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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

Photo Courtesy of Phenom Hoop Report Twitter Account (@Phenom_Hoops)

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bobby Petrino Gets His Second Uncaged 19 In-State Commit Of The Week

Anthony Adkins

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For the second time this week, UofL Football and Coach Bobby Petrino got a commitment from a 2019 in-state recruit. 3 Star ATH Anthony Adkins, from Larue County High School in Hodgenville, gave his pledge to UofL.

Adkins chose UofL over offers from Army, WKU, and Bowling Green. I expect more offers will likely roll in for him, so it is good UofL was able to lock him in before other schools come a calling.

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The Barbour Shop: An Interview With UofL’s Newest Commit Aidan Robbins

Aidan Robbins

Photo Courtesy of Aidan Robbins Twitter Account (@theaidanrobbins)

On Wednesday, UofL picked up a commitment from 3 Star Dupont Manual RB Aidan Robbins.

  • Height: 6’3
  • Weight: 220 lbs
  • 40 Time: 4.54
  • Shuttle Time: 4.3
  • Vertical Jump: 33 inches
  • Bench Press: 285 lbs
  • Squat: 450 lbs

*stats from Aidan Robbins HUDL page

He picked UofL over arch rival UK, Purdue, Vandy, and Missouri. He is the first of a bunch of high level talent in the city of Louisville to choose to stay home to play his college ball.

Aidan averaged 16 carries a game last season and 3.8 yards a carry per maxpreps. He also did not fumble the ball once. Strong, durable, powerful, with excellent ball security, Aidan Robbins will be a feature back that can wreak havoc on opposing defenders.

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Photo Gallery: Ryan McMahon 17-18

McMahon sat out the beginning of the 17-18 season due to injury. He finished the season appearing in 29 games, shooting 84% from the free throw line, and 40% from 3. He will look to have an increased impact this year with the departure of Quentin Snider.

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Photo Gallery: Asia Durr 17-18

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.

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

Jahmius Ramsey

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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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UofL Freshman Pitcher Bobby Miller Earns Second All-America Honor

Bobby Miller

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PRESS RELEASE from the University of Louisville Athletic Department:

Miller Earns Freshman All-America Accolade from Perfect Game

Righthanded pitcher was 6-1 with 2.97 ERA and 55 strikeouts in 66.2 innings in 2018

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – University of Louisville pitcher Bobby Miller received his second Freshman All-America honor for 2018 as the righthander was named as a First Team selection by Perfect Game on Thursday. Last week, Collegiate Baseball newspaper also tabbed Miller as a Freshman All-American.

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UofL Football Is Trying To Win The State In 2019: Aidan Robbins Commitment May Set The Victory In Motion

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Just about every coach in the NCAA wants to take care of home first (from basketball to soccer). They all speak about how important it is to win the recruiting battle and keep the good and special players home. The same goes for Louisville’s Bobby Petrino, Pete Nochta, Ryan Beard, and the rest of the coaching staff.

This year is no different; especially with all the talented young men coming from the state just within the 2019 class. This class arguably has the talent to rival any class to come before it: the 2003 class (Michael Bush), 2004 class (Brian Brohm and Mario Urrutia) and the 2013 class (James Quick, Kyle Bolin and Jason Hatcher).

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Aidan Robbins Comes Home To Roost As Newest Uncaged 19 Commit For UofL Football

aidan robbins

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Today is a huge day for Bobby Petrino and the staff at UofL as they get a Louisville kid to stay home. Aidan Robbins, a 6’3 220 pound 3 Star RB out of Dupont Manual, has chosen to join the flock at the university right next door to his high school.

Robbins, the 11th ranked player in the state of KY, has an impressive list of 21 offers; among them are Vanderbilt, Purdue, Missouri, Cincinnati, Duke, South Carolina, WKU, and UK. With all the offers, it makes locking up his commitment that much more impressive. Mike Summers and Kolby Smith (a teammate of Michael Bush) were the lead recruiters.

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Who Will UofL Football Be Getting With A Commitment From Aidan Robbins?

Aidan Robbins

Photo Courtesy of Aidan Robbins Twitter Account (@theaidanrobbins)

Today at 1:45 pm, 3 Star RB Aidan Robbins will be choosing the college he will continue his football playing career at. What many may wonder is what kind of player would UofL be getting? What style of RB is he? Can he contribute immediately? Well, let’s delve a bit into what Aidan Robbins will bring to UofL should he commit.

Aidan Robbins

Photo Courtesy of Aidan Robbins’ Hudl Acc

His Power and Strength

Aidan is as powerful a RB as you will find anywhere in the country. He’s a professional tackle breaker; a player you will see collect a ton of yards after contact. He’s a throw back to the types of RBs Bobby Petrino used to bring in. Robbins body and frame appear ready for the rigors of the ACC. I wouldn’t doubt he could get playing time as a freshman depending on what UofL’s depth looks like at RB.

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UofL Working To Make Shawnkel Knight-Goff A Part Of Uncaged 19

Shawnkel Knight-Goff

Photo Courtesy of Shawnkel Knight-Goff’s Twitter Account (@itskeltime1)

3 Star DE/OLB Shawnkel Knight-Goff out of Doss High School here in Louisville is a player UofL appears to be prioritizing in recruiting. He is a fast, powerful, highly versatile player. The kind of player UofL covets as well as other schools.

Knight-Goff is 6’4 210 lbs and runs an impressive 4.48 40 yard dash. Besides UofL and UK, IU, Purdue, Cincinnati, and WKU are among the other 9 schools to offer him. Mike Summers and LD Scott are currently UofL’s primary recruiters per 247sports.com.

