Louisville Rumors & News

  • U of L's Lee, Lewis locking up starting roles

    Louisville Courier-Journal "Rick Pitino has said it many times -- that starting on his basketball team doesn't matter. Two incoming graduate transfers are far enough ahead of the rest, though, that Pitino on Thursday said they're guaranteed spots in Louisville's lineup this season. Guards Damion Lee (from Drexel) and..." August 08

  • Laser tag leads to secondary violations for Louisville

    Sporting News - NCAAB "Ah, laser tag. You probably played it a few times as a kid, maybe once at one of those mandatory company outings, and then promptly forgot it even existed. Fake-zapping your friends under the black lights is a recruiting staple in Louisville, apparently, because it forced the men's basketball..." August 06

  • Under-19 USA Basketball tryout draws underhand free throws from Chinanu Onauku

    The Gazette "When Harry Giles saw Chinanu Onauku shoot free throws, he inquired. "What's up with that?" Giles asked his potential USA Basketball U19 teammate. That would be the underhand form Onauku, one of 16 players competing for a spot on the roster, uses. He places one hand on each side of the ball,..." June 17

  • Pitino: Freshman McMahon to redshirt

    Louisville Courier-Journal "Louisville guard Ryan McMahon will "definitely" redshirt his freshman year, U of L coach Rick Pitino told The Courier-Journal in an interview on Wednesday. The Florida native arrived on campus in late May and began summer classes last week, but he will use his freshman year at Louisville to add..." June 15

  • U of L hoops adds a walk-on

    Louisville Courier-Journal "Steve Lavin's plan was to bring 6-foot-5 wing Jay Henderson on at St. John's as a freshman walk-on, then put him on scholarship before the 2015-16 season. But when St. John's dismissed Lavin after the season, Henderson needed a new plan -- and school. Enter Louisville. After a campus visit..." June 15

  • Five-Star King Commits to Louisville

    Scout "Late Thursday night after V.J. King finished studying for an exam, the five-star prospect out of Fairfax (Va.) Paul VI laid awake for another two hours. Anxious and eager, King couldn’t fall asleep. “I was just excited,” King told Scout. “It’s kind of a relief.” Why the excitement? Well..." June 12

  • Anas Mahmoud out 4-6 weeks with cartilage tear in left knee

    Card Chronicle "'Tis the season where no news is good news. From U of L: University of Louisville sophomore forward/centerAnas Mahmoud will have surgery on Thursday to repair a torn medial meniscus in his left knee. Mahmoud, who twisted his knee recently while playing basketball, will likely be sidelined..." June 04

  • Former U of L wing Aaron transfers to USC

    Louisville Courier-Journal "Former University of Louisville wing Shaqquan Aaron has found his next basketball home. The 6-foot-7 freshman who asked for his release from U of L in April has transferred to USC, he confirmed to Scout.com on Tuesday. He picked the Trojans over San Diego State. Aaron grew up in the Los..." May 26

  • Louisville transfer Anton Gill reportedly commits to Nebraska

    Omaha World-Herald "Anton Gill, a 6-3 sophomore guard at Louisville, will reportedly transfer to Nebraska. Gill would have to sit a transfer season, then have two years of eligibility. As a sophomore, Gill averaged 2.4 points in 9.4 minutes of play. As a senior at Hargrave Military Academy, he averaged 28.2 points..." May 06

  • Charges dropped in Chris Jones sexual assault case

    Sporting News - NCAAB "Chris Jones will be moving on from sexual assault allegations that clouded the end of his time at Louisville. On Wednesday, a grand jury decided not to indict the former Louisville point guard on two charges of rape and sodomy that allegedly occurred at an off-campus apartment on Feb. 22. All..." April 29

  • Louisville to play six exhibition games in Puerto Rico this August

    CBS Sports "Louisville will take a trip to Puerto Rico this summer as prep for its 2015-16 campaign. The school announced the trip on Thursday. U of L will go up against pros, playing against national teams from Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic, as well as the Puerto Rico junior national team in a..." April 24

  • Drexel transfer Damion Lee picks U of L

    Louisville Courier-Journal "Louisville set Drexel transfer Damion Lee as its top priority this month, and that persistence paid off on Thursday. Lee announced his decision via Twitter moments after Scout.com first reported the news. The 6-foot-6 wing will graduate this spring is immediately eligible to play for the..." April 23

