Inside Cardinal Basketball: Weekly notebook

Cardinal Authority will bring you a weekly notebook of items from the national champion Louisville basketball program. We'll try to do it each Thursday throughout the summer and into the fall, heading into another season of Cardinal basketball. Here's this week's installment.

NEWCOMERS SET TO ARRIVE ON CAMPUS

The University of Louisville basketball program is set to welcome a group of newcomers to the campus this weekend.

Four scholarship players and two walk-ons are expected to move into dorms this weekend and will be in school next week for the summer session.

"I'm really, really excited," Nebraska power forward Akoy Agau told Cardinal Authority on Thursday night, noting he will arrive in Louisville on Saturday.

Former Hargrave Military Academy standout guard Anton Gill, who is original from Raleigh, N.C., said he "can't wait" to get into town on Sunday.

Junior College Player of the Year Chris Jones and Hargrave standout Terry Rozier are also both expected in town sometime on Sunday.

Walk on players David Levitch of North Oldham and Dylan Avare of Lexington Catholic have both already enrolled. Levitch will move into the dorms on Monday, while Avare is moving to town this weekend.

"It's going to be a lot of fun," Agau said in a recent interview. "It's going to be a lot of hard work and tough at times. But I'm ready for it."

The four will begin workouts right away with the Cardinals.

CARDS ARE BACK TO WORK

The rest of the returning players are also returning to campus for summer school and will be around until the fall semester begins.

Pitino said several weeks ago that his team would "start to get serious about everything and get ready for next season," around this time.

The Cardinals return eight of 10 role players from last year's team and will be ranked among the top five teams next season in the preseason.

"We've got work to do," Pitino said. "Last year (the distractions of a Final Four), I think hurt Chane (Behanan). I think Chane got full of himself. But when I told the guys to celebrate for a week, Chane took three months and didn't work on his game.

"But I think these guys are very mature and they know the pitfalls and they understand they've got a lot of work to do."

PITINO INTERVIEW AIRS

A one-on-one interview with U of L basketball coach Rick Pitino will air on CBS Sports Network on Sunday.

The interview will be shown at 7:30 p.m.

In the interview, Pitino discusses the national championship season for the Cardinals, his son getting the job at Minnesota and more.

CHAMPIONSHIP PRINT AVAILABLE

Local artist Scott Scinta has released his latest watercolor print, celebrating the U of L basketball national championship.

Scinta, who has done prints of U of L key moments in sports including one of the Sugar Bowl in January and the 2007 Orange Bowl, has created a 16 x 20 watercolor that is sure to be a hit with U of L fans.

The print has the NCAA trophy with a Cardinal Bird peeking over the left side of the trophy. There is a basketball, pair of basketball shoes and Peyton Siva's #3 jersey just below the trophy. The bottom reads "2013 National Champions" with the score of the U of L-Michigan game.

Peyton Siva has signed 100 limited gold prints and 300 Open Edition prints, while there are also prints without an autograph.

For more information call 502.817.9111 or check out smashgraphix.com.


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