—Louisville women’s basketball has landed a commitment from point guard Zyanna Walker, the No. 30 overall player from the class of 2022.
—Louisville football has officially announced the additions of quarterback Brock Domann and cornerback Trey Franklin.
—Samuell Williamson is the latest big-time Louisville athlete to sign a deal with Rocketeer Sports Marketing.
The young man is certainly marketable.
—Bardstown High star Will Kroger was not selected in the MLB draft, meaning he’ll be sticking with his commitment to U of L.
—Chris Mack and the Cardinal staff are making class of 2022 guard Rodney Rice feel like a major priority.
—Congrats to the 399 U of L athletes who made the Atlantic Coast Conference Honor Roll for the 2020-21 academic year.
—Probably the definitive Tom Crean tweet of our lifetime.
That is truly appreciated. I’ve been with you since the inception. My loyalty is FOR REAL to the Pizza/ Pizza https://t.co/AK4ydFebXs— Tom Crean (@TomCrean) July 13, 2021
This is not a game.
I never said I didn’t like @dominos @PapaJohns or any of the others. I love them too. I’m just a traditional guy that doesn’t want to lose the high level @littlecaesars puts out. I don’t need the bells and whistles. Just the greatness of the pizza/ pizza https://t.co/u6M7B3PPVk— Tom Crean (@TomCrean) July 13, 2021
—Louisville has offered class of 2022 four-star big man Yohan Traore.
—A total of five Cardinals wound up being selected on the second day of the MLB draft. Two more heard their names called on Tuesday.
—U of L football has offered four players from Bishop Amat in La Puente, Calif.: Delano Franklin and Tiu Afalava from the 2023 class, and 2024 standouts John Rodriguez and Melecio Campos.
—This is the best thing to happen to NC State athletics since Chuck Amato’s sunglasses.
Say hello to the newest member of our Pack...— NC State Athletics (@PackAthletics) July 13, 2021
—Dennis Dodd’s annual college football hot seat rankings post for CBS has Scott Satterfield’s seat as a 2 out of 5.
—Not many people expected the Pirates to take Henry Davis No. 1 overall, but they feel strongly that history will look fondly on the decision.
Davis, 21, of Bedford, N.Y., is regarded as one of the top hitters in college baseball, a right-handed pull hitter with power who has good athleticism behind the plate and was a finalist for the Buster Posey Award, given to college baseball’s top catcher. A first-team All-American, the 6-foot-2, 210-pounder batted .370 (68 for 184) with nine doubles, 15 home runs and 48 RBIs in 50 games as a junior, leading the ACC with a .482 on-base percentage. Davis also threw out 13 of 28 baserunners (46%) attempting to steal in 2021, and 40% (25 of 63) in his three-year career.
“Obviously, the college performance speaks for itself,” Cherington said. “We believe he can catch. We know he’s going to put the work in to do that. (Davis is) just a learner, how much he keeps improving and has done that since high school. You’re obviously betting on talent at the top of the draft. You’re also betting on the person. We feel really good about the person.”
Davis is the seventh catcher to be taken first overall in MLB Draft history, joining the likes of Joe Mauer of the Minnesota Twins in 2001 and Adley Rutschman of the Baltimore Orioles in 2019. Danny Goodwin was selected with the No. 1 overall pick twice, first by the Chicago White Sox in 1971 and then by the California Angels in 1975.
Prior to the draft, MLB Network analyst Dan O’Dowd said Davis has work to do defensively but believes his maturity level and ability to self-evaluate are crucial at the position.
“I love him,” O’Dowd said. “He’s got great leadership tendencies. And the bat is well above average. I think his desire to catch and the athleticism that he has if whoever takes him gives him a chance to settle in at that position … I think Henry is going to be a really good major league catcher and a middle-of-the-lineup bat.”
—A lot of news related to Lou City here, most important of which is 17-year-old star Jonathan Gómez reportedly being on the move.
—Jawon Pass will play his final season of college football at Prairie View A&M.
—Dan McDonnell discusses U of L’s 2021 draft success.
—Only five programs had more players taken in this year’s MLB draft than the Cards did.
—The Tallahassee Democrat takes an early look at the Sept. 25 matchup between Florida State and Louisville.
—A look at the top 2021 NBA draft prospects from the ACC, a list that includes Louisville’s David Johnson.
—And finally, the LCPT championship polls close Wednesday at noon. Get your votes in while you can.