—Former Trinity High star and current JuCo All-American Jay Scrubb will take an unofficial visit to Louisville on Aug. 1.
—Jeff Greer recently asked (Athletic link) Ryan McMahon and Dwayne Sutton to break down the games of Louisville’s seven newcomers. The pair’s evaluations of Fresh Kimble and Samuell Williamson are especially noteworthy.
McMahon: “Fresh is a lot like (2018-19 point guard) Christen Cunningham. He’s heady, stable, knows how to run the show. He’s working on transitioning from being more of a scoring point guard to a facilitator, because that’s what we need him to do. He was coming off of injuries when he came here, so he’s getting back in really good shape.”
Sutton: “I like Fresh a lot. He and I hang out quite a bit as older guys. I like his game. It reminds me a little bit of Chris Paul and Christen Cunningham — not too big, not too athletic, just knows how to play basketball. He’s a great leader. He’s vocal. He’s still learning our system, but if he knows something, he is pretty quick to tell the younger guys how to fix it. He’s played a lot of college basketball — he’s been down three with a minute left and up three with a minute left, and he can manage it. He’s going to be a big part of what we do this year.”
McMahon: “Unreal talent. He’ll have to work defensively more, but once he adds that dimension to his game, he’s a pro. Six-whatever, 6-7, and elevates on his shot. Nobody’s blocking his shot when he gets to his spot. Offensively he’s one of the most naturally talented guys on the team.”
Sutton: “Sam reminds me of (former Golden State Warriors guard) Shaun Livingston, because he likes to shoot the mid-range shot a lot. He’s done a good job of getting his body right. He and Coach Mack and (strength coach Andy Kettler) wanted to get him stronger, and he’s pushing himself every day in the weight room. You can see it on the court. With Sam, he just has to continue to learn the game, because he’s going to be a great player. Once he learns the system, the sky’s the limit.”
—Kyle Boone of CBS has Louisville as the fourth-best national championship bet for 2019-20.
—Chubba Purdy is going to fix everything. I’m not just talking about Louisville football. Any issue that exists anywhere, Chubba Purdy is going to solve it.
Chubba Purdy got a ratings bump with 247’s new ratings today.— Keith Wynne (@Keith_Wynne) July 23, 2019
He would now be the highest rated player in the composite to sign with Louisville since they joined the ACC.
—The New York Times dives into the NCAA’s attempt to regulate the grassroots basketball scene.
—Mekhi Becton has been named to the Outland Trophy watch list.
—Safe to say Adam Duvall has enjoyed being back in Louisville.
—State of the U has Devin Hester’s punt return against Louisville as the 30th-best play in Miami football history.
It’s cool because the Urrutia stiff-arm was better.
—Lynn Stadium is one of the 11 best places in America to watch college soccer.
—Not a bad little 2019 for Reid Detmers.
—A former UNC-Greensboro women’s basketball assistant who bet on games (including UNCG games) got hit by the NCAA with a 15-year show-cause. With the legalization of sports gambling spreading across the country (not to Kentucky, of course), this feels like a calculated flex by the NCAA.
—Montrezl Harrell has been added to the USA Basketball World Cup training camp. Donovan Mitchell will also be participating in the training camp.
—Always remember that the Doctor jumped over an international player before anyone else.
At the World Univ. Games in 1977, Louisville's Darrell Griffith jumped over a 6'5 Poland forward on a layup. That Polish player went on to marry, have 3 children & won a Polish Distinguished Citizen Award. But NOTHING will surpass the honor of having Dr Dunkenstein leap over him pic.twitter.com/hO7ZasQHqG— Eric Sorenson (@Stitch_Head) July 23, 2019
—The ACC Network is doing an all-access series on North Carolina basketball this season.
—Three U of L men’s golfers have earned Academic All-American honors.
—A fresh candidate for 2019 lede of the year.
A Chicago tourist who was angry she didn’t have a FastPass to Tower of Terror ended up punching a Disney World cast member in the face and began pushing buttons, which the employee warned could have affected the ride, according to a sheriff’s report.
