Monday morning Cardinal news and notes

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I'm not entirely sure where this depiction of our incoming freshmen class came from, but I'm oddly obsessed with it. The fellas look like they're going to have to hit the weights a little bit though. Even you, Chane.


Days until Louisville football: 72.

If we don't offer Chicken Knowles a scholarship this week, I'm going to kill myself. You really want that on your conscience, Rick? Let's go ahead and save a life and fulfill a city's wish at the same time. Be a hero.

The fact that CK3 (nickname 1 of 9,000) had 87 twitter followers two days ago and has 139 at the moment I'm typing this (including several familiar faces) is something I couldn't love any more. This is a movement. Still, I don't want any fowl play. No poultry excuses will be accepted. We need to be crisp here, maybe even extra crisp. Don't be afraid to throw some special blends of spices out there if the situation calls for it...The young man's name is Chicken.

#BringChickenToTheBucket

In all seriousness, Knowles is widely being regarded as one of the NBA Top 100 Camp's "breakout stars," and finished the weekend as the camp's 9th leading scorer.

When he commits to Missouri I will cry real tears. And drink real beers. And throw real pink razr cell phones.

Here's the list of the Top 100 camp's leading scorers, which features U of L recruits T.J. Warren, Mitch McGary, Gary Harris, and Danuel House.

Player Avg.
1. Amile Jefferson 21.3
2. Jordan Price 17.5
3. Nate Britt 16.8
4. Rodney Purvis 16.5
5. T.J. Warren 14.5
6. Codi Miller-McIntyre 13.3
7. Rasheed Sulaimon 13.0
8. Brandon Ashley 12.3
9. Ron Patterson 11.0
9. Katin Reinhardt 11.0
9. Chicken Knowles 11.0
9. Mitch McGary 11.0
13. Danuel House 10.5
13. Gary Harris 10.5
15. Jordan Burgess 10.3

Andre Drummond, the player most consider the best in the class of 2012, listed six schools as potential suitors on Sunday, a list which included Louisville. The other five names were Connecticut (the current favorite...by a fairly wide margin), North Carolina, Duke, Pitt, and Georgetown. While Calhoun and company certainly seem to be the team to beat here, it never hurts to have the No. 1 recruit in the nation saying he's still considering your school.

Another player who listed U of L on Sunday was Indiana star Gary Harris, who hit the game-winner in the camp's championship game. Harris' current top five is reportedly Louisville, Indiana, Purdue, Michigan State, and Notre Dame.

Class of 2012 point guard J-Mychal Reese is also very high on Louisville, thanks in part to his relationship with Wyking Jones.

In first grade there was another Michael in my class whose last name just so happened to also start with the letter R. The teacher's solution to this quandary was to refer to me (I'm a John Michael) as "J. Michael." I fucking hated it. There was also an incident during a talent show where I was dressed up as a puffin and my fake nose fell off. I began drinking scotch soon after and can still trace every problem I've ever had back to 1992.

Suffice it to say I have reservations about this kid.

Rakeem Buckles said over the weekend that his recovery from surgery to repair a torn right anterior cruciate ligament is going well and he hopes to practice by October. He told The C-J that he can put all of his weight on his knee and doesn't feel much pain.

Buckles says the earliest he could be ready to practice at full speed would be October, which means he might not be ready by the start of the season. Pitino has said previously that Buckles (and/or Jared Swopshire) may sit out the season as a redshirt. Still, I think it's highly unlikely, at least in Rak's case.

Have to love this pair of tweets from the Chi-Daddy this morning at 5:37 and 5:40 a.m., respectively.

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