Cardinal News & Notes

News & Notes from around campus, including updates on individual basketball players, installation of the new turf at PJCS and more.


Football Camp
ITV has learned that this weekends 7-on-7 passing camp could very well be the largest attended camp in Cardinal football history. We understand that more than 50 teams from Kentucky, Indiana, Ohio, Tennessee and others are expected to participate this weekend. The increased interest is obviously a testament to the Bobby Petrino offense.

Donta Smith
Recent basketball commitment Donta Smith "stole the show" on Tuesday when he played with some current and former Cardinals. While his commitment was big news, so was his play. Smith was quick to display his much improved techiniques and size as he contributed in every aspect on the floor. In the action we saw, Smith drained several threes, including one from the left wing that hit nothing but net and another from well beyond the top of the key. Smith also showed the ability to knock down shots off the bounce, draining a 17 foot pull up from the right wing in transition. He also has a soft touch around the basket and showed he could score on the block as well. His presence was also felt defensively, as he pulled down multiple defensive rebounds and had the most impressive blocked shot of the day.

New Turf
According to our sources, U of L officials have narrowed the number of companies bidding for the contract to install a new playing surface inside Papa John's Cardinal Stadium down to three. Installation, which was orginially scheduled to begin sometime in June, will most likely begin on July 1st and would be completed in 3-4 weeks.

Reece Gaines
During our recent discussion with Reece Gaines, he informed us that he was worked out for Golden State, Memphis and Chicago so far and that they have all gone well. He also told us that he is quite nervous about the upcoming NBA draft and that he has no preference on where he'd like to play.

Dewayne White
ITV has also learned that Dewayne White has been nothing but impressive since arriving at Tampa Bay. We hear that the Buccaneers coaching staff is very impressed with White's efforts to learn, as well as his performance on the field. He has made rapid progress and is currently running with the second team.

Ellis Myles
In case you missed it in our article about the Cardinal Caravan's stop in Elizabethtown, Head Coach Rick Pitino had the following to say about the progress of Myles.

"Ellis is doing much better than we ever anticipated," said Pitino. "I thought his injury was career ending. Right now he's shooting and riding a bike. He could probably come back this year, but I think we would redshirt him anyway."

Football Recruiting
It's becoming quite clear that the Louisville football program is getting more attention from some of the best players in the South than it has in the past. Recruiting analyst Scott Kennedy made the following comment on ITV's Premium Messageboard regarding the increased interest in Louisville since the hiring of Head Coach Bobby Petrino.

"I know it has, especially in Florida and Alabama," commented Kennedy. "Two places that Coach Petrino became familiar with over the past couple of years. Also, Joe Whitt is considered Auburn's top recruiter, and with Joe Whitt Jr. now on [Louisville's] staff, that certainly won't hurt anything in the south!"

Francisco Garcia
He is simply phenomenal and vastly improved over last season. He's taking it to the hole strong and finishing and draining everything from deep! Also, Garcia is quite business like during the contests with other current and former Cardinals. He seems to carry the attitude that he is there to continue to improve himself and the others around him.

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