GORGUI IS ‘BEASTLY’
Peyton Siva, Gorgui Dieng and Wayne Blackshear have all been in Long Beach, Calif., this week participating in the adidasNations event.
The event features some of the top high school players in the country competing, while there are also top college players participating as counselors. The college kids not only run through drills and skill sessions but also do scrimmage.
All three have drawn solid reviews from folks at the event.
In one game on Saturday, Siva had 17 points and seven assists, while Dieng chipped in nine points and nine rebounds.
NBADraft.net raved about the play of Dieng and said he has “the most improve body” of any of the college counselors at the event.
The website went on to say: “Louisville is known for bulking up players in the weight room and after two full years plus a summer, Dieng's body has officially become "beastly". His shoulders are showing a lot of strength and he's also making excellent basketball plays. Louisville developing first-rounder’s? Surprise, surprise.”
The trio will return home on Monday.
SIVA, SMITH GETTING STRONGER
U of L coach Rick Pitino said in a recent interview with Cardinal Authority that guard Russ Smith was getting bigger in the weight room.
And Siva added that was true, noting “Russ is big.”
“He’s a lot stronger than people think,” Siva said. “That’s one dude I love to be around because of his competitive edge. We compete every day in the weight room. Who can lift and try to out lift everybody on the team.”
Siva said that actually goes pretty good for the two guards.
“So, far we’ve succeeded with everybody except Stephan Van Treese,” Siva said. “He’s crazy strong but I think we’ll catch up to him soon.”
Siva said the biggest upset was the day the two guards out lifted Chane Behanan.
“We probably caught him on a bad day,” Siva said with a laugh. “We tease him about it every day. It's like beating your dad in one-on-one in a backyard game. You're going to tease him every day about it, but you're not going to play him again.
“He’s a lot stronger, but me and Russ joke around a lot about it.”
CARDS SET TO PLAY SAMFORD
Lost in the release of the schedule for the Battle4Atlantis event last week was the fact that U of L will play a home game in the event before heading to the Bahamas.
The Cardinals will play host to Samford on Nov. 15 in the KFC Yum! Center before heading to the Bahamas for the eight-team event Nov. 22-24.
Six of the eight teams that will compete in the Bahamas have been ranked in early preseason polls, including U of L, Duke, Memphis, Missouri, Minnesota and VCU.
The complete non-conference schedule is expected sometime this month.
TICKETS FOR WKU GAME AVAILABLE
Louisville will play Western Kentucky on Dec. 22 at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn., and tickets are now available.
Tickets are $35 for lower level seats and $20 for upper level seats. For information call the U of L ticket office (502) 851-5151 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.