Back on May 19, Knight-Goff committed to UofL’s arch rival UK. It seemed like UofL had lost one of the city’s best players to its biggest enemy. However, on May 31, Knight-Goff backed out of his commitment to UK. (Editor’s Note: Thank Goodness!)

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ULAA Board Of Directors Approves New Contract Terms For UofL Baseball Coach Dan McDonnell

Dan McDonnell

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Nearly a week after turning down overtures from one of college baseball’s blue blood programs Mississippi State, the ULAA Board of Directors has approved new contract terms for baseball coach Dan McDonnell.

He has 8 years left on the current deal which shall remain the same. His base salary and incentives are where the change will occur. McDonnell will receive “incremental bumps” in each of these areas, according to UofL AD Vince Tyra. The details weren’t elaborated upon in the press release.

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Cards Add Kristian Varner To UnCaged19

Kritian Varner

On Saturday afternoon, 2019 UofL Football recruiting target Kristian Varner from Hiram, GA committed to UofL while he was on an unofficial visit.

Varner, a 3 Star 6’4 240 lbs DE, plays for Hiram High School. He picked Louisville over Tennessee, Iowa State, Western Kentucky, among other schools.

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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.

Jason Jitoboh

Photo Courtesy of Jason Jitoboh’s Twitter Account (@JasonJitoboh)

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Photo Gallery: Sam Fuerhing 17-18

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.

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UofL OF Josh Stowers Picked By Seattle Mariners In MLB Draft

Josh Stowers

Photo Courtesy of Josh Stowers’ Twitter Account (@joshstowers7)

UofL OF Josh Stowers is now a member of the Seattle Mariners after being the 54th pick in the 2nd round of last night’s MLB Draft.

Stowers joins a long line of UofL baseball players drafted in the early rounds (there are 40 rounds in the MLB Draft); among them are Corey Ray, Brendan McKay, Nick Solak, and the Burdi brothers.

Stowers grew as a player at UofL. He went from being used as a pinch runner, pinch hitter, and occasional starter his freshman year to an everyday starter and rising star on a College World Series team his sophomore year.

As a junior this year, Stowers cemented his status as a star by becoming a heart of the order mainstay, a terror on the base paths, and an excellent defender in the outfield for Coach Dan McDonnell. While having power in his bat, Stowers was also able to hit for average. The speed he possessed was reminiscent of former Card Corey Ray.

Stowers was stellar this season batting .336 with 14 doubles, 4 triples, 9 home runs, 60 rbis, 36 stolen bases, and 72 runs scored. He also maintained a .980 fielding percentage with 146 put outs per gocards.com.

We at Cardinal Sports Zone congratulate Josh Stowers on his incredible Cardinal career and wish him the best in his Major League career.

Below is the press release from UofL regarding Josh Stowers.

Press Release from the University of Louisville Athletic Department: 

Mariners Select Stowers in Second Round of 2018 MLB Draft

Junior outfielder hit .336 with nine home runs, 60 RBIs, 14 doubles and 36 stolen bases in 2018

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – University of Louisville junior outfielder Josh Stowers was selected 54th overall by the Seattle Mariners in the second round of the 2018 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft on Monday night. The selection marks the third straight season and the fourth time in the last five seasons the Cardinals have had a player chosen in the first two rounds of the MLB Draft.

A native of Westchester, Illinois, Stowers was an All-ACC First Team selection hitting .336 with nine home runs, 60 RBIs, 14 doubles, 72 runs scored, 52 walks and 36 stolen bases in 43 attempts this season. Stowers closed his third collegiate season by reaching base safely in 47 consecutive games, the longest streak for the Cardinals since the 2000 season. The 36 stolen bases in 2018 rank as the sixth highest single season total in school history. In his three-year career at Louisville, Stowers hit .323 with 60 stolen bases (eighth most in school history), 126 runs scored and 96 RBIs in 147 games played.

The 2018 MLB Draft continues Tuesday with rounds 3-10 starting at 1 p.m., ET, before concluding Wednesday at noon ET with rounds 11-40.

The Louisville baseball team concluded its 2018 season on Sunday night with a loss at Texas Tech in the championship round of the NCAA Lubbock Regional. The Cardinals finished with a 45-19 record overall after advancing to the final round of an NCAA Regional for the seventh straight season. Louisville also registered its seventh straight 40-win season and the 11th in 12 seasons under head coach Dan McDonnell.

Fans can follow Louisville baseball on Twitter at @UofLBaseball and on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/ulbaseball.

 LOUISVILLE BASEBALL AT 2018 MLB DRAFT

  • OF, Josh Stowers (Westchester, Ill./Mount Carmel HS) – 2nd Round – 54th Selection – Seattle Mariners

Cards Add Richmond Grad Transfer Khwan Fore

Khawn

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On Saturday Afternoon, Coach Chris Mack and staff received word that Richmond grad transfer Khwan Fore will be wearing a Cardinal uniform this upcoming season.

Khwan originally committed to Tennessee in early May as a grad transfer, but has now decided to join the Cardinals instead. Fore is 6-0 guard from Huntsville, Alabama.

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2019 4 Star Forward Visiting UofL

Jaelyn Withers

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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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Lyn Strange And Isaac Stewart Transferring From UofL Football

UofL Football announced that redshirt senior LB Isaac Stewart and redshirt freshman DB Lyn Strange have been granted their releases and will transfer out of the program.

A 6’2 240 lbs native of NC, Stewart had a career total of 57 tackles for UofL including 3 tackles for loss. He also recorded a sack and a forced fumble in his 3 years in the program according to sports-reference.com.

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