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Louisville Hoops Given 40/1 Odds Win It All In 2016

Photo: Andy Lyons – GettyThe expectations for Rick Pitino and the Louisville Cardinals drastically changed when they added transfers Damion Lee and Trey Lewis. Without Lee and Lewis, Louisville may have been a bubble team in March, but with the addition of scoring and experience, the Cardinals could be a preseason top 15 team. We’re still about five months away from the season...
Via The Cardinal Connect
23 hours ago  |  Discuss

Louisville Hoops Posts Perfect APR Score

Photo: Pete CautilliLast week we learned that the Louisville football team posted their highest GPA in program history. This week, it’s the basketball squad that is receiving academic accolades. UofL sent out a press release earlier this afternoon stating that the basketball program is one of four athletic programs to receive perfect APR scores for the spring semester. Per the...
Via The Cardinal Connect
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Pitino Offers Scholarship To Maverick Rowan’s AAU Teammate

Photo: HoopSeen the world of college basketball, recruiting is a 365-day-a-year job. Coaches across the country are constantly keeping tabs on the top prospects, but it’s late spring/early summer that they start extending scholarship offers. Rick Pitino and his staff have extended plenty of scholarship offers over the past few weeks. Jonathan Isaac, a 6-foot-9 forward from Hollywood...
Via The Cardinal Connect
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Four Star Scorer Markelle Fultz Visited Louisville On Sunday

Photo: Sporting NewsFive star swing-man V.J. King wasn’t the only big time recruit who made a visit to Louisville over the weekend. Markelle Fultz, a 6-foot-4, 170-pound shooting guard out of Dematha Catholic High School in Baltimore, MD., took an unofficial visit to Louisville on Sunday afternoon. This is Fultz second unofficial visit to Louisville after picking up a scholarship...
Via The Cardinal Connect
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Louisville Fans Need To Get Familiar With VJ King

Photo: BigShots.comWhen Louisville assistant Kenny Johnson joined Rick Pitino’s staff last year, he was tabbed as a home-run hire due to his outstanding recruiting reputation. So far so good as Pitino will welcome in a top ten recruiting class in 2015 with two five star prospects. Johnson along with the rest of the staff played a big role in Louisville’s 2016 class, but I don’t...
Via The Cardinal Connect
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Louisville Will Play Michigan State In Next Season’s ACC – Big 10 Challenge

Photo: GoCards.comReports started to surface on Wednesday morning that Rick Pitino and the Cards would take on Tom Izzo and the Michigan State Spartans in next season’s annual ACC – Big 10 challenge. The folks at UofL sent out a press release confirming the news at around 2 PM. This will be the first regular season match-up between Louisville and Michigan State in over a decade...
Via The Cardinal Connect
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Rick Pitino Says Louisville’s 2015-16 Schedule Might Put Him “In (His) Grave”

With the release of the ACC-Big Ten Challenge games, Louisville’s 2015-16 men’s basketball schedule is nearly all set. And it’s going to be a pretty-tough one.  The Cardinals, who will play at Michigan State in the challenge, have a non-conference road game at Kentucky. In the ACC, Louisville will play Duke twice, Virginia twice, North Carolina, Syracuse, Notre Dame and North...
Via College Spun
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Deng Adel Has Enrolled At Louisville

Photo: Chris HumphreyWe’re still about six months away from the 2015-16 college basketball season, but one of Rick Pitino’s prized recruits from the 2016 class has arrived on campus. CardinalAuthority.com was the first to report that Louisville signee Deng Adel has enrolled at Louisville and is already taking summer courses. Adel, 6-foot-7 swingman out of Victory Rock Prep in...
Via The Cardinal Connect
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Louisville Recruit Tyus Battle Has Committed To Michigan