  • Shaqquan Aaron to transfer from U of L

    Louisville Courier-Journal "A week after deciding to return to the University of Louisville for his sophomore year of school, Shaqquan Aaron plans to transfer, coach Rick Pitino confirmed Wednesday. Scout.com first reported Aaron's change of heart. Sources told The Courier-Journal that Aaron was frustrated Louisville had..." April 08

  • Former Cleveland State guard Trey Lewis announces transfer to Louisville

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "Louisville will be replacing one Northeast Ohio native with another, as former Cleveland State guard and Garfield Heights graduate Trey Lewis announced on Tuesday he is transferring to the Cardinals. "I'll be playing for a legendary coach in Rick Pitino and in front of the greatest fans in the..." April 07

  • Terry Rozier signs with agent, forfeits Louisville eligibility

    Louisville Courier-Journal "Terry Rozier and Wayne Blackshear have signed with the same Miami-based agent. The two former University of Louisville basketball players had a signing ceremony and visit with Verus Management on Thursday in Cleveland, according to Slam magazine. Verus president Seth Cohen welcomed the duo as..." April 04

  • Cards' Harrell and Rozier going pro, per Pitino

    Louisville Courier-Journal "Louisville junior forward Montrezl Harrell and sophomore guard Terry Rozier have each decided to leave school early and declare for the NBA draft, Cards coach Rick Pitino said Monday. "They're both leaving, yes, 100 percent," Pitino told reporters. "And it's the right thing to do for both of..." March 30

  • Pitino: 'I'm very much in favor of high school kids going pro'

    The Score "Count Louisville head coach Rick Pitino among those who believe talented high school players should have the opportunity to skip college and go straight to the pros. Speaking Saturday prior to the Cardinals' Sunday matchup with Northern Iowa, Pitino made the case that forcing a player into a..." March 22

  • UC Irvine brings 7-6 center into matchup against Louisville

    Lexington Herald-Leader "This tall tale began in Senegal, where all teenager Mamadou Ndiaye had to do was look in the mirror to see the future in his favorite sport of soccer was limited. That's how things go for most 7-foot-somethings out there. A move to America, a few leaps of faith and one life-saving surgery..." March 19

  • College Basketball's Most Valuable Teams: Louisville On Top, Kansas Close Behind

    Forbes.com "The Louisville Cardinals are, for the fourth consecutive year, college basketball’s most valuable team. But the team’s financial success appears to have ebbed for the first time since 2009. This year Louisville is worth $38.3 million, down a hair from last year’s $39.5 million valuation. And while..." March 18

  • Georgia St.'s Ware wanted to face Louisville

    ESPN "Kevin Ware had one hope headed into Selection Sunday: He wanted his Georgia State team to be paired against Louisville. That would have been quite the story, given their history. But instead, Ware makes his return to the NCAA tournament against Baylor on Thursday in the second round in..." March 18

  • Rick Pitino rips Louisville student journalist after loss to UNC

    USA Today "Louisville lost a tough game to UNC in the quarterfinals of the ACC Tournament on Thursday, and coach Rick Pitino was understandably a little upset after the game. What wasn’t understandable was how he dismissed a reporter for the student newspaper who asked a fair question about why the team..." March 14

  • Rick Pitino to coach Puerto Rican national team this summer

    Sporting News - NCAAB "Once Louisville's season is over this year, head coach Rick Pitino will have a new offseason challenge to look forward to. In his Monday press conference, Pitino announced that he will coach the Puerto Rican national basketball team in two international events this summer. The Hall of..." March 10

  • Chris Jones' lawyer predicts no indictment

    Louisville Courier-Journal "As the rape and sodomy case against former University of Louisville basketball star Chris Jones moved Monday on to a grand jury, one of his lawyers predicted he will not be indicted. Jones waived his right to a preliminary in Jefferson District Court, meaning the case will go directly to a..." March 09

  • Chris Jones didn't rape women, partygoer says

    Louisville Courier-Journal "An 18-year-old who says she was in the apartment where former University of Louisville basketball player Chris Jones is accused of raping two women claims the crimes never occurred. In a post on social media, Kristen Smith, who attends Bullitt Central High School, said, "For the people saying..." March 05

  • Louisville Coach Rick Pitino Held A Press Conference Regarding Dismissed G Chris Jones, Hasn’t Slept In 48 Hours

    College Spun "Rick Pitino held a press conference this evening, discussing the dismissal of former Louisville senior guard Chris Jones, who is being charged with counts of rape and sodomy. During his brief session with the media, the 62-year-old coach touched on a number of topics, but mostly just expressed..." February 27

