U of L basketball: Weekly notebook

Rick Pitino

Here's a look at a few notebook items surrounding the Louisville men's basketball program. Cardinal Authority will provide a weekly notebook of basketball items on Wednesday's during the offseason.

THREE SET TO ENROLL NEXT WEEK

The University of Louisville basketball program is expected to get three new players enrolled early next week.

Three of the six players signed in the Class of 2014 are supposed to graduate high school or prep school this week and will enroll in the first summer session at U of L.

Ballard point guard Quentin Snider will be one of those players, according to his family. Snider is the reigning Mr. Basketball in Kentucky and will be in the rotation for point guard next season with the Cardinals.

Upper Marlboro, Md., Riverdale Baptist big man Chinanu Onuaku is also expected to enroll next week, along with Egyptian Anas Mahmoud, who went to school at West Oaks Academy in Orlando

Onuaku is a 6-foot-10, 240-pounf center, while Mahmoud is a 7-foot, 210-pound forward. Both are expected to be frontline help for the Cardinals in the first season in the ACC.

U of L coach Rick Pitino said last month he wasn't certain at the time how many freshmen he would get in during this time because of several school systems making up snow days.

But having three in will be a boost for the Cardinals, with the players allowed to work out with the team - including June practices - once they are enrolled in school.

Matz Stockman, Jaylen Johnson and Shaqquan Aaron will all enroll in July.

CURRENT PLAYERS ALSO RETURNING

Current members of the U of L roster are also expected to be back on campus later this week and early next week.

Pitino is expected back in town next week and the Cardinals will begin the practices that are allowed under NCAA rules the week after next.

Pitino and his staff can't be back on the road recruiting again until early July.

PITINO DOESN'T WANT RUN TO STOP

In the last meeting with the local media, Pitino said he wants to keep the "Louisville First" attitude going next season.

In fact, the Hall of Fame coach said that attitude would be the biggest thing for this team - making sure they stay hungry.

"Look, we don't want to stop this run we're on," he said. "I had this run once before and I don't want it to stop."

ONUAKU CAN'T WAIT TO RETURN

After playing in the Derby Classic last month, Onuaku said he was excited to get back to town to start his college career.

He played in the game with Snider and Johnson and saw some of his future teammates.

"I had a lot of real fun hanging out playing with them," Onuaku said. "They are my brothers now. I can't wait and I am ready.

"I know it's going to be a challenge and I am ready to take the next step."

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