Photo: Kelly Kline – Under ArmourRick Pitino and the Louisville basketball program has quietly had a nice start to the offseason. Since losing to Michigan State in the Elite 8 and losing Montrezl Harrell and Terry Rozier to the NBA Draft, Rick Pitino has landed two graduate transfers in Damion Lee (Drexel) and Trey Lewis (Cleveland St.) For the first time in four years, Pitino...
Via The Cardinal Connect
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Watch: Louisville Commit Dunks Ball Off Made 3-Point Shot…Before it Hits Ground

We’ve seen some dynamic displays of athleticism over the past few years, but Louisville commit Donovan Mitchell may have just topped them all. The four-star guard from Brewster Academy in New Hampshire has been working to perfect an unbelievable dunk, per Howie Lindsey of CardinalSports.com, and he achieved perfection during a recent session in the gym: pic.twitter.com/AtOOFed2vR...
Via Sportsnaut
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Former Cardinal Shaqquan Aaron Considering Three Schools

Photo: Otto Greule Jr – Getty ImagesIn early April, just a week after Louisville head coach Rick Pitino announced that Shaqquan Aaron would be returning to the program for his sophomore season, the exact opposite was announced. After re-committing to the program shortly after the season ended, Aaron reportedly decided to finish his career elsewhere after learning that Pitino and...
Via The Cardinal Connect
15 days ago  |  Discuss

Four Star Point Guard Has Louisville In His Final Five

Photo: Max PrepsSince the “AAU Season” tipped off a few weeks ago, Rick Pitino and his staff have been actively recruiting several prospects from the 2016 class. Alterique Gilbert, a four star point guard from Lithonia, GA., has quickly become one of Louisville’s top targets over the past few weeks. On Wednesday afternoon, Gilbert informed Scout.com that he has trimmed his...
Via The Cardinal Connect
16 days ago  |  Discuss

Louisville gets Indiana’s attention with Purdue football opener

Post from: The first thought after learning the opening opponent of UofL’s 2017 college football season will be Purdue was that this was Tom Jurich’s way of thumbing his nose at Indiana University. Jurich has attempted to get Indiana on the football schedule for years but the Hoosiers have been reluctant to playing. Scheduling IU’s arch rival get their immediate attention...
Via Louisville Card Game
16 days ago  |  Discuss

Five-Star Recruit Tyus Battle to Visit Syracuse

Five-star guard Tyus Battle, the No. 14 recruit of the class of 2016, has scheduled a visit with Syracuse. SNY’s Adam Zagoria reported the story on Zagsblog. The 6’5″, 179 pound guard will also visit Michigan. This is an interesting turn of events, as Battle recently had official visits with Duke and Louisville and had dinner with both Mike Krzyzewski and Rick Pitino. However...
Via Campus Sports Net
17 days ago  |  Discuss

Louisville Has Reached Out To Former SMU Commit LaGerald Vick

Photo: Kelly KlineWith one scholarship left for next season, Rick Pitino and his staff are certainly keeping their options open. Maverick Rowan, a 6-foot-7 swing man from the 2016 class has been the main target since the commitment from Damion Lee. Pitino and staff are hoping Rowan will reclassify and join the program in 2015, but it’s still unclear if he’ll be able to do that...
Via The Cardinal Connect
18 days ago  |  Discuss

Future Cardinal Raymond Spalding Will Compete For Kentucky Boys All Star Team

Photo: Chris HumphreyFuture Louisville Cardinal Raymond Spalding has been selected to play for the 2015 Boys Kentucky-All Star team. Spalding was a two-time first team All State perofmer for the Trinity Shamrocks. Trinity was ranked No. 1 in the state before losing in the Seventh Region semifinals. “Ray is a diamond in the rough,” Rick Pitino said of Spalding in UofL’s signing...
Via The Cardinal Connect
24 days ago  |  Discuss

Five Star Swing-man Will Visit Louisville Next Month

Photo: PlayMaker MixtapesRick Pitino’s staff was hard at work this weekend on the recruiting trail. The Louisville staff was represented at multiple different AAU events in Indiana and Kentucky. There are dozens of prospects from the 2016 class that Louisville is expressing interest in. One prospect that is receiving heavy intrest from UofL is V.J. King, a 6-foot-6, small forward...
Via The Cardinal Connect
25 days ago  |  Discuss

