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Former Foundation CFO sues over firing @BROSHEA91
Former U of L Foundation Chief Financial Officer Jason Tomlinson filed a lawsuit Nov. 9 alleging he was made the “fall guy” in the wake of the release of the foundation’s scathing audit in June. The lawsuit said Tomlinson received no notice, basis or hearing prior to his termination. “No reason could have been given because none existed,” Tomlinson’s lawyer Don Cox said in the lawsuit. The suit alleges the Foundation voted to terminate Tomlinson in closed session but never released a resolution regarding the decision. “The University of Louisville Foundation stands by its decision regarding Mr. Tomlinson and will not discuss personnel matters further,” Foundation Executive Director Keith
Sherman said in a statement. The termination letter from SherTomlinson was CFO under former man gave no reason for the decision university President James Ramsey to fire Tomlinson. before he was ousted in 2016. After The former CFO was placed on the release of the audit, Tomlinson’s “mutually agreed upon leave” in the dismissal folsummer, barely lowed that of 24 hours after Kathleen Smith, the audit release. [The audit was conducted Ramsey’s former The lawsuit calls administrative by] paid character the company that officer. conducted the Initially hired audit, Alvarez assassins whose job was in 2015, Tomlinand Marsal, “paid son’s base salary to blacken the image of character assaswas $260,000. His sins whose job certain employees. contract was to was to blacken extend through the image of cer2021. The suit tain employees.” details TomlinThe June 8 reson received unemployment benefits. lease of the forensic audit revealed Tomlinson’s employment contract damning information about the ate obscuring of information from says these benefits are obtained if the foundation. Alleged gross overspend- the media occurred under Ramsey’s employee is let go with no fault. ing, hidden transactions and deliber- former administration.
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Pan-African department hosts “Take a Knee” discussion @BROSHEA91
Since Colin Kaepernick protested the National Anthem by taking a knee, similar protests and debate have sparked across the nation. U of L’s department of Pan-African studies discussed the debate in its “#TakeAKnee: Exploring the Intersection Between White Supremacy and Sports” panel Nov. 7. Panelists included professor Cedric Powell and Laura McNeal of the Brandeis Law School, Pan-African Studies Department Chair Ricky Jones and Nicholas McLeod. McLeod is a doctoral student in the Pan-African studies department. The panelists argued the narrative has shifted from Kaepernick’s original reason for taking a knee: police brutality. Instead, athletes are accused of being unpatriotic and disrespectful to veterans. Powell related the shift to revisionism. Along with protests of police brutality, debates have sparked this year about Confederate monuments, their place in history and their removal from public spaces. Many argue removing statues erases history. Others say the monuments are a reminder of slavery. “The Civil War becomes not a war
of oppression to reinforce and subjugate people of color, it becomes a war to save magnolia trees and mansions,” Powell said. Jones says the issue goes beyond the NFL. “What it’s really about is the in-
It’s about the murders that are happening that we’ve become used to. It’s about justice.
humane treatment of black people in the country that’s been going on since the country has been around,” Jones said. “It’s about police brutality. It’s about the court system.” Panelists said athletes like Kaepernick begin their careers as early as middle school. McLeod played football for three years in college, suffering multiple injuries. “From a young age, football players are taught to ignore pain. We’re taught to go and simulate war. Our
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coaches are generals,” McLeod said. He said the process begins with recruitment. According to McLeod, black athletes are taught to believe sports are their only option. As a result, education comes second. McLeod said young athletes are depoliticized and away from rallies and campus events, noting the lack of athletes present. “(The athletes have) limited social and racial consciousness,” McLeod said. “It’s about the murders that are happening that we’ve become used to. It’s about justice.” McLoed said some high schools now discipline students for taking a
knee. Sometimes, students are kicked off the team. McNeal believes it’s because students are seen as a threat, as future activists and freedom fighters. McNeal said these administrators are infringing on the First Amendment rights of students, many of whom are black. He explained that this is an act of material disruption. McNeal said this material disruption is subjective. It attempts to keep the status quo, silence the movement and keep the majority in power. “What’s the proper response to take a knee? Take another knee,” McNeal said.
