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Why did Antonio Blakeney really decommit from Louisville?

Late last night, news broke that Antonio Blakeney has reopened his recruitment after committing to Louisville eleven days ago. This led to a meltdown in the Card Nation on Twitter and rumors swirled as to why Blakeney decommitted, with 247 Sports’ Jerry Meyer tweeting it was “shoe company related.” Blakeney’s high school coach Alex Jackson spoke to the Courier-Journal’s Steve Jones this morning and denied that shoe companies had anything to do with it, and Blakeney simply told him he wanted to take more visits and felt he had rushed his decision. The shoe company argument in recruiting has lost a lot of steam recently, as several top prospects, like the Harrison Twins and Andrew Wiggins, have gone against their “shoe allegiance” when picking colleges, but it’s a convenient excuse for Blakeney decommitting from Louisville, right?

Meyer is also reporting that Blakeney will take official visits to Kentucky, LSU, Oregon, and Missouri. Another interesting wrinkle in the story happened Sunday, when Malik Newman and Blakeney spoke via phone. Newman denies this had anything to do with Blakeney’s decommitment, but the two are close and Newman is one of  UK’s top targets in 2015. However, Blakeney is also close with Ben Simmons, the number one player in the class who is currently committed to LSU. He’s considered the third best shooting guard in the country, and Cal’s currently laying the groundwork for the 2015 class, so stay tuned…

Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

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46 Comments for Why did Antonio Blakeney really decommit from Louisville?



  1. Dubbya
    10:35 am September 16, 2014 Permalink

    He probably got a look at the fans. I wouldn’t want to be associated with them.



  2. L1C6
    10:40 am September 16, 2014 Permalink

    Why did he decommit from Louisville? Bc it’s Louisville. It’s that simple.



  3. Kevin Ware
    10:42 am September 16, 2014 Permalink

    He probably never committed to begin with. His account was hacked. It happens.



  4. Jonny Bird
    10:56 am September 16, 2014 Permalink

    I blame President George Bush and global warming



    • Beavis
      11:27 am September 16, 2014 Permalink

      Classic



    • Trailer Park Country
      10:36 am September 17, 2014 Permalink

      I blame your mom for marrying her uncle.



  5. UKfqninLou
    10:57 am September 16, 2014 Permalink

    He probably took a look around the NBA or even Team USA…..



  6. lexslamman
    11:02 am September 16, 2014 Permalink

    He probably didn’t want to buy all the antibiotics necessary after sleeping with UofL girls.



  7. Nate
    11:07 am September 16, 2014 Permalink

    Why? Here’s Why.

    If he goes to Louisville he will get scabies
    He heard that their fans bite, & they carry rabies.



  8. Matt Jones
    11:09 am September 16, 2014 Permalink

    Because Pitino does not pay his players like Cal does. Although I don’t blame him, I’d probably do the same thing — even if it meant having to live in Lexghanistan.



    • Jughead
      11:15 am September 16, 2014 Permalink

      Yawn.



    • WhoopsieDoosie
      11:16 am September 16, 2014 Permalink

      If that isn’t the pot calling the kettle black. Stupid stupid.



    • WhoopsieDoosie
      11:17 am September 16, 2014 Permalink

      Stupid is as stupid does.



    • Beavis
      11:29 am September 16, 2014 Permalink

      Mr Jones,,,,we are waiting for the proof. Oh,,,,don’t have any proof ? Didn’t think you could provide any.



    • CardTard
      11:35 am September 16, 2014 Permalink

      Lexghanistan, wow, now that right there is a grade A insult. He really got us there. How will we ever come back from that one? Game over, Matt Jones wins. (he’s probably too dumb to realize this is sarcasm)



    • Matt Jones
      12:03 pm September 16, 2014 Permalink

      You are right, I’m too dumb for that. And I guess it’s just a coincidence that all of the schools on Blakeney’s list are Nike schools. Ask Anthony Davis and his Nike shoeboxes full of cash whether Cal pays players.



    • ukjaybrat
      12:09 pm September 16, 2014 Permalink

      matt, he already said you win, why do you feel that you need to defend yourself further ?



    • L1C6
      12:17 pm September 16, 2014 Permalink

      I just called AD and asked about those shoe boxes full of cash like you told us to. He said that cash actually came from Clint Hurtt acting on behalf of Pitino but he still turned yall down. He said thanks for the cash tho.



    • itzbadandy
      12:35 pm September 16, 2014 Permalink

      FAIL



    • BlueRedNeck
      1:03 pm September 16, 2014 Permalink

      Are you supposed to be the Matt Jones who plays football for Florida? If so, how much did you all have to pay that ref to swallow his whistle?

      See, this game is so easy to play, even a UL fan can do it!



    • Trailer Park Country
      10:37 am September 17, 2014 Permalink

      Lexington is nothing more than a glorified college town. Without the residents of Louisville paying ~60% of Kentucky’s taxes, that dump wouldn’t even exist. Bowling Green is nicer than Lexington.



  9. AgeOldQuestion
    11:33 am September 16, 2014 Permalink

    For the same reason the chicken crossed the road…. To get the hell away from Louisville.



