intentionally? Hell yeah! Louisville has experienced this explosive rise because:
1. They were deliberate in hiring not a good coach; but a great one.
2. The recruitment of quality players with great basketball skills and character.
3. Getting those players with high skill sets drafted into the WNBA.
4. The consistent ability of the coaches and players to secure significant program changing wins against some of the nation’s elite teams.
As a freshman Dana appeared in all 37 games and was named to the ACC All-Freshman team. She also led all ACC freshman with 3.7 assists per game. She will be an important spark off of the bench as the team chases a national championship.
Jazmine saw her role increase significantly last season, as she ended up starting all 37 games. She averaged 9 points a game on 51% shooting and a positive assist to turnover rate. Her contributions will be key in the pursuit of a national championship next season.
Arica Carter was a steadying force for a run to the Final Four last season. In the 2017-18 season she started all 36 games, shot 40% from 3, and had a 2-to-1 assist to turnover ratio. Next season, her senior year, she will be relied on to take care of the ball and get the ball into the hands of her play makers.
Asia enters her senior year as one of the best players in the country. Last year’s ACC player of the year will break into the 2,000 point club this season. In the 17-18 season she averaged almost 19 a game, while shooting 40% from 3 and 80 percent from the free throw line. She will again be an integral part of a team that is seeking their first national championship.
Sam Fuerhing was one of the most important players on this year’s Final Four team. She is the toughest player on the court and she is expected to have a big year in her senior season.
Dwayne Sutton had a solid year in his first season with the Cardinals. He broke into the starting lineup a few times and was the guy that did everything. His role will surely be increased next season with the departure of several players.
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Myisha Hines-Allen has completed her basketball career at the University of Louisville. She finishes with over 1,900 points, 43 double-doubles and 124 career starts. She was selected 19th overall in this year’s WNBA draft by the Washington Mystics. Thank you Myisha!
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The Louisville women’s basketball team dominated in Lexington this weekend and moved on to the Final Four in Columbus, OH. Louisville beat Oregon St. 76-43 in the Elite Eight with a performance that looked like they were ready to compete for a championship.
Check out the full recap: Louisville’s Quickness Stuns Oregon State, Cardinals Head To Final Four
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The Cards took care of business on Sunday afternoon. Myisha Hines-Allen, Asia Durr, and Sam Fuehring led the way as the Cards moved on to the Sweet 16. They will play Friday night in Lexington, time TBD.
Check out the full recap: Louisville Advances To Sweet Sixteen Behind Hines-Allen 24
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The University of Louisville women’s basketball team had a pretty successful first round victory in the 2018 NCAA tournament. For a full recap click here.
But if you are more into pictures telling the story, you are in luck. For the first time ever at any UofL sporting event, the incomparable TJ Barr and I were both in attendance with our cameras. You will get a look at the game from both ends of the court. I present to you the WBB Mega-gallery.
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Jeff Walz may be a future Hall of Fame coach, and one of the best in the game, but his daughter is the real star of the family.
Photo Courtesy of USA Basketball (usab.com)
UofL Women’s Basketball Coach Jeff Walz picked up a huge commitment yesterday from 2019 prospect Ramani Parker.
Parker is a 6’4 F/C from Central High School in Fresno, CA. She is ranked the 11th best F in the nation and is ranked 58th overall prospect in ESPN/HoopGurlz Super 60 rankings. She had offers from Notre Dame, Stanford, UCLA, and Duke, among others.
CSZ Recruiting Contributor/Evaluator Sam Basden had this to say about Parker after watching her highlights:
“She is a great shot blocker, really nice anticipation. (She) Can make the outlet passes to start breaks.”
“She can definitely be used as a stretch big, good lateral quickness for her size.”
“She’s also a quick second leaper.”
“(Parker) Does a great job of keeping the ball high so shorter defenders can’t get to it.”
I watched some of her highlights as well and I’ll add a couple of things to Sam’s observations:
Parker seems to be a really good shooter with a pure stroke, a tough rebounder, and good finisher down low. She also has pretty good ball handling skills. Parker reminds me a lot of current Card Myisha Hines-Allen.
All in all, Walz found another gem and continues to recruit at insane levels.
Check out some of Parker’s highlights below from Hudl.
After a holiday slumber, the Barbour Shop is back open. The hot topic in the shop today is UofL women’s basketball and I have to say that UofL women’s basketball is the best team at UofL right now. I repeat, UofL women’s basketball is the best team at UofL right now. That’s right, I just typed that. Not to mention that it’s hard to argue that Jeff Walz isn’t the best coach on campus right now because wait for it….he is!
The drubbing of 2nd ranked Notre Dame was the nation’s introduction to a very special team of young women. For some UofL fans, it may have been their introduction as well. It was exciting basketball. The player movement, the passing, the shooting, the incredible defense; it was a gorgeous display of the game of basketball.
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Coaches and other members of UofL’s Athletic Department are saddened and sullen now that the leader they had all known for so long has been unceremoniously fired.
Courier Journal reporter Danielle Lerner wrote an article detailing the general mood of sadness around the UofL Athletic Department formerly run by Tom Jurich.
It is no secret that the Chicago Bulls are not going to be very good this season. They may actually compete for the worst team in the NBA. Russ Smith on the other hand is coming off a mega season over in China. Ya know, that one where he was averaging 61.9 points a game. Bryce Fields with Real Ball Insiders, wrote about why the Bulls picking up Russ would be a win-win.
Ps. Most of them are reasons UofL fans have been screaming at scouts since our beloved Russ graduated.