Updated Look At Louisville Basketball’s Worldwide Representation

Photo: Chris Humphrey

Five former Louisville Cardinals have made NBA rosters as the 2018-19 season officially tips off on Tuesday night. However, those five aren’t the only former players making a great living playing the game they love.

A total of 26 former Louisville Cardinals are still playing professionally around the world, per RealGM.com and USBasket.com.

Player League(s) Team(s)
Wayne Blackshear Finnish Korisliiga Helsinki Seagulls
Rakeem Buckles French LNB Pro B Lille Metropole Basket Clubs
Earl Clark Montenegrin Prva A Liga Buducnost
Gorgui Dieng NBA Timberwolves
Montrezl Harrell NBA Clippers
Tony Hicks German Pro A Rostock Seawolves
Chris Jones Qatar-D1 Al-Ahli-Sports-Club-Doh
Preston Knowles Italian Serie A2 Basket Bertram Tortona
Kyle Kuric Spanish ACB FC Barcelona Lassa
Damion Lee NBA Warriors
Anas Mahmoud Egypt Super League Al-Zamalek
Mangok Mathiang Italian Lega Basket Serie A Vanoli Cremona
Donovan Mitchell NBA Jazz
Angel Nunez Argentinian Liga A Estudiantes Concordia
Larry O’Bannon Argentinian Liga A Asociacion Deportiva Atenas
Juan Palacios French Jeep Elite Chalon-Sur-Saone
Taqwa Pinero French Jeep Elite Pau-Orthez
Zach Price El Salvador-LIGA MB Santa-Tecla-BC
Terry Rozier NBA Celtics
Samardo Samuels French Jeep Elite CSP Limoges
Peyton Siva German BBL ALBA Berlin
Jerry Smith Greek HEBA A1 Ifestos Limnou
Russ Smith CBA (China) Fujian Sharks
Quentin Snider Portuguese LPB SL Benfica
Edgar Sosa French Jeep Elite BCM Gravelines
Raymond Spalding NBA Mavericks
Kevin Ware Canadian NBL London Lightning

This list will likely grow over the next few weeks.

Former Cards Deng Adel, Chinanu Onuaku and Trey Lewis were among the final cuts in the NBA. I expect all three to either land in the G-League or find work overseas.

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