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*Russ shook off a rough first half and helped lead the Pelicans to a win in their summer league opener.  He posted 20 points, 9 rebounds, 5 assists, and 3 steals.  Checkout the highlights HERE.  Note: Samardo Samuels wasn’t listed in the box score. ”So in the first half, I was kind of getting thrown off and I was actually watching some of the other players on where they were taking off. I’m humbled enough to learn from my opponents.”    Smith was a consensus All-American during his four seasons at the University...Continue reading »

One of the last pieces of Louisville’s 2014 recruiting class just fell into place as 7’2 Norwegian center Matz Stockman received his Visa and can now travel, live and play in the United States. The news was first reported by Jody Demling of the Cardinal Authority last night after he spoke with with Rick Pitino. Stockman remains mostly a mystery to fans and recruiting analysts after playing overseas and then seeing limited action during a brief AAU stopover in Maryland last fall. However, what is known at this point is that he remains...Continue reading »

  One very noteworthy piece of news that came out of Rick Pitino’s press conference yesterday afternoon was the fact that former Louisville All-American Russ Smith has reportedly signed a guaranteed contract with the New Orleans Pelicans. Though, Pitino noted that Smith has not formally signed the papers, the deal is done and pen just has to meet paper at this point. Smith’s father, Russ Sr., confirmed the report with the Courier Journal and said that his son has indeed signed a two year deal that includes an option for a...Continue reading »

Louisville head coach Rick Pitino met with the media yesterday to give a full update on his team through its first few weeks of unofficial practice and individual workouts. Among the topics included: which players are standing out, a quick recap of the freshmen, who’s still not on campus, a proposed contract for Russ Smith, life ahead in the ACC, etc. Thanks to the Courier Journal for the video. VN:F [1.9.22_1171]please wait...Rating: 10.0/10 (4 votes cast)...

  Louisville has yet to receive a verbal pledge from any class of 2015 basketball prospect, but coach Rick Pitino expects that to change this July. “We feel in the month of July we will get some commitments,” the coach said during a press conference Wednesday afternoon. Pitino said he will be eyeing  10 senior prospects during the July evaluation period and appears confident some of them are ready to give him good news. One prospect wanted to offer his commitment in April, per Pitino, but he had advised all players to hold...Continue reading »

  Defense and toughness have been hallmarks of Rick Pitino’s teams since the first year he stepped on campus. Freshmen won’t play early and veterans will catch splinters on the pine if they’re not willing to put defense first in his ever-evolving system. Last year was no exception as the Cards allowed just 61.1 ppg, good for 15th best in the nation. They’re average scoring margin mark of +19.9 ppg was also tops in the nation and lent further credence to their overall defensive prowess. But with the departure of...Continue reading »

When your men’s and women’s basketball teams routinely make trips to the Final Four, your football team wins its league and claims BCS victories and your baseball team is a fixture in the college world series, chances are you’re going to be pretty highly regarded across the nation. And, keep in mind, that’s not to mention soccer, track and field, Lacrosse, tennis, softball, swimming and diving and all the other highly successful sports that fall under the UofL umbrella. But just how highly regarded are they? Well, according...Continue reading »

It has been well documented that Russ wasn’t happy with the draft process, voicing his frustration about how he felt he didn’t get a fair shake at proving how much better he was than those players drafted ahead of him.  But it all seems to be working out for Smith because he is with a franchise that truly wanted him.  John Reid of  The Times Picayune wrote that the Pelicans’ coaching staff and management had their eyes on him long before they took him with the 47th pick of the draft. They thoroughly scouted Smith at the...Continue reading »

  July 20th is a very important date in Petyon Siva’s life.  It’s the deadline for the Pistons to decide whether or not to pick up Siva’s second year option on his contract.  Even with that kind of stress hanging over his head, he’s determined to simply play the game and not worry about it.  In the first two games of Summer League play, he’s been doing well, averaging 14 points and 6.5 assists (with just 4 turnovers) in 28 minutes per game.  If the Pistons do the right thing and bring him back, Siva will...Continue reading »

Like we all anticipated, Teddy Bridgewater continues to become more comfortable as a professional while impressing his coaches.  His OC, Norv Turner told a Minnesota radio station that he has been impressive and is ” a lot further along” than he expected him to be.  The reaction we’ve been hearing from Minneapolis since Teddy was taken in the draft has been nothing but positive – both on and off the field.  With each passing positive blurb, it makes the NFL Network’s Mike Mayock look even dumber.  Meanwhile,...Continue reading »

  More lag into the middle summer, more position rankings for you. The latest to jump into the mix is’s Jared Shanker who’s in the midst of counting down the best position groups throughout the ACC. And, not surprisingly, when he released his wide receiver rankings last night, Louisville sat at the top. The only beef I have (and it’s hard to gripe when you’re #1 on any list), is that there should have been more mentions about all the other weapons at Bobby Petrino’s disposal. There’s quick...Continue reading »

Just a month ago, we told you how’s Mike Huneguin named Louisville wide receiver DeVante Parker the most freakish athlete in all of college football. It’s a distinction that no one around these parts argued with and it was certainly nice to see his name atop a list with such amazing talent. Now, Fox Sports’ Bruce Feldman has designed a similar set of position rankings and, although Parker fell a bit back into the pack (he checks in at #14 overall for wide receivers), it’s still nice to see him getting the national...Continue reading »

  The NBA Summer League seems to be getting more popular as each regular season passes.  There’s no doubt the boring summer weeks leave hoop junkies starving for anything basketball related, and this serves as a good summertime fix.  The first league and tournament is held in Orlando while the following week has twice as many teams playing  in Las Vegas.  Here’s where some former Cards are playing over the next several days. Orlando Summer League (July 5-11) Detroit – Peyton Siva (Averaging 14 points and 6.5 assists...Continue reading »