Maverick Rowan’s Recruitment Took An Interesting Turn On Friday Night

Photo: Kelly KlineWith Trey Lewis and Damion Lee now on board for Louisville Hoops, Rick Pitino still has one scholarship to fill for the 2015-16 season. The one name being mentioned the most over the past few days has been four star recruit Maverick Rowan. The Florida native has been a top target for Pitino’s staff for nearly a year. Rowan is currently a member of the 2016 class...
Via The Cardinal Connect
27 days ago  |  Discuss

From Rebuild to Reload: Pitino Turns a Potential Lost Year into Something Brighter

Photo: Dennis NettAfter the heart-wrenching loss to Michigan State, Louisville fans were reminded that the 2015-16 season was unlikely to be something to look forward to. While the promise of one of Rick Pitino’s best recruiting classes ever was exciting, there was a mutual understanding that making the tournament for the first time in a few years was not a given. The Cardinals...
Via The Cardinal Connect
29 days ago  |  Discuss

Pitino: Without Lee & Lewis, We’d Be In Rebuilding Mode

Photos: Getty ImagesLouisville head basketball coach Rick Pitino has been a very busy man in recent weeks. Pitino and his staff have been working tirelessly on the recruiting trail, however not the typical trail that they’re used to. Over the past few weeks, the Louisville staff has been observing the graduate transfer market. The first two players that Pitino targeted were Cleveland...
Via The Cardinal Connect
29 days ago  |  Discuss

Trey Lewis Already Has Nicknames For He & Damion Lee

Rick Pitino and the Louisville basketball program announced some big time news on Thursday morning. Damion Lee, the best available transfer in college hoops has signed with Louisville and will join the roster for next season. Lee is the second transfer to sign with the Cardinals, joining Cleveland State transfer Trey Lewis who announced earlier this month that he’ll finish his...
Via The Cardinal Connect
29 days ago  |  Discuss

Rick Pitino Comments On Louisville Adding Coveted Transfer G Damion Lee

Louisville’s 2015-16 men’s basketball team got a lot better this morning, as the Cardinals received a commitment from coveted graduate transfer guard Damion Lee.  Lee, who played at Drexel for three seasons – averaging more than 20 points a game last season – has graduated and will be eligible to play immediately next season.  Shortly following the news of the commitment...
Via College Spun
29 days ago  |  Discuss

It’s Official; Ralph Willard Will Rejoin Rick Pitino’s Staff

Photo: Associated PressNews broke last week that Louisville assistant Wyking Jones was expected to leave and accept the same position on Cuonzo Martin’s staff at California. Former Louisville assistant Ralph Willard was rumored for fill the void in Rick Pitino’s staff. Prior to Thursday morning’s press conference, UofL officially confirmed that Willard will in fact join the...
Via The Cardinal Connect
29 days ago  |  Discuss

2016 Point Guard Picks Up Scholarship Offer From Rick Pitino

Photo: Maurice DixonRick Pitino and his staff have been spending a lot of time in recent weeks trying to piece together the roster for next season. With that said, they’re obviously still evaluating prospects from the 2016 and 2017 classes. According to Alex Kline of RecruitScoop.com, Alterique Gilbert, a 6-foot-1, point guard from Lithonia, GA., is the latest recruit from the...
Via The Cardinal Connect
April 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Breakdown: Potential Roster Additions For Louisville Basketball Next Season

Photo: Jamie Rhodes – USA TodayRick Pitino and the Louisville basketball program are in an unfamiliar situation. Two weeks removed from the 2015-16 season, Pitino still isn’t exactly sure who is going to be on the roster next season. We’ve seen late additions in years past, but graduate transfers are very new for Louisville. Pitino has already added one in Cleveland State transfer...
Via The Cardinal Connect
April 22, 2015  |  Discuss
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