—U of L hasn’t officially announced it yet, but Hercy Miller, the son of Percy “Master P” Miller, joins the men’s basketball program as a walk-on. Miller was a scholarship player at Tennessee State last season before injuring his hip after six games and moving to Xavier as a walk-on.
Miller’s younger brother Mercy is one of the best prospects in the class of 2024.
—Master P spoke to Eric Crawford (let me stop here for a moment and enjoy the glory of the words I just typed) about his son’s decision and his belief that Kenny Payne will bring basketball back to Louisville.
—Your update of the day on Emoni Bates:
Emoni Bates says on IG Live that she will be making her decision on where to play in 2022-23 by the end of this month.
– State of Louisville (@thestateoflou) June 22, 2022
– They say the last non-Louisville school has a chance with Bates? Guess what, it’s the state of Memphis.
—Louisville midfielder Levi Usher, winner of the ACC 2022 Defensive Player of the Year award, has been named winner of the ABCA / Rawlings Gold Glove award.
—Bellarmine basketball will play a busy nonconventional schedule this winter starting in Louisville on November 9th.
—It’s safe to say Scotty Davenport is on About the game.
—Rueben Owens overheard your “just wait for Texas A&M to bring him to campus.”
I’m not taking any more visits unless I’m in Louisville
– Rueben Owens ll # 4soCr4zy (@ii_rueben) June 21, 2022
– These highlights are … well, I suppose they’re about what you’d expect from recruit # 1. 1 of the nation’s running back.
Boner 2023 jams.
—Owens doesn’t shape his game after just one elite running back.
—Barrett Sallee of CBS takes care of U of L football’s “historic” recruiting class.
—L class U is up to number 9 in the latest consensus team rankings of On3.
—The rumors about Louisville that go back to the Pitino philosophy of conditioning, conditioning, conditioning about the Mack philosophy of bulk, bulk, bulk certainly seem true.
—Arch Manning, the all-time number 1 rookie in the class of 2023, has committed to Texas.
—Clemson fans continue to be bothered by the way Louisville is recruiting and hilariously, they continue to play the morally superior card. Because it’s okay for their players to choke, punch, and stick their hands into our players’ asses, but teenagers posing with cars and planes is where you have to draw a line.
– An analysis of US Tpday data found that both U of L and UK track and field are among 86 Division I programs that manipulate shifts to create the illusion of Title IX compliance .
—Jeff Greer is answering readers’ questions in his latest newsletter.
@eadens: Where is this team in the ACC with the current roster? With a competent transfer guard? With a reclassified guard?
Great question. The addition and subtraction of lists at this point will be a trickle rather than a rush. UNC and Duke are the two favorites to win the championship, with Virginia in the mix after returning her five starters and making some really nice additions. Think Matthew Cleveland and Caleb Mills will have the FSU right there, and Miami has lost a lot from an Elite 8 run but Isaiah Wong still exists.
Without knowing what the full deal is with the Louisville roster (and other teams), I would rank the cards towards the end of the middle group. Notre Dame and Virginia Tech are probably ahead at this point. My friend Jeff Borzello says I rate Wake Forest too low, so put them in this group based on Steve Forbes and some nice additions. Pitt, believe it or not, has decent talent, but he is Pitt. Syracuse is always around this region in the rankings. Sure Louisville will be better than BC, Clemson, Georgia Tech, and NC State, right?
A lot for Louisville hinges on adding guard depth. If Brandon Huntley-Hatfield and Kamari Lands live up to their early summer training rep and Sydney Curry and El Ellis find consistent good numbers, that’s a good start. The goal for year 1 should be the NCAA tournament, but the roster is still sparse. You need a few returning guys to take turns with a new coaching staff and for Lands and BHH to thrive in new environments and live up to their reputation as recruits.
—Jayden Bradford, QB no. 7 and player no. 48 overall in the class of 2024, I will visit U of L tomorrow. Bradford collected crystal ball predictions in Louisville from both Ty Spalding and Dave Lackford of Rivals.
—Mother of U of L football rookie Jayden Davis made a video of her weekend visit experience.
—The evolution of the central position in the NBA changed the game to that level and brought many productive college greats back to school, writes Gary Parrish.
—The state of Louisville ranks the five best pizza places in the city.
—The Alliance (hey, remember that thing !?) has announced a year-long plan to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Title IX through its multi-pronged campaign … get ready for this … “Celebrating 50 Years of Title IX Together. “
The Alliance forever.
—As for the LIV Tour, I went from “this is fun and I’m laughing” to “this sucks and will legitimately damage the sport.” Some golf experts are starting to agree.
—My Morning Jacket was forced to cancel her concerts in Louisville this weekend.
—The Louisville-built Lincoln Corsair is number 3 on the latest Cars.com 2022 American-Made Index (AMI).
There. I mentioned it. Now please stop emailing me about this, Cars.com.
– Louisville Report’s Matt McGavic takes a look at U of L’s running back stable for 2022.