  • Chris Jones pleads not guilty to rape, sodomy

    Louisville Courier-Journal "Former University of Louisville basketball player Chris Jones pleaded not guilty on charges of raping one woman and sodomizing another. Judge Sheila Collins released Jones on home incarceration in lieu of a $25,000 bond. The warrant, signed Wednesday by Jefferson District Judge Katie King,..." February 26

  • Chris Jones charged with rape, sodomy

    Louisville Courier-Journal "A warrant has been issued for the arrest of former University of Louisville basketball player Chris Jones on charges of raping one woman and sodomizing another. The warrant, obtained by University of Louisville police, was signed Wednesday by Jefferson District Judge Katie King. The warrant..." February 26

  • Dismissed L'ville guard sent threatening text

    ESPN "Louisville guard Chris Jones, who was dismissed from the program on Sunday, sent a threatening text message to a woman with whom he has had a relationship for much of the past year. University of Louisville campus police released a report that says Jones, shortly after the woman messed up his..." February 24

  • Jones "messed up"; will seek help with anger

    Louisville Courier-Journal "Former University of Louisville guard Chris Jones plans to visit ex-NBA player and coach John Lucas in the coming weeks to work on anger management and other issues stemming from an ongoing battle with ADHD, a source close to Jones told The Courier-Journal late Sunday evening. The source would..." February 23

  • Miami AD says Tonye Jekiri cleared to play by Louisville doctor

    Sporting News - NCAAB "Miami forward Tonye Jekiri was cleared to play by a Louisville doctor after being hit in the head by a basketball Saturday, Hurricanes athletic director Blake James told The Associated Press on Monday. In the first half of Saturday's game in Louisville, Cardinals forward Montrezl Harrell threw..." February 23

  • Chris Jones' dismissal further cripples Louisville's offense

    Yahoo! Sports "It took all of 21 words for Louisville to announce it has jettisoned its starting point guard three weeks before Selection Sunday. The school released a terse statement Sunday afternoon that read only "Chris Jones has been dismissed from the University of Louisville men’s basketball team. There..." February 23

  • Louisville head coach Rick Pitino has some choice words for Chris Jones, Shaqquan Aaron

    College Basketball Talk "Frustration seems to be boiling over for Louisville head coach Rick Pitino. On Wednesday night, the Cardinals lost their second straight game, falling at Syracuse just four days after suffering a home loss at the hands of N.C. State. Starting guard Chris Jones was suspended for Wednesday’s game..." February 19

  • Chris Jones Suspended From Louisville Basketball Team, Will Not Travel To Syracuse

    Card Chronicle "of L has announced that senior point guard Chris Jones has been suspended for a violation of team rules, and will not travel with the team for Wednesday's game against Syracuse." February 18

  • Louisville senior Wayne Blackshear expected to play Saturday

    CBS Sports "Louisville senior guard/forward Wayne Blackshear is expected to play Saturday against NC State, coach Rick Pitino said before the game, according to The Courier-Journal. Blackshear's status was up in the air leading up to the conference showdown, but Pitino said he was at "65-70 percent" Friday." February 14

  • Sharpshooter Ryan McMahon commits to U of L

    Louisville Courier-Journal "Ryan McMahon didn't need much time to ponder his scholarship offer from the University of Louisville. The high-scoring, sharpshooting but unheralded senior guard from Sarasota, Fla., committed to the Cardinals Friday, a day after receiving the offer - his first from a major program. A..." February 14

  • Pitino: Harrell no longer team captain 'absolutely no big deal'

    Sporting News - NCAAB "Rick Pitino confirmed a report on Tuesday that surfaced on Monday claiming that Montrezl Harrell said he was no longer a team captain this season. Pitino confirmed the news in a text message with the Courier-Journal's Jeff Greer, adding that the withdrawal of Harrell's title was "absolutely no..." January 20

  • ACC cuts ties with ref Karl Hess

    ESPN "Veteran official Karl Hess has worked his final ACC basketball game. Hess, who has worked ACC games for more than 25 years, told ESPN that his comment made to Atlanta hotel magnate Mit Shah during Sunday's Louisville-Wake Forest game in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, was made in jest. Shah,..." January 10