—Your feel good story of the day is the story of an Iowa man who hid the fact that he had a significant amount of money from everyone he knew, and then quietly used his fortune to send 33 people to college.
—Jaire is the coolest.
—As he prepares for retirement, ESPN’s Bob Ley says the one professional mistake that still haunts him is reporting that Lute Olsen had signed on to become the new head coach at Kentucky.
—Lamar Jackson looked solid during the first day of Ravens camp.
—Damion Lee is the latest former Card to pop up at the Kueber Center this summer.
—The CJ takes a shot at naming the all-time greatest athletes to come out of Male High School. Glenn Rutherford narrowly misses the cut.
—The Dodgers have recalled former Louisville catcher Will Smith, who will rejoin the team in Washington on Friday.
—My dude Ken Harbison breaks down the R&R intro that he created.
—I rank the best teams in the Big 12 for the 2019-20 season. There’s an absolute shocker at No. 1.
—Kyle Kuric came on R&R Thursday to give some updates on his professional career and reflect a little bit on his time at U of L. He’s too nice to say the tech he got after his dunk against Notre Dame was bad, but did say he would have done more to earn it if he’d known the whistle was going to blow. You can listen to the whole show here.
—The only media day quote worth anything this year came from a Wyoming kicker.
Cooper Rothe, Senior kicker for Wyoming on being one of the very few special team players to represent their school at Media Days:— RedditCFB (@RedditCFB) July 24, 2019
"Coach brought me because I don't know much about offense or defense so I can't give anything away" pic.twitter.com/IGJbDUNLQw
—Former U of L women’s soccer standout Gabrielle Vincent has singed with Utah Royals FC of the National Women’s Soccer League.
—The behind the scenes story (another Athletic link) of how Lamar Jackson became the starting quarterback of the Baltimore Ravens is quite good.
But Jackson’s respectful, easy way wins over teammates, even the man he was drafted to replace. In one of their first encounters, Jackson tells Flacco, “You are the GOAT. You won a Super Bowl MVP. Until I do that, you are the GOAT.”
The support staff quickly warms to him. “He interacts with the guys cleaning up the towels off the floor to Mr. Ozzie [Newsome] as he calls him, with equal respect,” Urban says. “He’s really cool that way.
In college, Jackson learned that Peyton Manning called everyone involved with his team by name. So he made it a point to learn everyone’s name and address them by it. “That’s a respect thing,” Jackson says. “People are honored when you remember their names.”
Tight end Mark Andrews says Jackson made friends with everyone on the team. “He’s a brother, he’s inspiring, he’s a competitor,” wide receiver Willie Snead says.
As he becomes comfortable in the locker room, he becomes comfortable in the community. He purchases a house not far from the Ravens’ facility. He moves in with his mother, his 20-year old brother Jamar Jackson, his 11-year old sister Kamoor and his nine-year old sister Kamari.
Jackson mostly is a homebody who spends time with family. “I don’t go out much,” he says. “But when I see the fans, I always show my love and respect. I embrace it.”
—Damion Lee was honored by the Louisville Metro Council on Thursday.
—Virginia is selling tickets for the raising of its national championship banner.
—Dae Williams wants the lowered expectations talk to cease.
This season will not be a rebuild year.— Dae Williams (@AllDae25) July 24, 2019
—Class of 2021 linebacker Derrick Davis out of Pennsylvania picked up a Louisville offer on Thursday.
—The battle over the tailgate cabooses continues to rage on.
—This is cool.
Madden has RPOs this year. I got to play around with them recently. Can confirm running RPOs with Lamar Jackson is the closest thing to a college video game experience we've had in 6 years pic.twitter.com/H9gbdZnqwI— Alex Kirshner (@alex_kirshner) July 25, 2019
—U of L commit Austin Collins and his family have moved away from Louisville, meaning Collins won’t be playing for Hunter Cantwell and Christian Academy this fall.
—Big Red Louie looks at what to expect with David Johnson sidelined.
—And finally, five-star guard DJ Steward says he’ll be in attendance for Louisville Live on Sept. 27.