Rumor around the University of Louisville Athletics Department really never stops and this time of the year there is a great deal to cover. Generally speaking at TheCrunchZone.com we don’t comment rumors very much, but given the volume of questions we thought it might make sense to address several things:
If you follow Louisville recruiting at all, you’ve heard Trey Lewis’ name being tossed around as a 5th Year Transfer target for the Cards. Lewis 6’2, 190 dropped 24 points on the Cards earlier in November and averaged 16.3 ppg, 4.4 rebounds, 2.9 assists, 1.2 steals, and 35.4 minutes per game for the Vikings last year. Lewis would give UofL the 3rd guard (with Snider & Mitchell) that Pitino covets and perhaps the surest thing.
You can watch Pitino comment on Lewis after Louisville’s game vs. Cleveland State below where he says, “We thought going into the game that’s one of the best point guards in the country. He’s got size, he gets into the lane and makes his free throws.”
Papa John’s Stadium Expansion
This is one thing we haven’t spoken about or written about at all. But this week President Ramsey spoke about being “close” and that it was Tom Jurich’s news to break. But it seems as if a plan, or at least a fundraising campaign is about to begin, to expand the North End Zone of Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium.
We’ve heard a lot of options about what the North End Zone might look like in expansion and we are anxious to see what the final plan is. We’ve heard about the possibility of Field Level Suites, potentially a matching “Party Deck” and an “A” shaped end zone like the Seattle Seahawks have.
Jimmie Terry’s recruitment and size made him a bit of a fan favorite and the idea of him playing Offensive Guard for the football team was always very appealing. However, we’ve learned that Jimmie’s time at the University of Louisville has ended….and that’s all we’re going to say about that.
Maverick Rowan, Dylan Ennis, Damion Lee
We’ve also been hearing very LOUD chatter about the possibility of Maverick Rowan reclassifying into the 2015 class. Right now, Rowan is in the 2016 class but is a bit of a tweener as far as his age. He does have two classes that he would need to complete to become eligible for 2016 but right now it seems like things are trending that way and the Cards are in great position to land Mav……he visited UofL with Cardinal commit Ryan McMahon on Senior Night for the Virginia game.
We’ve also had questions about Drexel superstar transfer Damion Lee 6’6, 200 lbs, who scored 21.4 ppg with 6.1 rebounds, and 2.3 assists per game for the Dragons. Right now Lee is a Maryland lean and would certainly make Maryland one of the best teams in the country for 2015-16.
It was just announced that Dylan Ennis, 6’2, 192 lbs, from Villanova is transferring out the program & eligible immediately. Ennis averaged 9.9 ppg and 3.5 ast shooting 36.3% from 3. It’s too early to tell what interest there would be from Louisville, but clearly Ennis fits the mold of the type of player Louisville is looking to land if things fall through with Trey Lewis who the Cards might be further along with in the process.
One reason Rick Pitino and staff are going after so many 2015 transfers is because the 2016 Freshman class is absolutely loaded with talent and it would not make sense to tie up a scholarship to just take a player. The graduate transfer market is full of high-level players this year….we’ll see how things shake out.
Shaqquan Aaron & Chinanu Onuaku Staying
As you’ve probably heard, Louisville sophomores-to-be Shaqquan Aaron and Chinanu Onuaku will be returning to the Cards for the 2015-16 season. We’re not the type of publication to publish – NO CHANGE- stories. But it fits here. Aaron would be wise to spend the off-season in the weight room and try and find some confidence. Onuaku would be wise to work on his skills and try and find pieces of Montrezl Harrell’s motor….sometimes the worst thing is being an NBA player’s brother…especially when you play like it.