Just some things we've seen or heard around town in the last week or so that we thought you'd enjoy!
- Ellis Myles no longer needs crutches to assist his walking. Ellis walked around the Manual High gym Saturday night and appeared to have a brace underneath his jeans restricting the movement of the knee but was in good spirits and seemed to enjoy the action on the court.
- Local high school stars Terrance Farley and Rajon Rondo have been playing in unsupervised pickup games with the current members of the Cardinal basketball team during the afternoons. Farley is said to be more than holding his own, particularly at the defensive end.
- The UofL basketball team apparently has a new commitment from a point guard who will join the team in the fall. Stay tuned to ITV for more on this player!
- Nolan Smith, the son of the late Derek Smith, is playing for the DC Assault on the AAU circuit this spring. The 6'2 eighth grader, considered one of the nation's top players in the class of 2007, scored 16 points in his first AAU event of the spring last week and drew rave reviews from recruiting guru Bob Gibbons for his play.
- After canceling his visit last week, word is James Lang will make the trip to Louisville this weekend. However, speculation from those close to the Lang situation continue to mention the possibility of an early entry into the NBA Draft this summer. On a positive note, we've heard that Lang is much closer to gaining his collegiate eligibility than most think and word could come soon that Lang has indeed met freshman eligibility requirements.
- The Cardinal basketball players are participating in early morning individual instruction at the student activities center. Also, the Cardinal coaches were on the road recruiting last week during the first week of the spring evaluation period, visiting with guards Arron Afflalo and Chris Lofton. This week is a "dead" period, meaning coaches can't visit prospects, but the coaches will be back on the recruiting trail the following week.
- Darryl Watkins, a 6'10 center from New Jersey was originally scheduled to play in the Derby Festival Basketball Classic but cancelled and will not participate in next week's game. Watkins is drawing heavy interest from several national programs, including the University of Kentucky. We've heard that 7'3 Shagari Alleyne from New York will take Watkins' place on the purple roster.