  • Louisville transfer Akoy Agau chooses Georgetown

    CBS Sports "Former Louisville forward Akoy Agau has decided to transfer to Georgetown in order to continue his collegiate career. The news was first reported by Jacob Padilla of NebraskaHSHoops.com, who talked to the former Omaha Central recruit: "I have chosen to commit to Georgetown University," Agau..." January 07

  • Rick Pitino Didn’t Start Chris Jones Against Long Beach State Because Of His Flop vs. Kentucky

    College Spun "Louisville guard Chris Jones had a rough game against Kentucky over the weekend. Not only was he a brutal 3-for-15 from the floor and 1-for-5 from three, but he also had one of the worst flops you’ll ever see. Jones started today’s game against Long Beach State on the bench, and according to..." December 31

  • Harrell gets 1-game suspension

    ESPN "Louisville junior Montrezl Harrell has been suspended for one game by the ACC after being ejected from the fourth-ranked Cardinals' 76-67 win over Western Kentucky for throwing an elbow. The preseason first-team All-American became tangled with several Hilltoppers with 38.7 seconds remaining in..." December 23

  • Louisville loses former top 100 big man to transfer

    College Basketball Talk "Akoy Agau will be transferring out of the Louisville program. The news was first reported by WRDB in Louisville. Agau had lost his spot in the rotation this season, and with the number of talented young big men currently in the program, it did not look like he was ever going to get it back. He..." December 19

  • The Average University of Louisville Basketball Player Is Worth $1.5 Million Per Year

    Business Insider "For most big-time college sports programs the men's basketball team is a distant second to football in terms of revenue. But considering less operating expenses and a fewer number of athletes, the average men's basketball player is actually worth a lot more than their football counterparts. We..." December 17

  • Louisville freshman finally gets suspension ruling from NCAA

    College Basketball Talk "Louisville freshman wing Shaqquan Aaron has finally heard from the NCAA, as he’ll sit out the first nine games and repay money owed for benefits related to housing, according to a release from the school. A 6-foot-7 native of Seattle, Aaron will also do community service hours to fulfill his..." December 09

  • NCAA nears Shaqquan Aaron decision

    Louisville Courier-Journal "The NCAA has concluded the information-gathering part of its month-long investigation into the amateur status of Shaqquan Aaron, a freshman on the University of Louisville basketball team, and expects a final decision on Aaron's eligibility this week barring setbacks, multiple sources with direct..." December 02

  • Rick Pitino reaches 700 coaching victories; 800 in his sights

    Sporting News - NCAAB "For the fourth time in his Hall of Fame career, Rick Pitino is celebrating a victory milestone while Louisville's coach. He's already looking ahead to the next one. Pitino accepted plaudits Wednesday for reaching 700 career wins following the Cardinals' 45-33 victory over Cleveland State. He..." November 27

  • Pitino: "I tried everything. We played four white guys and an Egyptian."

    Louisville Courier-Journal "Rick Pitino didn't know what to do with Monday night's game. His University of Louisville basketball team had just pulverized Savannah State 87-26 at the KFC Yum! Center, and the coach, in his 14th season at U of L, had little use for the game he'd just witnessed. "This will be the first..." November 25

  • Aaron still awaiting clearance to play

    Louisville Courier-Journal "University of Louisville freshman basketball player Shaqquan Aaron has still not been cleared by the NCAA as the Cardinals prepare for their final exhibition game against Bellarmine on Sunday. U of L coach Rick Pitino said in a news conference Friday that the program and Aaron's family had..." November 08

  • U of L hoops' freshman Aaron not cleared yet by NCAA

    Louisville Courier-Journal "It seemed odd on Saturday that heralded University of Louisville freshman Shaqquan Aaron didn't dress for the Cardinals' exhibition game against Barry University. Louisville coach Rick Pitino wouldn't say why after the game, either, only saying, "I haven't been happy with him in practice, but..." November 05

  • Okafor, Kaminsky headline AP preseason All-America team

    SI "The Associated Press released its preseason All-America team on Monday. The five players who made the team are Duke's Jahlil Okafor, Wichita State's Fred VanVleet, North Carolina's Marcus Paige, Wisconsin's Frank Kaminsky and Louisville's Montrezl Harrell. Okafor, a freshman center, was the..." November 04

  • Pitino shreds shoe-company impact in recruiting

    Louisville Courier-Journal "Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino chatted with the media on Thursday after the first week or so of fall practices. Some info before we do that: Louisville media day is set for 12:30 p.m. on Oct. 19, 90 minutes before the team's first public appearance of the 2014-15 season. They'll..." October 12