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Rhonda Williams rouses students in speech on social justice KYELAND JACKSON
women. “The evidence, it is there historiProfessor and historian Rhonda cally,” Williams said, later recalling a Williams said she was a teen riding tour she took on a historic plantation. a bike in her neighborhood when an “I am on a plantation in a house where officer took her in his car, paraded there’s a picture of a black woman in a her in front of white residents and denigrated her mother as he dropped her off in her neighborhood. Years later, after being told her journalism was “too blacked-up,” and after an officer said she had no rights as a black person in America, Williams devoted her research to black lives and the disparities among races in America. As part of U of L’s Anne Braden Institute for Social Justice Research lecture series, Williams spoke at DuPont Manual High School about such struggles in this century. Williams said many American systems disadvantage black men and @KYELANDJ
Our students, I think, really need to be exposed to people beyond our campus.
parlor … it seems odd to me I’m on a plantation and I’m not really hearing about enslaved black people.” Williams said the social creation of black peoples’ roles helped entrench systematic racism in America. Lesser roles would be given to blacks, and those who did not fit those roles were deemed dangerous. Pointing to pictures of Trayvon Martin, a black teen fatally shot by a neighborhood watch volunteer, and
Sandra Bland, a black woman found hanged in a cell days after a traffic stop, Williams said being placed in that role can be deadly. “We want and need an end to police brutality,” Williams said. “It is how we imagine ourselves and those not us, no matter where we sit, that undergirds the narratives molded into inequality.” That inequality, Williams said, is at the institutional level too. She cited evidence of institutional racism in American government, schools, tourism, health and policing. Some evidence arises from a lack of care, as Williams pointed to ignored medical needs, food requirements and other health concerns as a form of violence against black people. Discussion and historical knowledge, Williams said, can help mend racial tensions. Williams’ discussion arrived days after questions of racism were leveled at Louisville high schools. One incident involved a student who was detained, kicked and tased at Jeffersontown High School. Jeffersontown police allege the student struck their officer, leading to the tasing. Another incident involved Manual High School’s principal, who allegedly made racist remarks while talking with black students. Manual High School senior Akwelle Quaye and junior Kyra Welch
said it was good to see a black woman speak. Both are part of the school’s black student union, and Welch said students should care to see representation. “If you see other black people doing well, it’s going to encourage you to do well,” Welch said. “It’s a symbol of power that people should support ... there’s something about a woman who’s doing great and trying to educate people -- that people actually listen to -- that grabs peoples’ attention.” U of L Arts and Sciences Dean Kimberly Kempf-Leonard attended too. Kempf-Leonard said social justice is important in America now, and urged university students to broaden their perspectives “Our students, I think, really need to be exposed to people beyond our campus,” Kempf-Leonard said. “The mission of our campus includes being advocates for social justice, so I think that its very important that students get that foundation.” Williams’ appearance caps the Anne Braden Institute’s 11th lecture on U.S. civil rights movement history. The lecture series has drawn John Powell, Carol Anderson and Angela Davis. Davis, a famed political activist and professor, brought more than 800 people to Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium when she spoke last year.
