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September 11, 2014Basketball

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September 11, 2014 Louisville, KY. (Analyzed Sports)

Is 2015 The Next Big Year For the Cardinals?

The year 2013 was one of the best years ever for the University of Louisville athletic program as it enjoyed great success in four major sports. In January the Cardinals football team shocked the world as they dominated the Florida Gators to win the 2013 BCS Sugar Bowl. A few months later in April the men’s basketball team would win U of L’s third NCAA Championship, as they beat the highly talented Michigan Wolverines.  The U of L women’s basketball team would upset the number one overall seed Baylor Bears on their way to the NCAA Women’s National Championship game. The U of L baseball team would beat Vanderbilt to go to the College World Series.  Lastly, U of L was accepted into the Atlantic Coast Conference.  There’s no way that U of L athletics can top a year like that again right?

Well the answer to that question may be yes! U of L continues to get great recruits from year to year in all of its sports programs. With the combination of head coaches like Rick Pitino, Bobby Petrino, Jeff Walz, and Dan McDonnell it doesn’t look like U of L athletics will be falling off anytime soon. The move to the ACC  has definitely helped the Cardinals in recruiting especially in basketball.

Louisville’s Bright Future

Just last Thursday U of L men’s basketball got the 2nd best high school shooting guard in the class of 2015, Antonio Blakeney. Blakeney, who attends Oak Ridge High School in Florida, averaged nearly 25 points, 3 assists, and 5 rebounds per game last season. He tweeted out last Thursday night that he would be joining fellow U of L recruits Raymond Spalding, and Donovan Mitchell to play for the Cardinals.

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Asia Durr on her signing day with U of L.

Not to be outdone, the U of L women’s basketball team got the top girl’s high school basketball player in the class of 2015, Asia Durr. According to ESPN Durr has a scout grade of 98 and is the best point guard in her class. Durr, who standing at 5 ft. 10, averaged nearly 24 points and 7 rebounds per game last season for St. Plus X High School in Atlanta, Georgia. Durr would turn to Instagram to let Cards fans know she would be coming to Louisville.

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Antonio Blakeney (left) and  Asia Durr (right).

So with this latest news about U of L athletics its safe to say the Cardinals will be a site to see in 2015. Durr and Blakeney have already gained a lot of support and respect from Cards fans on social media sites. Once the 2015 season gets here the support for the two will only increase. As for football and basketball, don’t be surprised if Louisville lands more top recruits in those sports in the future as well. The question that arises now is, will 2015 be the next big year for Louisville Athletics?

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