Recruits React

Louisville signees Chane Behanan, Wayne Blackshear and Zach Price were in attendance for the Cardinals first game at the KFC Yum! Center Tuesday night against Butler. After the game, Blackshear and Price spoke with about their experience.

2011 Louisville signees Wayne Blackshear, Chane Behanan and Zach Price were in attendance for the Cardinals first game at the KFC Yum! Center Tuesday night against Butler.

While Kentucky natives Behanan and Price have attended exhibition games at the KFC Yum! Center, Blackshear, who drove down from Chicago, received his first taste of UofL's new arena.

"I like the new arena a lot," Blackshear said. "I can't wait to get there next year and play in it. As far as the atmosphere, I've always loved the Louisville fans. They always show a lot of love for the players."

While Price was in attendance for Louisville's scrimmage and exhibition game earlier this month, Tuesday's game against Butler was his first 'real' KFC Yum Center experience.

"It got me real excited to play there next season," said Price, who will miss Jeffersontown's scrimmage Friday with a sprained ankle. "They take winning very seriously and that's what I really like about Louisville."

Blackshear said he came away impressed with the arena he'll play in next season as a freshman.

"I saw everything – everything was real nice," Blackshear said. "The lockerroom was real nice. I saw the press room where the press comes at. The lounge is nice. The whole arena is nice."

Zach Price
Blackshear especially liked the pre-game theatrics, including the light show during the player introductions.

"My favorite part was when they announced all the players with the lights," said Blackshear. "That was kind of cool."

Blackshear also approved of Louisville's surprising 88-73 win over 16th-ranked Butler.

"I liked the game a lot," Blackshear said. "We've got a good, young team this season. Everybody played good."

Price said he wasn't surprised the Cardinals won the game over the defending national runnerup.

"It didn't surprise me," Price said. "I knew what type of talent Louisville had in store, but it needed to be released. Playing Butler was a good example of that."

Blackshear was excited to see Louisville playing at an even faster pace than they did last season.

"They play a lot faster than they did last year," he said. "They were pushing the ball. That's my kind of game. I like to shoot a lot of three's and run."

Blackshear, Price and Behanan, along with wing forward Angel Nunez, comprise one of Rick Pitino's best recruiting classes at Louisville. Those three received a lot of love from Cardinal fans Tuesday night, said Blackshear.

"Me, Zach and Chane were in the hallway signing autographs and taking pictures. It was kind of wild because I didn't expect that. Me and Zach are real tight, and me and Chane knew each other but we got even cooler from [the game]. We just all can't wait to come there and play. We all had fun."

Price agreed with Blackshear's assessment.

"We're getting to know each other more and more every day," he said. "It was a great experience."

Though Tuesday's game was Blackshear's first at the KFC Yum! Center, it likely won't be his last this season. The 6-5 shooting guard said he's planning to attend the Louisville vs. Kentucky game.

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