2017-2018 NBA Rookie of the Year - Odds to Win
Lonzo Ball 5/2
Ben Simmons 3/1
Markelle Fultz 5/1
De"Aaron Fox 7/1
Josh Jackson 9/1
Jayson Tatum 9/1
Jonathan Isaac 16/1
Malik Monk 16/1
Dennis Smith 16/1
John Collins 20/1
Justin Jackson 22/1
Lauri Markkanen 22/1
Getting Donovan was the focus of Utah's Thursday night.
Mitchell had his first pro workout with the Jazz on May 27. At the time, it seemed like Utah was just working out as many players as possible; the Jazz only had the 24th pick in the draft and Mitchell would likely be long gone by then.
The Jazz "fell in love," ESPN draft analyst Chad Ford wrote Friday. "They were working all draft to figure out how to get (Mitchell)."
Minutes before Mitchell was selected, Yahoo Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski reported that Utah had traded former Kentucky star Trey Lyles and the No. 24 pick to Denver in exchange for the 13th slot.
"That was a painful decision," Lindsey said. "... We targeted a few players, all close to the vest. Donovan was one of those guys in a big way because of his length and his athleticism and his character."
On the phone with Jazz legend and former Louisville Cardinal, Darrell Griffith.— Utah Jazz (@utahjazz) June 23, 2017
"I'm so happy I could cry." pic.twitter.com/Q27Zq9qpwR
Shoutout to Louisvillian Jennifer Lawrence on getting her own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame today.
SB Nation's first mock NBA draft for 2018 predicts that Brian Bowen will be Rick Pitino's first one-and-done.
23. Brian Bowen, SG, Louisville
Bowen was the last five-star recruit to commit out of the class of 2017, but it worked to his benefit by finding a great situation at Louisville. As the Cards' nominal replacement for Donovan Mitchell, Bowen brings superior size (6'7) and three-point shooting ability to the position. The Cards can run some really interesting lineups next season with Bowen, Deng Adel, and V.J. King. If Louisville is one of the top teams in the country (possible), Bowen could see his stock really start to rise.
NBC also has a Cardinal being taken in the first round of its 2018 mock draft, but that Cardinal is V.J. King.
The ACC set an NBA Draft record (video) with 10 first round picks last night.
On the other end of the spectrum, a good draft for the Big 12 last night only added to the conference's growing frustration with its lack of March Madness production.
SLC Dunk breaks down what to expect from Donovan Mitchell at the next level.
"But the real low point for me came in '97" pic.twitter.com/9fJKKI4RfJ— Mike Rutherford (@CardChronicle) June 23, 2017
Eric Crawford breaks down the ratings upset of more people in Louisville watching the CWS than the NBA Draft.
I'm going to write more about this next week, but we really should be making a bigger deal about the fact that there hasn't been one piece of negative off the field news involving Lamar Jackson since his rapid ascent to American sports superstar. That is an extreme rarity these days, and the young man deserves some significant praise.
Christian County rising senior QB Kolbe Langhi hanging out with Louisville QB and Heisman winner Lamar Jackson at Manning Passing Academy. pic.twitter.com/3Y9BwjCOU7— Chris Jung (@ChrisJungKNE) June 23, 2017
Day 6 of the CWS in picturesis difficult to look at for Louisville fans.
If the 2016-17 college basketball season gave us nothing else, it gave us this Dillon Brooks GIF.
Feel good story with Dillon Brooks hearing his name called tonight after his brush with death earlier this year. pic.twitter.com/6h58KsFqi8— Mike Rutherford (@CardChronicle) June 23, 2017
Baseball America says Louisville's loss to TCU last night marks the end of an era for a group of Cardinal legends.
A preview of this weekend's Louisville City FC game.
Shoutout to this kid. And Mark Morrison.
MY MOOD ALL SUMMER pic.twitter.com/bS4kRJURmB— Junebug (@airjunebug) June 22, 2017
D1Baseball.com says despite its loss on Thursday, Louisville baseball has a paved road in front of it for the future.
Golden Nugget has Florida State as an 8-point favorite for a football game against Louisville that won't be played for another 11 months or something.
David Teel focuses on the good and the bad of Louisville's time in the ACC. The only bad has come off the field/court.
Louisville's 2012 invitation to join the ACC included none of the babbling about academic and cultural fit that accompanied much of conference realignment. This was a sports business transaction, and no one pretended otherwise.
Both parties have profited.
Just completing their third season in the league, the Cardinals have excelled as many anticipated. Their revenue sports, football and men's basketball, win. Their Olympic programs win.
Indeed, since joining the ACC, Louisville is a combined 333-106 in football, men's and women's basketball, and baseball. That .759 winning percentage in the four major sports paces the league by a wide margin — Florida State is next at .703 (312-132).
Moreover, the Louisville market devours college sports on television like few, if any, in the country, a boon to the ACC Network that launches in 2019 in conjunction with ESPN.
Even the classroom component has worked. In men's basketball, the Cardinals have a perfect NCAA Academic Progress Rate of 1,000. Their most recent football APR of 988 trailed only Duke's 992 in the ACC.
The negative side of the column reads pretty much how you'd expect it to.
Easily the best record of all programs in the four major sports is cool.
And finally, beat the dead period.