—Your must read of the day comes from The Players Tribune, where Donovan Mitchell tells his story with the help of some editing from his mom.
—Speaking of Donovan, the media push for his new signature shoe is officially on.
—Arizona State fans are not thrilled about Chubba Purdy picking Louisville.
—Major shoutout to the Male High School softball team on polishing off an undefeated season and winning a damn national championship.
—After accidentally creating some rules that actually benefitted its student athletes, the NCAA is now working on tightening its guidelines for transferring and limiting the number of players who receive immediate eligibility waivers. Because it sucks.
—Athlon ranks all 130 FBS coaches in college football and has Scott Satterfield at No. 38.
38. Scott Satterfield, Louisville
Louisville couldn’t lure Jeff Brohm home, but athletic director Vince Tyra still hit a home run by hiring Scott Satterfield to replace Bobby Petrino. Satterfield spent the last six seasons at Appalachian State, compiling a 51-24 mark at his alma mater. The Mountaineers moved from the FCS level to FBS in Satterfield’s second year (2014) and never recorded a losing mark over the next five seasons. Appalachian State won at least nine games in each of Satterfield’s last four years at the helm, including the 2018 team that won the Sun Belt title. Satterfield’s background is on offense, but the Mountaineers were also strong on defense during his tenure. Satterfield ranks as the best hire among new coaches for 2019.
—Congrats to U of L pitcher Nick Bennett, who officially signed with the Milwaukee Brewers on Tuesday.
—California’s state senate recently passed a bill that would allow college athletes to profit off their name and image. Naturally, NCAA president Mark Emmert is now saying that California schools might not be allowed to participate in NCAA championships if that bill becomes a law.
—Ricky O’Donnell’s first 2020 mock draft for SB Nation features Samuell Williamson going in the first round.
24. Samuell Williamson, F, Louisville
Williamson is a 6’7 wing who drew rave reviews on the all-star circuit as he ended his high school career. The McDonald’s All-American projects as a freshman starter on a Louisville team that should start the year in the top 10 of preseason polls. Williamson is a powerful athlete going to rim who excels in transition and should produce dozens of highlight reel dunks. He also has a developing jump shot — hitting hit 50 percent of his threes on two attempts per game and 77 percent of his free throws on Nike’s EYBL circuit. Scouts will want to see him finish more efficiently inside the arc, defend, and continue improving as a passer during his freshman season.
—Louisville is the latest to offer Roselle (N.J.) Catholic big man Cliff Omoruyi.
—If you could change college football history by changing one touchdown, which one would you choose?
—Every 2019 U of L women’s soccer home game will be televised.
—Akoy already putting in work overseas.
Former Louisville big man Akoy Agau averaged 21.5 points and 5.3 rebounds in four games over the weekend in the Gran Canaria Summer League in Spain.— Jeff Greer (@jeffgreer_) June 24, 2019
—ESPN has updated its rankings for the basketball class of 2020.
—U of L pitcher Adam Elliott had a College World Series jersey stolen last week in Omaha, and now he and his family are asking for help in trying to get it back.
—According to Jeff Greer, Aidan Igiehon will arrive in Louisville on Sunday.
—Baby CC will now be raised on Goldstar.
—Rutgers’ chancellor got caught on video trying to play the “don’t you know who I am” card.
—Teddy Bridgewater says staying with the Saints and not taking a potential starting gig with Miami was about him wanting to continue to grow as a player.
—Here’s the best look yet at Donovan Mitchell’s new signature shoe, which will be released to the public in a couple of weeks.
And here are some additional details:
.@adidasHoops officially announces that Donovan Mitchell's D.O.N. Issue #1 will drop on https://t.co/3YGrsUMaYf on July 1 for $100 then in retail stores like Champs and Footlocker on July 5th. Each new colorway will celebrate Mitchell and other @Marvel Super Heroes.— Eric Woodyard (@E_Woodyard) June 26, 2019
The official release dates for Donovan Mitchell's Adidas signature sneakers are:— Eric Woodyard (@E_Woodyard) June 26, 2019
— Red/white/blue AMAZING SPIDER-MAN (7/1)
—"Venom" SYMBIOTE SPIDER-MAN (7/18)
—Black/green STEALTH SPIDER-MAN (8/1)
— Red/metallic gold MARVEL’S IRON SPIDER (8/31)
—Five weeks after suffering a stroke, Denny Crum says he’s making progress and feeling good.
—Scottie Davenport talks to WDRB about Bellarmine’s move to Division-I.
—Purdiest CJ front page in years.
(•_•)— Gabe Duverge (@GabeDuverge) June 25, 2019
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I’m also just now seeing that Chubba’s high school nickname is “the Pumas.”
Could be poetic.
—Andy Katz’s latest Power 36 rankings have Louisville at No. 8.
—David Levitch is hosting a pair of basketball camps at North Oldham High School at the end of July and early August. Sign-up information can be found here.
—I love everything about this.
