Louisville head coach Rick Pitino visited Monday with Las Vegas Bishop Gorman 2015 big men Stephen Zimmerman and Chase Jeter (pictured at left).
“It was the first we met him, so he just told us general things about the school and how he runs practices, coaches, etc.,” Kim Jeter, Chase’s mother, told SNY.tv. “Great visit!”
Kim said there was a “possibility” that the 6-foot-10 Chase could visit Louisville. He takes an unofficial to Arizona this weekend, and an official to Duke March 8 for the North Carolina game, the same weekend uncommitted 2014 big man Myles Turner visits. To read more of this story, click here
By JACK LeGWIN
Special to ZAGSBLOG
Kansas is the latest school to offer Class of 2015 point guard Justin Simon after assistant Kurtis Townsend watched him play Tuesday night.
“An offer like that would mean a lot,” Simon told SNY.tv Monday night. “Just a program like that with that atmosphere and that pedigree, if they offer, it would be amazing.”
Louisville offered earlier this week.
“It’s really big for me,” the 6-foot-4 guard from Temecula Valley (Ca.) said. “This recruiting process is something that has been a dream come true for me.” To read more of this story, click here
Junior forward Chane Behanan could transfer to an ACC school but not an AAC school if he opts to leave, Louisville sports information director Kenny Klein told SNY.tv.
“We are not trying to restrict his schools,” Klein said by email. “Coach [Rick] Pitino said that on Monday when talking about Chane. At the time, we were uncertain which transfer rules would apply. We would not restrict Chane from an ACC school, but his transfer would be affected under AAC policy. We would amend his release to reflect that as it is simply a misunderstanding to assure what rules prevailed.”
Louisville is currently in the AAC but joins the ACC next season, so ACC transfer rules don’t yet apply to the Cardinals.
Earlier Thursday, SNY.tv quoted a letter sent by John C. Carns, Louisville Senior Associate AD for Compliance, that said Behanan could not transfer to either the ACC or the AAC.
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Chane Behanan’s career at Louisville appears to be over.
Two days after Louisville lost to arch-rival Kentucky, the school announced that Behanan had been dismissed from the Cardinals’ basketball team for a violation of university policy
“We lost a really terrific man in many respects,” head coach Rick Pitino said at a press conference. “Away from the lines, he just did not do the right things, over and over and over. The university has gone to the mat for him, in giving him every opportunity to make it here. It’s come to a difficult detour in his road. It’s set our basketball team back immensely.” To read more of this story, click here
I spoke with one veteran NBA scout who attended the Louisville-Kentucky game and here are his thoughts on a few key items and players.
On Julius Randle, who was forced to leave the game with cramps in the second half but looked dominant beforehand, going for 17 points: “He can score. He’s a beast inside. He’s hard to guard in college. He’s going to be guarded by the same size and more athletic guys in the NBA, but in college he’s unstoppable down there on the block. He’s gotta develop a mid-range game. He’s just not going to be able to bully his way to the rim at the NBA level every possession. Just keep driving left and driving left, spinning back left, they’re going to figure it out pretty quickly. He’s gotta develop a mid-range game, but as far as college he’s just a beast down there. You can’t guard him one-on-one in college.” To read more of this story, click here
Twenty-six NBA personnel are expected at Saturday’s Louisville-Kentucky game, a school spokesman told SNY.tv.
The two teams feature five players projected by DraftExpress.com as 2014 first round picks — No. 2 Julius Randle (Kentucky), No. 9 Willie Cauley-Stein (Kentucky), No. 12 Montrezl Harrell (Louisville), No. 15 James Young and No. 30 Alex Poythress (Kentucky). Louisville’s Russ Smith is also projected as a second-round pick at No. 36.
As previously reported here, Kentucky freshmen guards Andrew and Aaron Harrison were recently moved to the 2015 Mock Draft by Draft Express, as was Kentucky big man Dakari Johnson. Louisville’s Wayne Blackshear is a projected second-round pick in 2015. To read more of this story, click here
The Chane Behanan Final Four ring story has come to an end.
Louisville issued a statement indicating “that they and law enforcement officials have gathered extensive information into their examination of how Behanan’s 2012 Final Four ring recently appeared on a sports memorabilia auction site and have determined that Behanan was not involved in the process.
“After communicating with multiple parties, there was no indication that Behanan had anything to do with the ring being presented for sale or that he had any knowledge the ring had been stolen until information appeared on social media Tuesday night.” To read more of this story, click here
Louisville appeared done with its 2014 recruiting class when Rick Pitino announced his four-man class on Friday.
Turns out, that wasn’t the case.
The Cardinals signed 7-foot-2 Norwegian center Matz Stockman of the Canarias Basketball Academy.
“First and foremost, we think this is a tremendous opportunity for Matz,” said Rob Orellana, To read more of this story, click here
Quentin Snider reversed course and signed with Louisville on Friday.
“Since sixth grade, we felt Quentin would be a Louisville Cardinal someday,” said head coach Rick Pitino in announcing his four-man class. “We’re very happy that he will become the point guard of the future for the University of Louisville. He’s well-rounded, shoots it well, gets in the lane and has good size. He makes people better and knows how to run a team.”
The 6-foot-2, 170-pound Snider initially committed to Louisville and then decommitted before choosing Illinois over UCLA last month.
The Louisville press release made no mention of Illinois, instead pointing out that Snider also considered UCLA, Michigan State and UConn.
Snider is part of a four-man Louisville class that includes guard Shaqquan Aaron, power forward Jaylen Johnson and big man Chinanu Onuaku. To read more of this story, click here
Twenty-five days after saying that suspended forward Chane Behanan would be out for “a long time,” Louisville coach Rick Pitino reinstated the 6-foot-6 forward Monday and said he would dress for Tuesday’s game against Hofstra.
Behanan practiced Friday and Pitino said on Monday he had met the criteria to return.
“I had a target of 30 straight days doing the right things,” Pitino said, according to Eric Crawford. “. . . It went 30 great days. It surprised the heck out of me.”
At the Oct. 17 news conference in which he announced Behanan’s suspension, Pitino said, “Chane Behanan is no longer a part of our basketball team.”
That lasted less than a month.
The 6-foot-6 Behanan averaged 9.8 points and 6.5 rebounds last season when Louisville won the NCAA championship.
Pitino also announced that Luke Hancock, the MOP of the Final Four, had returned to practice from injuries to his left ankle and Achilles and will dress Tuesday.
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