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UofL Men’s Basketball Tickets On Sale Now

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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.

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2013 Championship Members Announce Lawsuit Against The NCAA

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Photo: Sam Upshaw Jr.; The Courier-Journal

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.

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UofL Women’s Basketball Is Battling UConn For Super Talented 2019 4 Star Wing

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Photo Courtesy of Dan Ricci

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.

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2019 UofL Commit Josh Nickelberry Shows Out In Inaugural Battle For Georgia AAU Tournament

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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.

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The Barbour Shop: Donovan Mitchell Continues Showing He Is A Man Of The People

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Photo Courtesy of the Utah Jazz

Donovan Mitchell is endearing himself to the people of Salt Lake City and to fans of all persuasions in the NBA. He flashes his charming grin and welcomes strangers almost as if they were family. I think it’s the only time in the history of man many people want to have a Spida as a houseguest.

Mitchell won over UofL fans in his two years here by playing hard on the court and being a man of the people off of it. Whenever he wasn’t busy with classes and practice, you might see him at a UofL baseball game or football game; sometimes alone, sometimes with a teammate or mates. And when he was there, he did not try to hide away beneath a disguise consisting of a lowered ball cap and sun glasses. He was visible and he was welcoming to any fan, young or old, that wished to shake his hand or take a photo with him.

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Photo Courtesy of Andy Lyons/Getty Images North America

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UofL Basketball Adds Walk On From Division III College In Maine

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Photo Courtesy of Matt Hanna’s Twitter Account (@MHanna_22)

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.

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Mack Continues To Work To Dissolve “Eras” Of UofL Basketball

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Chris Mack promised at his opening press conference, there would no longer be “eras” when it came to UofL basketball. Three months on the job, and he has already shown how determined he is to keep that promise. The 2013 National Championship team held their 5 year celebration on Friday night and the former players talked about how Mack has gone above and beyond to make them feel welcomed on campus and in the program.

Damion Lee And The Phone Call That Changed His Life

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Photo courtesy of NBA.com

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.

UofL Basketball Hosting Some Elite Talent On Campus This Week

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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.

QUDUS WAHAB

Qudus Wahab

Photo Courtesy of Jody Demling/Cardinal Authority and 247sports.com

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.

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Khwan Fore Is Officially In The Fold For The Cards

Khwan Fore

Photo Courtesy of Louisville Men’s Basketball Twitter Account (@LouisvilleMBB)

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.

Donovan Mitchell Joins NBA On TV To Talk Draft, Rookie Season And More (Video)

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A year ago, nobody was even sure if Donovan Mitchell had made the right choice by declaring for the NBA draft. Today, we know, he chose wisely. Last night, he joined the set of NBA TV to talk all things draft class, rookie season and he even gave out some words of wisdom to the 2018 draft class.

A Cardinal Returns To The Nest: Akoy Agau Is Back At UofL

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Photo Courtesy of scout.com and 247sports.com

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.

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Donovan Mitchell On The JJ Redick Podcast

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Photo Courtesy of SI.com

Donovan Mitchell recently sat down with JJ Redick to discuss all things NBA. How was his draft day experience? Why Donovan is so determined to continue to give back? Take a listen below to find out more!

How UofL Recruiting Targets Did At NBPA Top 100 Camp

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Photo Courtesy of NBPA.com

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 

(Click more for recruit breakdowns)

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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

Jahmius Ramsey

Photo Courtesy of Billy Embody, 247sports.com

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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Coach Walz Receives Revised Contract

All Hail, Vince Tyra.

In his first year – actually first few months – the Louisville Athletic Director has secured a five star head Basketball Coach in Chris Mack, revised the contracts of both Ken Lolla and Dan McDonnell. Now, Tyra has ensured Louisville’s Jeff Walz will remain with the Cardinals.

The University of Louisville’s Athletic Association personnel committee approved a contract extension for Louisville Basketball head Coach Jeff Walz.

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

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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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