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Students want a say in real estate deals The document says profits from U of L’s website expected ground the University Pointe deal were sup- to be broken “no sooner than fall posed to be used for the restoration of 2015,” but Jasper Noble said that the At Nov. 7 SGA meeting, a resoluStansbury Park on South 3rd Street. SGA was not aware of any progress tion was passed detailing grievances on the project. against the foundation. U of L’s Interim President Greg The document petitions the presiPostel and the Foundation Interim dent of the university, and the chair This is somtehing that Executive Director Keith Sherman of the foundation to consult with the are under no obligation to accept the SGA before real estate deals are made. the student body is not SGA’s resolution. However, Noble The resolution was co-authored by said the document was a statement SGA President Vishnu Tirumala and okay with and ... that directly from the student body. Jasper Noble, the senate historian. “There needs to be some form of Complaints against the foundation we would like to see accountability to the students wheninclude that the land for University ever there’s any sort of development.” changed. Pointe was sold to a private company Noble said. “This is something that without consultation with students. the student body is not okay with, — Jasper Noble The resolution also says this sale was and this is something that we would made after students “repeatedly inlike to see changed.” dicated a preference for university owned and operated housing.” JOSEPH LYELL
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READ MORE ONLINE The men’s and women’s basketball teams kicked off their seasons with wins. Check out LouisvilleCardinal.com for game recaps and more featured stories.
Men’s basketball must learn on the fly in 2017-18
Deng Adel (left) with acting head coach David Padgett. DALTON RAY @DRAY5477
On the court, men’s basketball starts this season similar to ones in the past: ranked in the Top 25, an established starting five and talented bench. Off the court, No. 16 Louisville is clouded with uncertainty. Replacing Hall of Fame head coach Rick Pitino is David Padgett, a former Louisville player and Pitino assistant. Despite being in bad situation, Padgett says all the right things when he steps in front of a microphone. “We have a chance to have a very good year on based our talent level. We have a good mix of returning experienced players that got significant minutes for us and a very nice group of talented freshman,” Padgett said. Louisville is led by seniors Quentin Snider and Anas Mahmoud and junior Deng Adel. The three upperclassmen will be leaned on for production and guidance through a dubious time. Snider, a local product, has 271 career assists. His calm pace sets the tone for U of L. A crafty offensive player, Snider is the team’s returning leading scorer (12.4 points per game). Future NBA prospect Adel is primed to be the star for the Cardinals. The 6-foot7 athletic wing will likely be one of the best two-way players in the ACC this season. Expect Adel’s junior campaign to thrust him into the first round of the NBA Draft. Mahmoud is the vocal leader of the Cardinals. Mahmoud doesn’t have the ideal weight for a star center, but is a quality defender that can step away from the rim. With 114 career blocks, Mahmoud is sitting just outside the top 10 in program history.
The other two expected starters are sophomore VJ King and junior Ray Spalding. King can play either the two or three and Spalding is an athletic 6-foot10 forward. Both have NBA talent and could potentially be difference makers for U of L if they stay consistent. Padgett expects the team to be a quality offensive team. “At this point of the season, we’re farther ahead offensively than we have been,” Padgett said. “We’re a little behind defensively where we have been in the past.” An area of improvement Padgett knows his team must address is depth. And there’s only to achieve that: Time. “(The freshmen) just have to go through it,” Padgett said. “I wish there was an easy way to inject experience into these guys but there’s not.” The bench is filled with underclassmen. Ryan McMahon and Dwayne Sutton, a pair of redshirt sophomores, have limited experience and will likely be two of the first off the bench. McMahon, a 3-point specialist, will miss some time early with a rib injury. Sutton is a powerful 6-foot-5 wing and his athletic ability allows to play bigger than his height. A known slasher and rebounder, Sutton sat out last season after transferring from UNC Asheville. Freshman Darius Perry will step into the spotlight early because of McMahon’s absence. McMahon said Perry will grow through committing turnovers. “(Perry) is the most ‘freshman’ in terms of what he has to learn, but he’s also probably the most talented,” McMahon said. Freshman Malik Williams, 6-foot-11 can stretch the floor with his shooting ability. “I don’t know if we’ve had a guy of
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William’s size that can shoot from outside,” Padgett said. “He just has to learn he can’t just float out there.” Jordan Nwora and Lance Thomas are the remaining two scholarship freshmen. Nowra is a 6-foot-8 forward that can knock down the outside shot and Thomas is a raw 6-foot-10 forward.
