Louisville basketball notebook

Here is the weekly look at some happenings around the University of Louisville basketball program. In this edition, a new player for the Cardinals is a main topic. Check out the notebook:


The University of Louisville basketball team reported to the Yum! Center practice facility on Sunday and there was a new member of the team present.

Sudan native Mango Mathaing, who had announced his commitment to Louisville last month, has been cleared academically to play for the Cardinals.

But the 6-foot-10, 200-pound Mathaing still has some eligibility hurdles to clear before he's eligible to play for the Cardinals. U of L spokesman Kenny Klein said the school couldn't comment on Mathaing at this point.

Mathaing has been a mystery man the last month.

He started off at a prep school in the Chicago area before heading to IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla., last season.

Mathaing averaged 12 points, 10 rebounds and four blocked shots a game last season at IMG. He also had scholarship offers from Kansas State, Georgia, Central Michigan, Auburn and Mississippi State.

Word in recent weeks was that U of L would likely spend a redshirt year on Mathaing this season. But a source on Sunday night told Cardinal Authority the prospect "might be too good," to sit out this coming season.

He's the second late signee for the Cardinals in the Class of 2012, along with former Virginia Tech signee Montrezl Harrell, who signed in June.

The Cardinals should be ranked among the top five nationally in the preseason.


U of L will begin classes on Monday for the fall semester.

The basketball team reported back on Sunday and Mathaing was in attendance when the team met with the coaching staff.

There were no other surprises at the meeting.

Senior point guard Peyton Siva said in a recent interview with Cardinal Authority that everybody on the roster "looks bigger and stronger."

"Everybody has been working hard" Siva said. "We're ready to get going now."


Siva drew some rave reviews from coaches and scouts that were at the adidas Nations event in Southern California two weeks ago.

The U of L team leader said he's been working hard on his point guard skills in the offseason and believes he's taken a few steps forward.

"Russ and me compete every day, so he's forcing me to work on a lot of my weaknesses," Siva said. "For example, he'll go under a lot of ball screens and force me to pull up and hit the three. And I've improved that, working on shooting the three consistently and pulling up on the midrange shot.

"And that's what's been best for me this summer. I've been making shots a lot better than last year and coach has been really happy with the way I've been shooting, so I'm just trying to keep in the flow of that."

Siva also noted his conditioning is "as good as it's ever been."

He said after the season he took a week or so off and "just let my body rest," and said his ankle is almost 100 percent. He was hampered by the injury much of last season.

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