Notebook: Derby Festival Classic hoops

Cardinal Authority has a notebook of items on the three future University of Louisville players participating in the Kentucky Derby Festival Classic Basketball game on Friday night.

A notebook of items on the three future University of Louisville players participating in the Kentucky Derby Festival Classic Basketball game on Friday night.

The future U of L players: Quentin Snider is a point guard from Ballard High School; Jaylen Johnson is a forward from Ypsilanti, Mich.; Chinanu Onuaku is a center from Upper Marlboro, Md., Riverdale Baptist.

The Night of the Future Stars will be Thursday night at Floyd Central High School, while the game will be played Friday at Freedom Hall.

CARDS THINKING NUMBERS

The future U of L players are on the same team for the first time and were joking around with each other on Wednesday afternoon at practice.

All three are expected to enroll at U of L on the first few days of June and will begin working out with the team that same week.

Snider wore No. 4 in high school at Ballard and said he would request that number at U of L, "but I don't know if I will get it."

Shaqquan Aaron also wore No. 4 in high school, while walk-on Dillon Avare currently wears No. 4 for the Cardinals.

Onuaku said he expects to wear No. 32 at U of L, while Johnson said he is expecting to wear No. 10, as he said "the same number as Gorgui (Dieng) wore" when he was at U of L.

HARRELL BACK IS 'GREAT NEWS'

When forward Montrezl Harrell announced he was returning to Louisville for his junior season, it was a surprise to his future teammates.

Snider said he was "great news," while Johnson said he was looking forward to "getting better," while going against Harrell in practice.

Onuaku said he found out from a friend and "was really excited."

"I was in class," Onuaku said. "Someone told me in class and it's good news. I'm excited because it will make me better."

JOHNSON'S MOM BY HIS SIDE

Johnson's mother, Janetta, played at Wisconsin and led the nation in blocked shots for one season during her career.

The 6-foot-4 Johnson said her son is a "momma's boy, but don't tell anybody."

"He's worked hard and is still working hard," she said. "He's looking forward (to getting to U of L) and working hard to improve."

Johnson said his mother has been a "huge part" of his growth on and off the court.

"She's always been there for me," he said. "It's been great for me."

Johnson has been listed at 6 feet 9 and his mother said he has "grown some."

SNIDER IN FRONT OF HOMETOWN FANS

Snider played at Ballard and will be playing in front of the hometown fans in this game.

The future U of L point guard said he has been to several Derby Classic games in the past, knowing "I came when I was little."

"This is going to be fun," he said. "I've been looking forward to playing with these guys."

JOHNSON IN DUNK CONTEST

Johnson said he would participate in Thursday night's dunk contest, while Snider said he would participate in the three-point contest.

The dunk and three-point will begin at 7.


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