Louisville’s talent is undeniable. Before the Pitino fallout, the Cards were potentially a top-five team. U of L’s success will bank on Padgett’s ability to learn on the fly as a first-time head coach.
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Mahmoud standing steady amid whirlwind
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Anas Mahmoud raises eyebrows just about everywhere he goes, as seven-footers typically do. This preseason though, Mahmoud raised eyebrows for an unusual reason. The mild-mannered senior from Cairo, Egypt made headlines at ACC Media Day for comments he made. “Practice is a lot more fun, a lot more relaxed,” under interim head coach David Padgett. With the off-court issues that have surrounded Louisville, the comment was a blip on the basketball radar. Once the exhibition season began, Mahmoud began making headlines for his play on the court. In the two exhibtions, Mahmoud totaled 29 points, 16 preseason and seven blocks. Even after filling the stat sheet, Mahmoud was quick to deflect praise. “We, as a team, play unselfish,” Mahmoud said. “Every time I was in the post and asked for the ball they delivered it to me. It’s not so much me personally making the move, it’s the other team being worried about how well we shoot the ball.” That leadership is key. For weeks, it seemed the basketball world revolved
around Grawemeyer Hall and the Yum! Center practice facility, for the wrong reasons. “Basketball is our outlet, and that’s what we need,” Mahmoud said. Mahmoud and the upperclassmen have been through this sort of controversy before with the 2016 self-imposed postseason ban. “We kind of dealt with it a couple of years ago, me and (Quentin Snider) and a little bit (Deng Adel),” Mahmoud said. “It definitely molded us.” While practices under Padgett are more relaxed, the coaching change might mean more attention, and criticism, for Mahmoud. Padgett, a Louisville alumus, played center for Pitino from 2005-08. Padgett holds Mahmoud to a higher standard because he too played center. In the exhibition game against, Mahmoud was late on a backdoor cut. Luckily for Mahmoud, Padgett spared him. “(Padgett) didn’t yell actually,” Mahmoud said. “He knew that I knew what he was going say, so he just didn’t do it.” That sort of understanding only comes with experience, and it’s Mahmoud’s seasoned leadership that will be key for this team in what has already been a whirlwind year.
Carter comes back with improved IQ MICAH BROWN
Women's basketball coach Jeff Walz says a team can be successful if they have certain pieces. "If you've got three scorers, you're a really good team. If you can get four, you're very good. And if you get five, you've got a chance to compete for a championship," Walz said. Redshirt junior Arica Carter might be that viable scoring threat for the Cardinals. In her freshman year, Carter wasted no time getting involved with Walz's game plan, finishing fifth on the team in assists and steals. As a sophomore, Carter averaged 4.1 points per game and 2.3 rebounds per game, hitting 41 percent of her threepoint attempts. Carter flashed what she could be in a game against No. 19 South Florida, finishing with 15 points on 6-of9 shooting.
An offensive initiator, Carter's role didn't get to expand as a junior. A sports hernia sidelined her for the entirety of 2016-17. Thought to be a multi-week issue at first, trainers soon discovered nothing they did could alleviate her pain. Surgery was the only option. While discouraging, Carter embraced the situation with overwhelming optimism. Unable to perform on the court, Carter spent her junior season coaching her team along with Walz. "It helped me because I can watch the game," Carter said. "I can learn from the game. Being able as a point guard to see what our team needs, what we're missing, the things we can fix and be able to watch it like a coach, actually has helped me learn the game more." With Carter’s added knowledge, the Cardinals could have an established scorer off the bench in their redshirt junior.
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Hines-Allen and Durr swell expectations for women’s basketball
Preseason All-ACC senior Myisha Hines-Allen.
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Preseason ACC Player of the Year Asia Dur.
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Another year, another preseason ranking. Starting the season in the Top 25 is a reoccurring theme for women’s basketball coach Jeff Walz as his squad starts 2017-18 at No. 9. Entering his 11th season, Walz wants to see development from role players. “I’m looking forward to seeing a few players improve. They’ve done really well in practice, now I’m looking for them put that into a game,” Walz said.
