Pitino Highlights Brayden Carr Clinic, Says Coach K ‘Deserves’ Recruiting Edge From Team USA

PitinoHACKENSACK, N.J. — Louisville coach Rick Pitino highlighted an array of college and pro coaches at the Brayden Carr Foundation clinic at Fairleigh Dickinson University on Friday, and Pitino later defended Coach K against charges that he holds a recruiting advantage as coach of Team USA.

“Obviously, I think it’s a great cause,” Pitino told SNY.tv of the event, founded by Rhode Island assistant coach Jimmy Carr and his wife Natalie after their 2-year-old son Brayden died in 2011.

Richard [Pitino] lost a brother and we lost a child, so we know the heartbreak that goes with that, and obviously being part of something for the great cause, besides representing coaches, is a terrific thing.”

Pitino was featured at the event alongside Iowa State coach Fred Hoiberg, South Carolina coach Frank Martin, Villanova coach Jay Wright, Notre Dame coach Mike Brey and former NBA coach George Karl. To read more of this story, click here

Antonio Blakeney Decommits from Louisville

os-2013-varsity-media-day-basketballBy JACK LeGWIN

Antonio Blakeney has pulled his verbal commitment to Louisville and reopened his recruitment.

“I am still really considering louisville heavily I like everything about [their] program , coaches and fans!!” Tweeted Blakeney, who committed earlier this month on his visit.

“I made a quick and emotional decision based on some of the wrong reasons,” Blakeney told Reggie Rankin from ESPN. “I really loved my visit and everything about Louisville and I am still strongly considering them.”

The 6-foot-4 Blakeney has no visits planned, his AAU coach Steve Reese told SNY.tv Tuesday morning.

“We haven’t heard from any schools yet since he committed a few weeks back,” Reese said.

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Louisville’s Pitino Visits Tyus Battle on First Day of Fall Recruiting

Tyus Battle USA hoopsOn the first day of the fall recruiting period, Louisville coach Rick Pitino spent about two hours on the campus of Gladstone (N.J.) Gill St. Bernard’s while recruiting 2016 combo guard Tyus Battle.

“Tyus is a top priority for them,” Gill coach Mergin Sina told SNY.tv after the visit. “He thinks Tyus can play multiple positions in his system and he loves Tyus’s length and athleticism.”

The 6-foot-5 Battle visited Louisville this past summer unofficially during a trip in which he picked up offers from both Louisville and Kentucky. To read more of this story, click here

Antonio Blakeney Commits to Louisville and Donovan Mitchell Loves It

BlakeneyBy JOHN PAVIA

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Five-star shooting guard Antonio Blakeney committed to Louisville on Thursday night as Rick Pitino grabs another high-level guard from the Class of 2015; Reggie Rankin of ESPN had the story first.

Blakeney, a 6-4 guard from Oak Ridge High School (FL) with tremendous scoring ability, joins Donovan Mitchell from the 2015 class in a loaded Cardinals backcourt that is typical of the Louisville teams we’ve seen in recent years under Pitino.

When asked about Blakeney’s commitment to Louisville, Mitchell told SNY.tv, “Best thing that could’ve happened. We are going to do big things at the Ville. I can’t wait to play with him. Me at the 1 and him at the 2, its gonna be incredible.”  To read more of this story, click here

Donovan Mitchell to Louisville

Mitchell LouisvilleDonovan Mitchell is a future Louisville Cardinal.

Less than a week after cutting his list to five schools, the 6-foot-3 guard from Brewster (N.H.) Academy pulled the trigger for Louisville Thursday while on his official visit.

“Louisville First – Cardinals Forever!! Let’s bring that national championship back to #CardNation #Louisville,” he Tweeted.

Evan Daniels of Scout.com previously reported the news.

Mitchell had recently narrowed his list to include the Cardinals, Villanova, Boston College, Florida State and Providence, but the allure of playing for Hall of Famer Rick Pitino and such a storied program was too much. To read more of this story, click here

Ray Spalding to Louisville

Raymond Spalding, a 6-foot-10 power forward from Louisville Trinity, verbally committed to Louisville on Sunday, sources confirmed to SNY.tv.

Indiana, Duke, Tennessee and Xavier also offered.

“Louisville (the area) made me pick Louisville (the University),” he said. “There’s nothing like being a hometown player. I feel that Louisville will develop me into the player that first their program and I like that.”

He added: “I will fit in great with Louisville’s program. I’m long and athletic and have a fundamental skillset.”

Spalding is Louisville’s second 2015 commit, following 6-7 forward Deng Adel, who committed last week.

Louisville is also focusing on 2015 Brewster (N.H.) Academy guard Donovan Mitchell, Roselle (N.J.) Catholic guard Isaiah Briscoe and Sarasota (FL) Oak Ridge guard Antonio Blakeney.

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Deng Adel to Louisville

Louisville has landed a commitment right in the middle of the July recruiting period.

Deng Adel, an athletic, high-energy 6-foot-7 small forward originally from Australia, committed to the Cardinals on Monday.

The four-star forward is now at Bradenton (FL) Victory Rock Prep and impressed Louisville coach Rick Pitino and his staff during the recent Adidas Unrivaled Camp in Chicago.

Adel had offers a slew of schools, along with interest from Kentucky and UConn, according Victory Rock Prep coach Loren Jackson. To read more of this story, click here