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Thursday morning Cardinal news and notes

That’s still our championship.

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—Donovan Mitchell went off in the 4th quarter last night and the Utah Jazz stole game two from the Thunder in Oklahoma City. Mitchell finished with a game-high 28 points.

—This is pretty ridiculous.

I still can’t believe he’s this good this fast.

—If you missed, Louisville’s in-house visit with Courtney Ramey was scrubbed at the last second.

According to Jody Demling, a new visit date for Louisville and Ramey is being worked on.

—Southern Pigskin says Jaire Alexander is the best cornerback in the 2018 draft class.

—Peyton Siva won a court case against his former team in Italy, which must now pay him $40,778.83 plus interest.

—Butler wide receiver Demontae Crumes (2019) has decommitted from Louisville but says the Cards are still very much in the picture.

“Nothing happened with U of L. I just want to take other visits and didn’t want to be committed while I did that. I still like U of L and what they have to offer. I just want to make sure I’m making the right decision for me and my future.”


Sources close to Louisville tell me that the ‘Cards didn’t cool on Crumes and he is still a valued recruit. Crumes also says that Louisville is still his top priority. Crumes grew up a Kentucky fan and told me Kentucky is the particular school he really like at the moment. That being said he wants to take official visits to schools who are serious about him to offer the opportunity.

Right now it looks like Crumes is torn between Louisville and Kentucky but if another school ups the ante for him he is definitely open to new opportunities.

—Dan Wetzel explains how the latest federal charges underline the biggest issue in fixing college hoops.

—Jeff Greer breaks down what the Louisville basketball roster needs on the latest Cards HQ podcast.

—Ridiculous. This isn’t an either/or situation, kid. Not watching cartoons does nothing to improve Marquette’s chances with Chartouny.

Chartouny should pick us for that awful letterboard alone.

—Ryan Luther, the transfer from Pitt, is headed to Arizona. That could be good news for Louisville in the Zach Johnson sweepstakes. Johnson is currently scheduled to visit ‘Zona on April 22.

—Brad Stevens says Terry Rozier has everything it takes to be great in the NBA.

“He just continues to get better,” Stevens said of Rozier shortly after the call began. “Obviously we’ve talked about his competitiveness, his athleticism and his work ethic being at the highest level, and that usually lends to good players improving quickly.”

Again, Stevens felt the need to reiterate Rozier’s outstanding make-up.

“I don’t know if that’s opportunity or if that’s growth, right?” he said. “He’s worked hard to grow and to get better and clearly has improved every day that he’s been here.

“It goes back to his competitiveness and his work ethic, and then I think that’s showcased by opportunity.”

—Terry also got some love from Cavs general manager David Griffin, who thinks Scary T deserves a look for NBA Most Improved Player.

—Louisville lacrosse’s Carolina Blalock has been named the National Rookie of the Week after her four goal performance against Virginia.

—Yet to be cleared by the NCAA, Brian Bowen now says he’ll test the NBA Draft waters. He is not hiring an agent and is remaining enrolled at South Carolina.

—I just assumed the first time I saw this video that the guy catching the pucks was the dad of all three kids and he wanted to make sure the other two got pucks before his daughter did. Turns out he’s just the douche of the century.

—Pro Football Focus’ complete seven round mock NFL Draft has Lamar Jackson going to the Bills with pick No. 12 and Jaire Alexander going to Carolina with the 24th pick. Stacy Thomas (127) and Geron Christian (169) also hear their names called.

—Alcohol sales are coming to NCAA championships. Just in time for the Sweet 16 and the Elite 8 being back at the Yum Center.

—Myisha will always be the best.

—Bull Durham is also the best.

—Which NFL teams can make the most out of Lamar Jackson’s gifts?

—Asia Durr will participate in the USA Basketball women’s 3-on-3 national championships.

—Should be his real name.

—The New York Giants hosted Geron Christian on Wednesday.

—Bill Self was in Louisville on Wednesday to visit with Aspire Academy star Charles Bassey.

—After almost 30 years, declining revenue and membership could force Louisville’s University Club to close its doors.

— outlines where you should go for Thunder this weekend.

—And finally, former Louisville commit and Trinity standout David Johnson feels “very comfortable” with the new U of L staff.

“We met with all of them,” Johnson told Cardinal Authority. “He explained to me his style and the staff and how I would fit in at Louisville.

“He told me what kind of an impact I would have if I ended up coming to Louisville. He made me feel really comfortable.”

Mack told the 6-foot-5 four-star prospect that someone on the staff “would be at almost every game,” he played during the live periods this spring and summer. Johnson is running with The Ville this spring and summer and expects Mack and his staff to watch him in Indianapolis this weekend.

“He’s said they’d always be there,” Johnson said.

This is good news.