The Cardinals are led by senior Myisha Hines-Allen and junior Asia Durr. The two are one of the nation’s most dangerous duos. Hines-Allen took a dip in scoring production during her junior year – 17.6 points in 2015-16 to 13.9 2016-17. The drop can be attributed to two reasons: Expanding her game away from the post and the emergence of Durr. By taking more outside shots, HinesAllen’s field goal percentage went from 54 percent as a sophomore to 49 percent
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percent of three pointers. Improved conditioning could carve a starting spot out for the sophomore. Jazmine Jones is another sophomore that will be heavily relied on. Jones will take Moore’s position, but is much a different player. An athletic and attacking wing, Jones’ defense could be a game changer – a role she accepts. “I can be a more forceful impact on defense. I can use my athleticism to get steals and easy buckets,” Jones said. Jones says her game has changed because of her conditioning, allowing her to play more free. Sophomore Sydney Zambrotta can provide a 3-point threat off the bench, if she can stay consistent. While confidence may have waivered last year, Walz tells Zambrotta to battle through. “(Walz) always tells me to keep shooting in practice and get my rhythm threes,” Zambrotta said. “He always expects me to stay loud and keep talking to my teammates.” Freshman Dana Evans will be expected to play a lot this year to help fill out the back court. Walz thinks she will be one of the team’s best defenders. “Dana Evans has really looked great. She changes the game at the defensive end of the floor,” Walz said. “She’s really good on the ball, she anticipates extremely well … she gets a lot of deflections.” A five-star, Evans was the ninthranked recruit by ESPN. Named to the Preseason ACC Newcomer Watch List, Evans is fifth all-time in Indiana high school history with 2,832 points. The Cardinals started the season with a home win over Southeast Missouri and an overtime victory over No. 5 Ohio State. Pegged second in the ACC, Louisville has all the makings to have a deep postseason run.
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Star power: Myisha Hines-Allen and Asia Durr
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Coming off a Sweet 16 appearance in 2016, Louisville women’s basketball was tabbed ninth in the preseason rankings. Add the fourth-ranked recruiting class to an already-solid lineup featuring two of the nation’s premier players and the Cards are expected to make another postseason run under coach Jeff Walz. All-ACC senior Myisha Hines-Allen will be a major factor in 2017-18. The Montclair, New Jersey native has collected numerous accolades during her time at the university and is a cornerstone of the offense. ESPNW released their list of the Top 25 players in the country and Hines-Allen came in at No. 24. “Hines-Allen has established herself as one of the best multi-dimensional, offensive power forwards in the game,” Charlie Creme of ESPNW said. As a sophomore, she was named ACC Player of the Year, averaging 17.6 points on 54.7 percent shooting and 8.4 rebounds. Her offense took a dip last sea-
son, averaging 13.9 points as teams began to game planned around her. Becoming more efficient from midrange is Hines-Allen’s next step as a player. With Hines-Allen’s scoring prowess, in addition to the development of Sam Fuehring and Kylee Shook, the Cardinals can work the ball into the interior to Hines-Allen, setting up an inside-out offense.