– ESPN’s Jordan Reid names Malik Cunningham as one of the college quarterbacks to watch this season if you’re looking to prepare for the 2023 NFL Draft.
Cunningham has a 6ft 1,200lb lean build and shows suddenness as both a passer and a runner, but he’s a QB development perspective. I saw his seven touchdown performance (five passing, two running) against Duke live last season and saw his potential. Cunningham’s style of play forces the defenses to defend every blade of grass; he is a revolutionary player who can create and assemble explosive games in decks with his arm and legs.
—Tucker Biven, Louisville baseball member of New Albany High School won the Rawlings Gold Glove Award from high school in third base.
—U of L men’s hoops appointed Gabe Snider, who has worked in the video departments for three NBA teams, as Director of Analytics and Video Technology.
—Chad Simmons, Director of Recruiting at On3, expects 4-star offensive lineman Madden Sanker to engage in Louisville.
– That also seems like a good sign to me.
The people of Georgia on Rivals are reversing their predictions about Madden Sanker in Louisville.
– Keith Wynne (@Keith_Wynne) June 23, 2022
—PG recruits Fabio Basili completed his visit to Louisville earlier this week. I’ll get an update on his status on today’s radio show, but there’s a strong chance he’ll become a cardinal, the only question is when.
—Male High is the second most successful high school football program of all time in America and is only six wins from first place.
—We are still taking nominations for the 2021-22 Least Cool Person.
– That too was more or less a reaction.
Go Avs / Cards.
—Louisville basketball goals DJ Wagner (2023) and Karter Knox (2024) have both been named to the US 17U national basketball team.
– It’s NBA Draft night and the debate over who should be the # 1 pick is more interesting than it has been in years.
—Sam Vecenie’s 90,000 word (no joke) draft guide is here.
– Oregon commits Cole Martin, a four-star cornerback, was in town yesterday.
—I can’t just overlook a mention of Carlos Hurt on ESPN.
—Wes Rucker writes that NIL shame and clinging to pearls must go on and on. These athletes are worth what the market determines they are worth. Just like their coaches. This is the world now. Get over it.
– S. John Bosco, who has three engagements in Louisville including Pierce Clarkson at QB, will start the 2022 football season as the No. 1 in America.
—The upper class of 2023 circles recruits AJ Johnson, a U of L target, talks about his recruitment here.
Kentucky: “I really love Kentucky, it has been one of my favorite schools since I was little. I like De’Aaron Fox And Shai Gilgeous-Alexander. “
Louisville: “That was also important, they just got a new coach and they haven’t offered many guys in the 2023 class yet. It was crazy, he [Kenny Payne] he was real, he just keeps it real, he looks like a great coach, a great person and he will train me hard ”.
Today, Tuesday, June 21, Johnson begins an unofficial visit to Texas and already has an official one scheduled for this fall.
“I’m going to Texas on Tuesday, LSU on September 10th and then I want to visit them all like Kansas, Louisville, all of them,” he said.
“I really like both coaches,” said Johnson of Texas and LSU. “I haven’t done much research on schools yet.”
—The state of Louisville says U of L football has set a new standard for recruiting official weekend visits.
—Former Cardinal Drew Ellis baseball champion is now a member of the Mariners organization.
– We have Cards and Cats mingling in the wild together this week at the basketball courts.
—Wednesday marked the hottest June 22nd in Louisville history.
—I love this addition to Glennville.
—Central High RB Cortez Stone was one of the stars of the latest Louisville camp.
—Athlon premieres the Louisville football team of 2022 and ranks the Cardinals as the No. 44 of the country.
—Ari Wasserman of Athletic evaluates what’s going on with Louisville’s football recruiting.
The Louisville recruiting class of 2023 already had big pieces for the week, but the Cardinals made a huge move on Monday night when five-star running back Rueben Owens of El Campo (Texas) High announced his engagement.
It is not a commitment. This is a statement.
Considered the number 16 player overall and number 1 in the 2023 class of the 247Sports Composite, Owens made an official visit to Louisville the weekend before his engagement. After committing himself, he tweeted that he won’t be getting any more visits, other than Louisville.
Before the weekend, Owens was thought to take more account of state schools like Texas (where he was once engaged), Texas A&M, and TCU. There seems to be this prevailing thought that this commitment will lead to drama along the way – you know, visits to top-tier shows during the season – but for now, Owens seems steadfast in his commitment to shock the world.
If he stays busy, Owens will be the second highest-scoring player to sign with Louisville in the era of modern recruiting, behind former NFL running back Michael Bush (born 2003).
Louisville has done an amazing job with its official visits over the past year. In a world where elaborate photo shoots took center stage, Louisville has mastered the art of showing potential clients a good time. This weekend, the Cardinals used expensive cars and private jets as props for potential visitors.
—Ground was officially broken into the first Publix store in Louisville.
—And finally, the Mike Rutherford Show is back from 3-6 this afternoon to talk about all these good things about 1450 The Big X. You can stream the show here.