Future Cards ready to get to town

Four of the five remaining University of Louisville basketball newcomers are set to arrive on campus this weekend. Cardinal Authority has confirmed the arrival date of the four future U of L basketball players. Check it out:

Deng Adel is about to get some company.

Adel was the lone member of the six-player University of Louisville basketball programs class of newcomers on campus and enrolled in school this month.

But that will change this weekend.

Cardinal Authority has confirmed Trey Lewis, Ryan McMahon, Donovan Mitchell and Ray Spalding will all arrive at U of L this weekend. All four will be enrolled for the second summer semester of classes, which starts next Tuesday.

"It's come pretty fast," McMahon said. "I'm excited, nervous, sad and so happy all in the same. It's going to be a lot of fun to get there."

Adel has been enrolled since earlier this month and has been working out and playing pickup games while attending class. The sixth newcomer - Damion Lee - will graduate in the next couple of weeks from Drexel and arrive in early July.

The four newcomers this weekend will join Adel in being eligible right away to start working out with the U of L staff. The rest of the team is also expected back next week and the Cardinals are expected to have a full team practice early next week.

"It's a very important time for us," Lewis said. "We have guys with a high level of basketball ability but we need to make sure our chemistry off the court is good and we can get to know each other on the court as well.

"This is a time that's so important for our team."

Lewis, a graduate student transfer from Cleveland State, is a 6-foot-2 guard who led Cleveland State in scoring at 16.3 points a game this past season and had 24 of his team's 33 points in a 1oss to Louisville in November. Lewis set a Cleveland State single-season record with 96 three-pointers last season.

"I am so excited to get there and get going," Lewis said. "Coach Pitino wants me to be the leader and he wants me to start right now, so I'm ready to go."

Lewis said he will arrive in Louisville on Sunday.

Mitchell, the highest ranked high school prospect in the class, comes to U of L from Brewester Academy in Wolfeboro, N.H. He was named MVP of the Jordan Brand Classic Regional game and the Kentucky Derby Classic in April.

"I can't wait," said Mitchell, noting he'll be in town on Saturday. "I've never been so excited to go to school in all my life. It's going to be a lot of fun to get there and get going with the rest of the guys."

The 6-foot-1 McMahon was the No. 3 player in the Mr. Basketball race in Florid after scoring nearly 30 a game for Sarasota, Fla., Cardinal Mooney. He was a late addition this spring for Pitino and his staff at U of L.

"We're all excited to get there," McMahon said. "We get a jump start on next year and what it's going to be like all together."

McMahon will arrive on Sunday.

The 6-foot-10 Spalding, a Mr. Basketball finalist for Trinity High School, will also get to campus this weekend.

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