Despite Hines-Allen’s immense talent, it was an uphill battle for Walz to get 100 percent effort from Hines-Allen day-in and day-out. Walz calls her transformation from freshman to senior year amazing. “It was a battle her freshman year for her to play hard all the time,” Walz said. “It’s her senior year. You’ve got to get it done now. She’s in the best shape since she’s been here. So, we’re hoping she can
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College students spend their summers in any number of ways: Internships, traveling abroad or honing a certain skill. All of these options broaden horizons, etcetcetc This summer, women’s basketball junior Asia Durr did all three by being apart of the U23 USA National Women’s Basketball team. Coached by Louisville’s Jeff Walz, the team won the Four Nations Tournament in Japan. “It was a great experience,” Durr said. “Especially to be playing with some of the best players in college basketball.” The roster included AP Preseason Ohio State’s All-American Kelsey Mitchell, as well as Baylor’s Kalani Brown and UCLA’s Jordin Canada, both of whom also received All-American votes. “That’s what I was excited about, to compete against them and play with those girls,” Durr said. “To travel across the world, it was a great experience. It was so much fun.” Durr led the USA in scoring in the Four Nations Tournament, averaging 12.3 points per game. She scored a teamhigh 16 points in the final game over Japan. “I thought (Durr) did a really nice job,” Walz said. “Our last game against Japan,
I told her, I thought she looked the best that we had played the entire time.” Despite competing on the same team as Mitchell, Brown and Canada, Durr did not receive any votes from the AP for the Preseason All-American team. Named Preseason ACC Player of the Year, Durr was one of six players from across the country to participate in Women’s Basketball National Media Day in Connecticut. She was also named to the preseason watch list for the Ann Myers Drysdale Award, given annually to the best shoot-
ing guard in Division I women’s basketball.Coming off of a strong sophomore campaign, the recognition for Durr is deserved. At 19.2 points per game in 2016-17, Durr led the Cardinals in scoring on their way to a Sweet 16 in the NCAA Tournament. Her four 30-point games led the ACC, including a career-best 36-point effort against Syracuse. which tied for the ninth-highest scoring game by a player in the program history. Still, Durr is always trying to push her game in a new direction, and she spent her summer trying to round out her
carry that over to the start of the season.” One area of improvement for HinesAllen is her consistency. Slow starts have become a common occurrence only to pick up and reach All-ACC form midway through the season. “She’s got to come prepared when the season starts,” Walz said. “It’s not ‘let’s get a feel for things.’ No, she’s a senior now. She knows what to expect. She knows what’s coming. She can’t wait until we’re 10 to 12 games in.” The team will look to Hines-Allen for leadership as the only senior, something she is aware of. “I know what to expect. I know to never get too high, never get too low,” Hines-Allen said. “I know how to push my teammates because I’ve been in everyone’s shoes already.” Hines-Allen says two of the biggest non-conference games U of L has is fifth-ranked Ohio State and top-ranked UConn. While she hasn’t played against the 11-time national champion Huskies, Hines-Allen knows Walz will have them prepared. “Coach Walz already knows the team and is familiar with (UConn) because he has played them in the Big East and AAC,” Hines-Allen said.
game. “I’ve been trying to watch some film, focus on rebounding more and getting in shape more,” Durr said. “I’ve been in the weight room with our strength coach, trying to push some weight and get stronger.” After Louisville’s season-opening win over Southeast Missouri St., Walz said that he expects teams to “beat up” on Durr, so adding strength was a priority in Durr’s busy off-season. “Coach Walz called me weak last year,” Durr said. “And I didn’t like it.” One skill that doesn’t require any work is Durr’s shooting stroke. A career 39 percent 3-point shooter, the lefty holds the school record for most consecutive games with a made three, at 40 and counting. She ranked second in the nation in 3-pointers made last season with 119. Walz has expressed concern, though, that Durr relies on her scoring ability too much, and he wants her to get her teammates more involved. “She scores the basketball extremely well,” Walz said. “Now it’s going to be, ‘Can you get your teammates involved?’” Walz announced that he has challenged Durr to reach the 100 assist mark for the season. With 107 career assists entering this season, that might be a tall task. Walz says, though, that Durr has the work ethic to make it happen. “She’s an extremely hard worker,” Walz said. “She’s in the gym first and leaves last.”