Exactly why my friends are considered my brothers!! They got me some for my man cave. Not all heroes wear capes pic.twitter.com/fLNaeerdy5— (@GeorgeKim_Bro) June 23, 2019
—Former Cardinal goalkeeper Stefan Cleveland makes the USL team of the week.
—The ACC Network is seeking a unique approach for a unique conference.
—Former Louisville closer Nick Burdi underwent surgery on Tuesday to relieve symptoms of neurogenic thoracic outlet syndrome. He’s expected to be back by spring training 2020.
—Don’t mess with the Bats, man.
someone tell indy’s brilliant broadcaster that if you throw at my head on purpose the pitch before and miss, my bat will for sure be getting flipped 10000% of the time https://t.co/10jHRH7LZp— Brian O'Grady (@BrianOGrady21) June 26, 2019
—Four-star guard DJ Steward will be taking an unofficial visit to Louisville on Thursday, per Evan Daniels.
—David Hale ranks Louisville’s 2019 secondary as the second-worst in the ACC.
—Dain Dainja, a four-star forward with a fantastic name that had been recruited by U of L, has committed to Baylor.
—All Will Smith does in LA is hit walk-off bombs.
—Brendan McKay has been damn near un-hittable since his call up to Triple-A Durham.
—Congrats to Louisville Bats/U of L women’s basketball play-by-play announcer Nick Curran on being selected to be a part of the Triple-A All-Star Game broadcast team.
—The Louisville women will play at Ohio State in the 2019 ACC-Big Ten Challenge.
—This is a very awesome thing Luke Hancock has been doing for a few summers now.
Luke Hancock basketball clinic for children with Autism was so much fun earlier. So many smiling faces such great energy! We’ll have more tonight! pic.twitter.com/uWlgaNhD1B— Hayley Minogue (@HayleyMinogueTV) June 22, 2019
—Danielle Lerner recaps her day at the Chris Mack basketball camp.
—U of L golfer Matthias Schmid has been named a second team PING All-American.
—Brendan McKay has been named the Midseason Player of the Year within the Rays organization.
—Hoops Insight writes about the importance of Darius Perry and the likelihood that Perry could see more time at the point during his junior season.
However, there’s more to his season once we look beneath the surface stats. Perry had dramatically different impacts on UofL, depending on whether he played alongside Cunningham or not. When playing alongside Cunningham, Perry was largely an ineffective shooting guard:
—He assisted on 13% of his teammates’ shots
—64% of his shots were three pointers
—He rarely drew free throws, attempting 1 free throw for every 4 field goals
This stats profile is basically that of a catch-and-shoot player with limited plamaking ability; his closest historical comps are players like Wayne Blackshear or Chris Smith. Nobody was clamoring for those players to fill in at point guard, to say the least.
When Perry played without Cunningham, however, he turned into a different player:
—He assisted on 22% of his teammates shots
—40% of his shots were three pointers
—He drew 2 free throws for every 5 field goals
Perry also turned the ball over less frequently despite taking on more playmaking responsibility. His statistical profile in these situations was actually very similar to Cunningham’s predecessor at point guard, Quentin Snider.
Perry had a few games last season where he showed off more of his point guard skills. Against Tennessee, he tallied 8 assists, including 5 assists on 9 Cardinal baskets when Cunningham sat. Against Notre Dame, nearly all of Perry’s playing time came without Cunningham, and he tallied 2 assists on his teammates 7 baskets. Perry clearly has the athletic ability to drive past defenders, and he has more passing vision than he’s been asked to show. Perry also has been successful beating his man without requiring a screen, allowing UofL to space the floor with their shooters. With shooters like McMahon, Jordan Nwora, and Dwayne Sutton, Perry has the ability to generate half court offense for UofL.
—The journey of U of L recruit and Louisville native Jay Scrubb is both heartbreaking and awe-inspiring.
—If you missed it last week, V.J. King has signed a free agent deal with the New York Knicks.
—Eric Crawford picks out the five best local weekends of the upcoming college football season.
—Most impressive performance in years by someone on the GABP mound in a Reds jersey.
This little guy refused to throw out the first pitch until he was on the mound. pic.twitter.com/X4VsnV0Zpx— Matt Lisle (@CoachLisle) June 16, 2019
—Montrezl Harrell has signed a new shoe deal with And1.
—Lamar Jackson is ready to take the Ravens to the next level, writes Adam Rank of NFL.com.
—Four Cards have been invited to the tryouts for the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team.
—Scottie Skiles Satterfield.
—Louisville is one of the five schools most involved with 2020 four-star hoops recruit Jabri Abdur-Rahim.
—Luke Smith’s hometown paper writes about how the Cardinal pitcher is much more than a few choice words.
—And finally, rest in peace to longtime Card Chronicle reader and U of L fan Kyle Keeber, who passed away far too soon last week in his adopted home of Vietnam. Keeber graced the front of the site a couple of years ago after taking the summer tour to the Great Wall.
His visitation and a celebration of his life will both be held Thursday at the KFC Yum Center.
Rest easy, Kyle.