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Thursday evening Cardinal news and notes

Kris Abeln brings the CCBM back to Italy for the 2019 CC Summer Tour.

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—To the surprise of no one, Dan McDonnell has officially announced that Reid Detmers will start game one of Louisville’s super regional series against East Carolina. First pitch for Friday’s game is set for noon and ESPN2 will have the coverage.

—This is a wild stat on a number of levels.

I’d say that calls for payback ...

—Rick Bozich says that Louisville-Michigan might be the best matchup of the entire ACC-Big 10 Challenge.

—Jaelyn Withers might be the least-talked about member of Chris Mack’s first recruiting class. Danielle Lerner says he may also be the most underrated player in the class, but he’s already mature enough to put team in front of self.

Asked how he sees his role this season at Louisville, Withers doesn’t hedge or make promises.

”I’m going to be fighting for minutes and playing time this entire summer and preseason, to be honest,” he said. “So if I can get those minutes I see myself being an all-around player. I do certain things exceptionally well but still got to work on others. There’s definitely a bunch of progress I have to make before I give you an answer for that question.”

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“I was hoping (Nwora and Steven Enoch) would come back,” Withers said. “I mean, I wanted the best for them but I wanted them to come back so we would have some seasoned vets to teach us the ropes. There’s so much we can probably learn and Jordan will probably be my sparring partner throughout the season, him or Malik. Dwayne is definitely a dog, too. But I just want to get better.”

When Nwora, Sutton and Williams eventually depart, however, it’s Withers who will be the future of the program.

Withers is reluctant to talk about that; he doesn’t feel he’s earned anything yet.

He also doesn’t want to give any indication that he sees the other Cardinals as obstacles to be overcome.

“I don’t even see them as just teammates,” he said earnestly. “That’s family.”

—Louisville’s football recruiting class has climbed 31 spots up to No. 41 in the country over the last week.

—A stretch of highway in Grayson County has been renamed to honor John Asher.

—Best sports photo of the year?

—Michigan’s ACC-Big 10 Challenge game at Louisville will be the first big road test of the Juwan Howard era.

—A healthy chunk of the buzz coming out of Dolphins camp so far this summer has centered around DeVante Parker, who is looking to turn around what has been a somewhat subpar NFL career so far.

—The News & Tribune reacts to Jeff native Drew Campbell being drafted by the Atlanta Braves.

—David Johnson says (video) Chris Mack has been coaching him for a while now.

—Mike Krzyzewski’s grandson is walking on at Duke next season. With Brad Calipari announcing earlier this week that he intends to transfer, it’s hard to see this as anything but a direct shot at Kentucky.

—I’ll be honest, it took me a while to see the Ali silhouette and the butterfly wings. I just saw two cobras ready to strike.

—Former Arizona assistant Book Richardson was sentenced to three months in prison today for his role in the college basketball bribery scandal.

—Richardson was asked straight up whether or not Sean Miller was involved in paying players, and the longtime assistant chose to take the high road.

—Turns out the Warriors fan who shoved Kyle Lowry during last night’s NBA Finals game three is actually a part owner of the team. He’s now been banned from attending games.

—Four-star class of 2020 big man Hunter Dickinson recaps his recent visit to U of L.

One of the top big men in the nation Hunter Dickinson went on an official visit to Louisville this past weekend. This is the class of 2020 center’s fourth official visit thus far as he’s already visited, Notre Dame, Providence and Purdue. Louisville Head Coach Chris Mack and his staff have been looking to get Dickinson on campus for some time now.

“They’ve been trying to get me there on a visit for a while,” said Dickinson. “With my school year ending they wanted to get me there before my senior year. I really liked their practice facility and seeing the Yum Center was really cool. It’s probably better than some NBA arenas out there. I also liked how the team does a good job keeping all of the players close with one another.”

Notre Dame and Purdue are the other two schools currently most involved with Dickinson.

—GoCards.com previews the Louisville-East Carolina series.

—The NCAA announced a handful of rule changes for college basketball that will go into effect beginning next season. The most notable is the moving of the three-point line back a foot and 34 to the international line.

Jordan Nwora seems excited about the change.

—Eric Crawford gives his reaction to the college hoops rule changes.

—247 Sports has updated its player rankings for the 2020 class, and several Louisville targets are featured in the top 100. The top-ranked player from the state of Kentucky is Justin Powell, who is headed to North Oldham to play for former Cardinal David Levitch this season.

—The flying Cardinal bird was the absolute best. RIP, Rob.

—Greer begins to break down (Athletic link) the different lineups Chris Mack may utilize this winter.

—Revenge seems to be a key theme in this year’s ACC-Big 10 Challenge.

—Facing off against left-handed pitchers is nothing new for East Carolina.

—I really want Jay Scrubb to become a Cardinal.

—Lauren Brownlow thinks the Duke game is where Louisville’s 2016 football season started to go sideways.

—Louisville is No. 5 in the updated early top 25 for 2019-20 from ESPN’s Jeff Borzello.

—And finally, beat East Carolina.