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Rick Pitino Extends Scholarship Offer To Another 7-Foot Recruit

Photo | @ShowTimeBaller1 Rick Pitino made history with his 2014 recruiting class when he signed two seven foot prospects. Anas Mahmoud & Matz Stockman, both tower at 7-foot-2 inches, which makes for the first ever front court duo that is taller than seven foot. It appears that Rick Pitino is getting greedy with seven footers. According to Adam Zagoria of ZagsBlog.com, Louisville...
Via The Cardinal Connect
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Four Star Shooting Guard Lands Scholarship Offer From Rick Pitino

Photo | 247 Sports When referring to the top targets for Rick Pitino and his staff in the 2015 class, Donovan Mitchell isn’t a name you’re familiar with. At this point, I wouldn’t call him a high priority for Louisville, but the 6-foot-3 shooting guard recently picked up a scholarship offer from Rick Pitino, which means there is definitely some interest. “Coach Rick Pitino...
Via The Cardinal Connect
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Louisville coach Rick Pitino: 'I can go for a long time'

Rick Pitino's game plan doesn't include retirement any time soon. The 61-year-old Louisville men's basketball coach said Wednesday he "can go for a long time" thanks to the enthusiasm provided by recent Cardinals recruiting classes. Pitino said during a news conference discussing a roster that's preparing to enter the tough Atlantic Coast Conference that...
Via Pro Sports Daily
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Louisville still waiting on two freshmen to get to campus

Louisville is still waiting on two of their six-man freshman class to make their way onto campus. Jaylen Johnson, a 6-foot-9 forward from Ypsilanti, Mi., has academic issues that he’s working through. According to Rick Pitino, there were “consolidations at his high school”, which means that it is going to take more time for the school to get certain information to Louisville.
Via Pro Sports Daily
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Recap: Rick Pitino’s Summer Update

Photo | Adam Glanzman Rick Pitino met with the media on Wednesday afternoon to provide a summer update on the program. Below is a recap of what Coach Pitino had to say. As you could expect, he’s eager for the 2014-15 season. Opening statement on Russ Smith Since we haven’t talked in a long time, I’ll realty a conversation I had with Russ Smith after the draft. I obviously...
Via The Cardinal Connect
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Louisville’s Rick Pitino Says Florida’s Billy Donovan, Hands Down, Is The Best Coach In College Basketball

Who’s the best coach in college basketball?  According to ESPN, it’s Billy Donovan. For roughly the past month, ESPN.com has been ranking the top 50 coaches in college basketball. Last week, it revealed the top of its ranking, which had Florida’s Donovan at No. 1 and Kentucky’s John Calipari at No. 2.  Rick Pitino agrees with ESPN. The Louisville coach says he would have...
Via College Spun
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Pitino on Chris Jones: As good a guard as I've coached

Rick Pitino has coached some pretty good guards during his nearly 40-year career in college basketball.  Recently at Louisville, there was Russ Smith, the two-time All-American, and Peyton Siva, the point guard who led the Cardinals to a national championship in 2013. He had a host of talented players at Kentucky, too, the school with which he won it all in 1998.  A player currently...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

Mangok Mathiang Will Participate In The adidas Unrivaled Event This Week

Pete Cautilli | The Cardinal Connect Louisville head coach Rick Pitino is expected to speak with the media around 11 AM on Wednesday morning. There wasn’t a specific reason given for the presser other than just a summer update on the program. On Tuesday Pitino broke the news to Jeff Greer of the Courier-Journal that sophomore point guard Terry Rozier will be participating in the...
Via The Cardinal Connect
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Kenny Johnson Expected To Make Big Impact On The Recruiting Trail This Month

Photo | University of Louisville The first of three five-day July evaluation periods begins Wednesday afternoon at 5 p.m., which means Rick Pitino and his staff, along with every other college coaching staff in the country, won’t be getting much sleep. We’ll be doing our best to keep you updated with all that’s happening on the recruiting scene with UofL over the next few days...
Via The Cardinal Connect
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Four Of Pitino’s Six Incoming Freshmen Have Arrived On Campus

Pete Cautilli | The Cardinal Connect As crazy as it sounds, we’re just a few months away from basketball season getting started. With that, the majority of Rick Pitino’s newcomers for the 2014-15 season have already arrived on campus. Louisville native Quentin Snider was one of the first to arrive on campus and has been with the team since the beginning of June. Big men Anas...
Via The Cardinal Connect
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Pitino: Kentucky likes college hoops more than North Carolina

When you think of where college basketball is most popular, what areas come to mind?  Surely, Tobacco Road, home to North Carolina, Duke, North Carolina State, and Wake Forest. The Atlantic Coast Conference has long led the way in the college basketball world, and the conference’s heart is in the state of North Carolina.  Rick Pitino thinks otherwise, though.  Q&A with...
Via College Spun
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Louisville’s AD Takes Shot At Kentucky, Implies That “Little Brother” Is Now Bigger

Louisville officially became a member of the Atlantic Coast Conference today. The Cardinal’s athletic director, Tom Jurich, held a press conference this afternoon to discuss the move, the state of Louisville sports, how he hopes the ACC will benefit his school, how his school with benefit the ACC, etc.  Also, naturally, Jurich was asked about the rivalry with Kentucky, and how...
Via College Spun
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Rick Pitino’s Assistant Coaches Are The Highest Paid In The ACC

When Rick Pitino was able to lure Kenny Johnson away from Tom Crean’s staff at Indiana, it was assumed that an increase in salary played a big part. That was confirmed a month later when Johnson’s salary was revealed. Johnson will make $375,000 a year at Louisville, with a contract that runs through June 2016. If he leaves before July 1, 2015, Johnson or his next employer would...
Via The Cardinal Connect
16 days ago  |  Discuss