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Cover athletes: Quentin Snider and Deng Adel SNIDER
In an offseason full of allegations and investigations, it was hard to tell what was in store for the 2017-18 men’s basketball team. One player worthy of support is Louisville’s own Quentin Snider. Ballard High School’s all-time leading scorer committed to U of L as a high school freshman. The 6-foot-2 point guard embodies everything fans want to see in a player: passion for the game, a love for the city and leadership skills that will have a lasting effect on the team’s newcomers. Dating back his first year at U of L, Snider has been no stranger to highpressure situations. When point guard Chris Jones was dismissed from the team in February 2015, former coach Rick Pitino turned to the freshman back-up to lead the team for the remainder of the season. In the first-round game of the 2015 NCAA tournament, Louisville struggled with UC-Irvine. Tied with 8.9 seconds remaining, Snider sunk two free throws to seal the postseason victory.
Nearly making the Final Four, Snider gained immeasurable experience as a freshman. With two years of experience under his belt, last season the junior point guard was poised to lead his team to the coveted
Final Four. During the off-season, Snider improved on his 3-point shooting ability, which translated to a 47.6 percent three point percentage in ACC play. All the hard work Snider put into his game during the offseason was put on
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With the loss of leading scorer Donovan Mitchell, men’s basketball must replace its top scorer. Not only was Mitchell the leading scorer, but the ball went through his hands every possession. Luckily for Louisville, they can turn to star junior Deng Adel to replace Mitchell’s production. The 2017-18 tri-captain will navigate U of L through an uncertain season. The status of captain doesn’t change much for Adel. “I come into the gym every day with the same attitude: To get better,” Adel said. “A lot of the younger guys follow me. No matter what happens, when you get in the gym, that’s your gateway.” Adel said he has looked to past players such as a Mitchell and Mangok Mathiang for words of wisdom on a leadership role. The junior returns after testing the NBA Draft waters this spring and getting feedback from a host of NBA teams. Projected as second round pick, NBA scouts considered Adel as a quality player with adequate rebounding and scoring ability. The negatives included his lack
of ability to score off the dribble and ball handling. Ultimately, according to Adel, he chose to return because he didn’t want to rush his decision. The goal for Adel is to become a first round pick. “I want to have more consistency on my jump shot,” Adel said. “I want to have the same approach and same productivity every night. I want to lead this team.” As a junior, Adel will be the go-to player for the Cardinals on both sides of
the court. By becoming the go-to guy, Adel will have the opportunity to prove if he’s the first round draft pick he strives to be. In the past two seasons, Adel has dazzled fans with elite athleticism, an ability to relentlessly drive the lane and the skills to be a force on both ends of the court. While it comes off as easy now, that wasn’t always the case for the wiry 6-foot-7 forward. Coming into Louisville, Adel was seen
display as the Cardinals hosted arch-rival Kentucky. With all the hype and national coverage that comes with the rivalry game, Snider showed no signs of nerves. He played the best game of his season, posting 22 points to go along with five assists and six rebounds, as he led Louisville to a 73-70 victory over their rival. The game served as a glimpse as to how formidable the team was, and how poised they appeared to make a Final Four run in the postseason. Fast forward to the NCAA tournament, the Cardinals ran into a red-hot Michigan team. Eventually falling against the Wolverines, Snider had his poorest performance of his career, going 0-for-9 from the field with no points. Despite what has taken place at U of L this offseason, Snider has made it clear that he is ready for the season to get underway. “We still got the same team,” Snider said. “I’m ready for this season ... I’m just trying to make a statement for this last year, trying to go to the Final Four. We definitely have the team for it.” While there is so much uncertainty and angst surrounding the program, senior leadership is vital. For Louisville, that leadership comes from someone who grew up right in its backyard.
as an elite perimeter defender and a project on the offensive side of the court. Following a stellar end to his injuryladen freshman season, the sky seemed like the limit for Adel entering 2016-17. The team maintained a top 15 ranking for most of the season, enjoying signature wins on the way to earning a two seed in the NCAA Tournament. Adel shined late in last season’s campaign. The Cards’ most consistent scorer in the final six games averaging 16.3 points and 4.2 rebounds and shooting 53.8 percent from the field, including 40.9 percent from 3-point range. Heading into 2017-18, Adel’s ballhandling and offensive consistency must improve to keep the Cardinals afloat. Adel won’t be asked too much to initiate the offensive thanks to senior point guard Quentin Snider, but Adel’s ability to secure the ball has been an issue since his arrival. Consistency has been prevalent throughout his previous two seasons. Hitting shooting slumps has been hallmark of his game, but being the go-to guy this season may eliminate that. This team will go as far as Deng Adel pushes them. As Adel hopes to follow in the footsteps of former Cardinals like Terry Rozier and Mitchell. The path looks promising for the 2017-18 men’s basketball captain.
