Wayne Blackshear was a huge name coming out of high school. He was Mr. Basketball in the state of Illinois (beating out Anthony Davis), a McDonald’s All-American, and a list of other accolades. Injuries, starting during the McD’s game, have certainly hindered Blackshear’s production at UofL leading up to this season. All signs pointing to Wayne being healthy coming into this season, and fans were excited to see what he could do at 100%. This season it hasn’t been injuries that has held Blackshear back, it’s been foul trouble. When he is on the court, he can ball. Problem is, he hasn’t been on the court much due to early (and often) foul trouble. Pitino decided to bring Wayne off the bench tonight against Houston, and he responded with a career night. Here’s to hoping Blackshear can build off of his performance tonight, and continue the solid play.
Kevin Ware was thrown into the national spotlight for reasons you all already know. This year, he has been far from it. He was back on the court faster than most expected this year, but has since be sidelined again. There has been talk of him redshirting, and fans have even discussed a possible transfer (mostly UK fans). When healthy, Ware is a dynamic scorer with the length and quickness to defend multiple positions. He is great in the press because of his length, and has been a proven shooter. If redshirting Ware is best for him, he will be back next year better than ever. I look forward to seeing him back on court, this year or next.
Anton Gill hasn’t seen much time on the court yet this year. I think that speaks more about the players in front of him than it says about his abilities. He’s a talented scorer that is money from deep. I think, in due time, he is going to have a solid career here at Louisville. When given the opportunity, I think Gill will prove to everyone that he can play.
I haven’t had the chance to do a Terry Rozier wallpaper yet, and it’s about time I did. I was able to watch Rozier in the Derby City Classic 2 years ago, and I had been looking forward to his arrival ever since. He’s an athletic player with a great ability to score. He has shown that he can knock down the outside shot and get into the lane. With maturity he will start to make better decisions as far as running the offense, then he will be scary.
I don’t need to say anything about the impact Russ Smith has had on Louisville basketball. His story is inspiring; a kid no one wanted, nearly transferred his freshman year, now he is a possible All-American. His attitude on the court, and from what I can tell life in general, is fun to watch. He has fun playing the game he loves, encourages positivity, and has worked as hard as anyone we’ve seen at UofL.
During my hiatus, Chris Jones decided he was going to be a major factor for Louisville basketball. I was high on Jones before ever seeing him play, every article I read about Jones was full of praise. He hasn’t disappointed since suited up for the Cardinals. He has been a steady point guard, able to score when needed, and appears to be a solid leader. With this being his first year playing D-1 basketball, I’m excited for the future with Jones running the point.
Wayne Blackshear has been hampered with injuries most of his career at UofL. He suffered a shoulder injury in the McD’s All-American game, and there has been several other set backs since then. But so far this season, Wayne appears to be healthy and playing the best basketball we’ve seen from him. He is more aggressive with his shot selection, and hitting a lot of them. He had 1 game were his shots weren’t falling, and he kept shooting. Last year, he seemed to let missed shots get to him and effect the rest of his game. This year, that doesn’t appear to be the case. With Wayne healthy, he should be ready for a break out year.
I know it’s a little late in the season to put up some schedule wallpapers, but, I’m putting up some schedule wallpapers. There is 1 for most every player (hope to add a couple more when photos become available), and then just a general wallpaper using the “Destination Dallas” graphic I created (iPhone and desktop). So, choose your favorite player (if you can choose) and represent them on your desktop while keeping up with who’s next up for the Cards. Thanks for looking.
The defending national champions were back in action for the first time on Tuesday, and it was awesome. Sure, it was an exhibition. Sure, it was against a D-II team. Sure, Montrezl Harrell is a beast. We all heard rumblings over the summer about how good Harrell looked playing for team USA, and now we can all believe it. Maybe his oop in the Georgia Dome flipped a switch in him, or maybe he had it all along. Whatever it was, I think we can all expect more out of Montrezl this year. He plays hard, works hard, and is quickly becoming one of my favorite cardinal in memory. This is the first of many wallpapers to come of Harrell this season. He is a very worthy choice for the first basketball wallpaper of the year. (I’d like to give credit to “Thy-Darkest-Hour” from deviantART for the awesome wings.)