  10. Catfan
    11:34 am September 16, 2014 Permalink

    Well, who doesn’t decommit from Louisville? Ask Trey Lyles, Marquis Teague, etc



    • Jordan
      1:19 pm September 16, 2014 Permalink

      Those guys didn’t even bother committing. Took UL for a ride then chose to take the path of rightousness, which is BBN



  11. Nancy Doyle
    11:35 am September 16, 2014 Permalink

    Come on people. Maybe the kid did feel he committed too early. He may decide not to go to either team, if he does, so be it. Some of these comments show the mentality of fans from both teams, Grow up! Surely you can praise your team without degrading the other. Cal does NOT pay his players and if you can prove it, do it, or be quiet. U of L girls carry no more diseases than U of K girls . Actually neither one of them probably are carrying anymore than anyone else. And the “virtues’ of Pitino are nothing to brag about. As far as living in Lexington or Louisville, neither is” paradise” Now whatever team is yours, root for them, praise them and stop the silly nonsense.



    • Lol
      11:37 am September 16, 2014 Permalink

      Who let mom in? Always trying to keep the peace between big and little bros.



    • MT
      12:03 pm September 16, 2014 Permalink

      yawn.



    • BTI's Dad
      12:23 pm September 16, 2014 Permalink

      Nancy, Lexington is paradise compared to Louisville. No, I can’t praise my team without degrading UL…sorry just can’t happen. No, I’m not going to grow up….I’m on here so I can say mean hateful things without facing any repercussions.
      So shut your pie hole and get back in the kitchen and make me a sandwich!



    • arlo
      12:41 pm September 16, 2014 Permalink

      damn, negative nancy, theres nothing wrong with degradation of lil brother. they like it. thats what they’re for.



    • Nancy Doyle
      12:49 pm September 16, 2014 Permalink

      BTI’s Dad, your mayonnaise sammich is ready. I also made you a tampon sammich. Enjoy, pig.



    • BlueRedNeck
      1:05 pm September 16, 2014 Permalink

      BTI’s Dad, you should have told her to hold the condom-ments.



    • ummm
      1:58 pm September 16, 2014 Permalink

      clearly, nancy, you are not a regular here or you would have gotten the joke.



    • Nancy Doyle
      2:23 pm September 16, 2014 Permalink

      Ummm… I’m not new here, I did get the joke. I just didn’t think it was funny. (it comes from all the guy commentors telling TT to make them a sammich). And for the record, I’m not even Nancy Doyle, just an imposter who wanted to serve up a tampon sammich.



    • Nan
      9:03 pm September 16, 2014 Permalink

      Why is the one telling everyone to grow up acting like a dork?



  12. Uk sucks
    11:39 am September 16, 2014 Permalink

    It’s because Cal made a quick run to the ATM!



    • That's original
      11:53 am September 16, 2014 Permalink

      Snore. Please come back when you have original material.



  13. UKBlue
    12:21 pm September 16, 2014 Permalink

    Looking at his list of schools, besides UK why in the world would you want to play basketball at Oregon, Miss, or LSU?



    • Reality
      1:01 pm September 16, 2014 Permalink

      To be the star of the show, same reason Wiggins didn’t end up at UK.



  14. St Ronnie was a moron
    1:04 pm September 16, 2014 Permalink

    Everyone should go read all the conspiracy theories on Card Chronicle, most involving Nike and Cal.
    It is quite amazing how paranoid the Card Nation (county) actually is,
    It must be part of that little brother syndrome



    • ukjaybrat
      1:42 pm September 16, 2014 Permalink

      i wish i could, but i can’t get sbnation comments to load on ie, ff, or chrome on my work computer…



  15. MYER LANSKY
    1:13 pm September 16, 2014 Permalink

    He is headed to China with Mudiay…I hear the Asian shoe market is really lucrative for 18 year olds. There is also a chance he has a penchant for the Asian variety – if you know what I mean.



  16. Reality
    1:58 pm September 16, 2014 Permalink

    If he’s legitimately worried about getting an education, he did the right thing by decommitting from the academically worst school on his list (according to the 2014-15 US News and World Report rankings).

    Louisville – #161
    Kentucky – #129 (tied)
    LSU – #129 (tied)
    Oregon – #106
    Mizzou – #99



    • Trailer Park Country
      10:33 am September 17, 2014 Permalink

      Wow, 129th, that’s impressive.

      Maybe you should focusing on finishing your G.E.D., and moving out of your mom’s trailer, first.



  17. Balls McGee
    6:28 pm September 16, 2014 Permalink

    College basketball recruiting is very dirty, worse than football.



  18. Mark Mallison
    11:58 pm September 16, 2014 Permalink

    Well, he is only 17 or 18 years old and I’m sure like most teens he is just not sure what he wants to do. Simmons commits to LSU and maybe Newman is leaning to UK. Why would you not want to play with another great baller you have a relationship with?



  19. Cats suck
    10:11 pm September 17, 2014 Permalink

    UK fans and KSR are stupid hick retards that suck off their one and dones.