A notebook of items surrounding the University of Louisville signees at the Kentucky Derby Basketball Classic event

A notebook of items surrounding the University of Louisville signees at the Kentucky Derby Basketball Classic event.

Nwora headed to Jordan game and Derby Classic

University of Louisville basketball signees Malik WilliamsLance Thomas and Darius Perry all three arrived in Louisville on Thursday and met with the media at the Kentucky Derby Festival Basketball Classic first practice.

The trio will be joined late Friday by Jordan Nwora, the fourth member of the Cardinals' class.

Nwora, a 6-foot-8 forward from Vermont Academy, will play in the Jordan Brand Classic Regional Game on Friday evening at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. He'll then board a plane for Louisville.

The sharpshooter will then play in the Derby Classic game on Saturday night at 7 p.m.

The game is set for Freedom Hall and tickets ate $18 in advance and $20 at the door.

Future Cards looking for some fun

Williams said he had been waiting to play in front of the U of L fans since he first heard about the Derby Classic game, while Thomas said the whole weekend he expects to be "just spectacular."

"This is for all the Louisville fans," Thomas said. "I know they're excited to see us play together and this will be for them. I'm excited to see the fans who come out to see what we can do."

Perry said he was also taking the weekend as a start to the four recruits ability to come together as teammates. Williams, Thomas and Perry spent some time together on Thomas' official visit back in October.

"But it's been a minute since we've been together," Thomas said.

Added Perry: "This will be good for all of us to get a start on next year."

Lights, camera, superstar......

The trio of U of L signees were mobbed by the media on Thursday.

The future Cardinals met with several groups of the media, including one stop where 10 cameras and around 25 media members converged on the trio. The three conducted the interview together and one question was about the attention.

"It's nice," Williams said with a smile.

"A sneak peek," Thomas said when Perry interrupted and said: "Malik's probably used to it."

Added Thomas: "Yeah, Malik is a superstar."

Dunk or three-point contest?

Each of the three players gave a thumbs up to another for the dunk or three-point contest.

Williams said Perry "is going to win the dunk contest," while Perry joked that "I can't dunk."

The 7-foot Williams said he was likely going to enter the three-point contest to show the U of L fans his shooting stroke. He hit 44 three-pointers as a senior, including seven in one game.

Thomas said he wasn't likely to do either, noting he might be best "in the skills competition. Yeah, a skills competition."


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