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Jazmine Jones is true X-factor for women’s basketball
Nwora adds shooting ability off the bench MATT BRADSHAW @BRADMATT8
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As the 2017-18 basketball season tips off, women’s basketball team must fill voids from last season. Replacing graduated ball-handlers Briahanna Jackson and Taylor Johnson and transferred forward Mariya Moore will be a touch-and-go situation early on. Enter sophomore Jazmine Jones. The 6-foot wing, who appeared in all 37 games, was a spark plug off the bench for the 2016-17 team. Jones’ ability to create off the dribble and to be a slasher were evident throughout the season. In her 20 minuts a game, Jones averaged 4.5 points. Her most notable performance of the season came in the first round of the NCAA tournament, notching 14 points on seven-of-eight shots. Coach Jeff Walz expects a jump in production from Jones this season. “(Jones) has worked on her ball-handling, her passing, her shooting. She looks like the kind of player that we anticipated when we recruited her,” Walz said.
Coming into Louisville, Jones was a highly coveted prospect from Tallahassee, Florida where she led her high school team to three straight 2-A State Championships. A two-time All-Big Bend Player of the Year in Florida, Jones was Florida’s Gatorade Player of the Year for girls’ basketball in 2015-16. Not to be overshadowed by Jones’ offensive ability, her defensive prowess may be her calling card. With speed and quick hands, Jones should be able to defend the opposing team’s best perimeter player. Jones also has the ability to crash the defensive glass. She gobbled up 67 defensive boards, averaging 2.6 per game. Jones will not have to bear the brunt of the load as the team’s pillars are Myisha Hines-Allen and Asia Durr. Even so, it’s pivotal that Jones makes the ever so elusive sophomore leap. Whether it be entering the starting line-up or reprising her role as an energy player off the bench, Jones will be a contributing force for the 2017-18 women’s basketball team.
Nwora is pronounced WOR-uh, with a silent “n.” Cardinal fans should want to make this distinction, as freshman Jordan Nwora has the potential to be a key contributor to the men’s basketball team this year. Nwora hails from Buffalo, New York, where basketball runs in the family. His father, Alex, has been the head men’s basketball coach at Erie Community College in Buffalo since 1999. Even though Nwora is the son of a coach, he has quickly learned the difference between high school and college ball. “Everyone here is good. You can’t take any plays off or they’ll embarrass you. Playing with guys like Ray (Spalding), VJ (King), Anas (Mahmoud), (Quentin Snider), they’ll humble you real fast,” Nwora said. As a junior in high school, Nwora averaged 23 points, 6.9 rebounds and 42
percent from the three in helping The Park School to a 23-3 record and its first state championship. In addition to The Park School in Buffalo, Nwora also attended and played basketball for Vermont Academy in Saxtons River, Vermont. As a senior, Nwora scored over 500 points and averaged 18.7 points and 5.3 rebounds per game. ESPN ranked the 6-foot-8 freshman No. 54 due to his scoring ability and versatility. With his height and a 215-pound frame, the New Yorker can be a vital asset off the bench for the Cardinals this year. Jordan exhibited his potential in Louisville’s final exhibition game versus Bellarmine. In the first half, Nwora tallied eight points and eight rebounds. Being from the northeast, Nwora has a certain game on his mind “I’m from Buffalo and Syracuse is right around the corner,” said Nwora. “I’m excited to play against them.”
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