Who Is New Cardinal Michael Baffour?

In this day and age where what the Cards are eating for lunch is reported with as much fervor as season-ending injuries were three decades ago, it seems impossible that Rick Pitino could slip a player onto the U of L roster without all of Card Nation taking notice.

And yet, that's precisely the situation most of us were faced with when we noticed the name Michael Baffour - the man who will apparently assume the walk-on role previously held by Elisha Justice - in the middle of Pitino's first offseason write-up.

So just who is this Michael Baffour? Let's explore.

The Basics

--Baffour is a 6-3 combo guard out of Bryan Station High School in Lexington.

--Graduated high school in 2010, so he will be a junior this season.

--Averaged 5.4 points per game as a junior at Bryan Station. Can't find anything on his senior season.

--Was also a standout in baseball and track and field.

--The younger brother of Tony Baffour, a track star at U of L from 2007-2010.

--Was born in Ghana.

A Little Deeper

--He believes college athletes should be paid.

--Is a graduate of the Russ Smith School for the Arts.

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--Also goes by "Mike."

--Majoring in sports administration

--Can be found on Twitter at @Born_R3ady

Dark Slime

--Pitino notes that Baffour has been nicknamed "Dark Slime" by Russ.

--A quick Google search reveals that Dark Slime is "a recurring monster in the Dragon Quest series."

--Dark Slime is a female monster. This is what she looks like.

--My assumption is that this is not the bedrock of the nickname in this instance.

--At a time appropriately near the end of the first blowout of the season, a "Slime Time" chant will be conducted by the student section. This happens or the season is a failure before Big East play even starts.

--Slime Time shirts and signs will also be produced.

Welcome to the squad, DS.

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