Five Star Swingman Brandon Ingram Emerging As A Top Target For Louisville

Photo | Kelly Kline Brandon Ingram isn’t a name that’s been mentioned very often when referring to Rick Pitino’s top targets in the 2015 class. The 6-foot-9, 180-pound, swing-man has held a scholarship offer from Louisville since January, however it’s been tough to determine if the interest was mutual. Ingram is a Kingston, N.C., native and is being heavily pursued by the...
Via The Cardinal Connect
18 days ago  |  Discuss

Four Star Power Forward Says He’s Interested In Louisville

Photo | 247Sports.com Nearly all of Louisville’s top targets in the 2015 class were in attendance last week at the annual NBA Player Association Top 100 Camp in Charlottesville, VA. The select few that didn’t compete in the event were competing with the United State U18 National Team in FIBA Americas U18 Championships. By now, we’re pretty familiar with the majority of the...
Via The Cardinal Connect
19 days ago  |  Discuss

10 Reasons I'm looking forward to Louisville joining the ACC

On July 1, 2014, the Louisville Cardinals will officially join the ACC. At the same time Maryland will pack up and head to the Big 10. It seems for the most part Big 10 fans are lukewarm to the idea of Maryland and Rutgers joining their conference. In contrast ACC fans appear to be really looking forward to Louisville becoming a member of the conference. I’m also looking forward...
Via SCACC Hoops
20 days ago  |  Discuss

New Podcast: Basketball Summer Update, All Time Pitino Team & Recruiting

On Wednesday evening we recorded out first podcast in a couple of weeks. Believe it or not, there was actually quite a bit to run down. We spent the first part of the show recapping Rick Pitino’s recent summer update on his team. Two key talking points from there was the expectations for the freshman class and also the position comments about senior Wayne Blackshear. We spent a...
Via The Cardinal Connect
24 days ago  |  Discuss

Recap: Rick Pitino Gives An Early Summer Update The Terry Meiners Show

Pete Cautilli | The Cardinal Connect On Tuesday afternoon Rick Pitino joined 84WHAS radio personality Terry Meiners to provide an early summer update on his team. This has become a reoccurring thing over the years and always gets the fan base excited as they count down the days, weeks and months until basketball season. Below is a recap of Pitino’s interview. Rozier, Harrell,...
Via The Cardinal Connect
25 days ago  |  Discuss

Video: Jim Boeheim Talks About The Time He “Saved” Rick Pitino’s Marriage

Louisville head coach Rick Pitino has been married to his wife Joanne since 1976. According to Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim, one of the reasons why the two have been together for nearly four decades is because Pitino’s wife lived with Boeheim and two of his roommates at the beginning of the marriage while Pitino — who was an assistant under Boeheim at the time — was out...
Via College Spun
26 days ago  |  Discuss

Video: Boeheim, K, Williams, and Pitino share stories

Boeheim sat down with Rick Pitino, Coach K and Roy Williams to share stories of yesteryear. With the addition of the Louisville Cardinals and Rick Pitino, the ACC now has four of the biggest heavy-hitting coaches in college basketball in its ranks. Pitino recently sat down with Syracuse's Jim Boeheim, Duke's Coach K and UNC's Roy Williams to talk about how these four...
Via SCACC Hoops
26 days ago  |  Discuss

Video: Jim Boehim Saved Rick Pitino’s Marriage

With Pittsburgh and Syracuse officially joining the league in 2013 and Louisville joining on July, 1, the Atlantic Coast Conference has solidified itself as the best basketball league in the country. To be honest, it isn’t even close. Not only does the ACC consist of some of the most prestigious basketball programs of all time, the league also features some of the best coaches...
Via The Cardinal Connect
27 days ago  |  Discuss

NBA personnel: Pitino better than Calipari at prepping players for NBA

Pete Cautilli | The Cardinal Connect When it comes to covering college hoops on the national level, there’s nobody better than ESPN Insider Jeff Goodman. Like him or not, there is no one as connected nationally than Goodman. Throughout the offseason, he usually does a good job of providing interesting and compelling content, which isn’t exactly an easy thing to do in June. Goodman...
Via The Cardinal Connect
June 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Trinity’s Raymond Spalding Lands Louisville Offer Following Visit

Photo: WSTXSports.com Following an unofficial visit to Louisville this afternoon, Trinity High School’s Raymond Spalding picked up a scholarship offer from Rick Pitino. Spalding has been on the Louisville radar for quite some time and has been climbing in the national rankings. The Louisville native was one of four recruits that are visiting Louisville this week. Class of 2015...
Via The Cardinal Connect
June 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Five Star Shooting Guard Antonio Blakeney Is Still A Top Priority For Louisville

Photo | 247Sports Louisville target Antonio Blakeney is one of several late additions to the USA Basketball U18 trials in Colorado Springs, CO. The 6-foot-4, 170-pound, shooting guard from Saraosta, FL., is one of the first prospects from the 2015 recruiting class to receive significant interest from Louisville. Although he claims to be “pretty open” when it comes to his recruitment...
Via The Cardinal Connect
June 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Louisville Hoops Will Get Visits From Two Big Time Recruits This Week

Photo | 247Sports.com Rick Pitino and the Louisville basketball program will receive visits from a couple of big time prospects this week. If you’ve followed The Cardinal Connect over the past month or so, you’re probably pretty familiar with swing-man Deng Adel. Mike Hughes of InsideTheVille.com was the first to report that Adel will be taking an unofficial visit to Louisville...
Via The Cardinal Connect
June 10, 2014  |  Discuss
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