While the Cardinals are not participating in the Final Four this weekend in Houston, representatives from the University of Louisville will have a presence in the city.
Damion Lee in Three-Point Championship
Louisville’s Damion Lee will participate in the three-point shooting portion of the 28th annual State Farm College Slam Dunk & 3-Point Championships at Berry Center in Cypress, Texas on Thursday, March 31. He is one of eight men’s college basketball players selected for the event that will air live on ESPN at 9 p.m. ET.
Lee buried 257 three-pointers in his collegiate career at Drexel and Louisville, including a team-high 61 threes for the Cardinals this season. He led Louisville in scoring (15.9 points per game) and steals (46) as the Cards produced a 23-8 record and finished the season 16th in the Associated Press poll. Lee scored a combined 2,016 career points at the two schools.
Lee, Trey Lewis in Reese’s College All-Star Game
On Friday, Lee and teammate Trey Lewis will both play in the National Association of Basketball Coaches’ (NABC) Reese’s College All-Star Game at NRG Stadium in Houston at 4:30 p.m.
Admission is free for the event which follows the open practice sessions of the four participating Final Four teams. The game features 20 of the finest senior college basketball players from NCAA Division I playing on the NCAA Final Four floor in an East vs. West matchup. The NABC game is played as part of events during Reese’s Final Four Friday. CBS Sports will televise the game on a delayed basis on Saturday, April 2 at 1 p.m. ET.
Lewis was second on the UofL team in scoring (11.3 ppg) and assists (2.3 apg). The Cardinals’ tri-captain scored 1514 career points at Louisville, Cleveland State and Penn State.
Denny Crum Honored
Former UofL and Hall of Fame Coach Denny Crum will be honored with the 2016 Naismith Outstanding Contributor to Men’s Basketball Award by the Atlanta Tipoff Club on Sunday, April 3 at 10 a.m. at the Naismith Awards Brunch. Delivered by UPS, the awards event, which includes naming the national coach and player of the year, will be staged at the Hobby Center for Performing Arts in Houston at 10 a.m.
First presented in 1982 to Curt Gowdy, the Naismith Outstanding Contributor to Basketball Award is presented annually to individuals whose extraordinary efforts have made contributions of outstanding significance and have created a long-lasting positive impact on the game of basketball. The recipients display character, integrity and dignity, and have contributed mightily to the growth, success and viability of basketball.
In 30 seasons at Louisville, Crum guided the Cardinals to six NCAA Final Fours, including winning the 1980 and 1986 NCAA Championships. He led UofL to 23 NCAA tournaments while compiling a 675-295 record. He was inducted to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1994 and the College Basketball Hall of Fame in 2006.
Louisville’s Statistics Crew
Representatives from the Cardinals will also be involved with the games themselves this weekend. Louisville’s statistics crew will be seated at the scorer’s table at the NCAA National Semifinals and Championship games producing the official stats for the games. It is the 47th consecutive year that the crew has staffed the Final Four, including the last 31 with a computerized operation.
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