Terrence Williams No. 11, Earl Clark No. 14

Terrence Williams to the New Jersey Nets, Earl Clark to the Phoenix Suns. The University of Louisville the only team with two lottery picks in the 2009 NBA draft.

As the 11th pick, Williams will earn $1.7  million his first year, according to Hoops World. He will make $1.8 million his second, $1.9 million his third, and he would be eligible for a 32.7% increase in salary the fourth.

As the 14th pick, Clark will be paid $1.4 million his rookie year, $1.5 the second, $1.69 million his third, and be eligible for a 48.1% increase his fourth season.

Blake Griffin, the No. 1 pick, starts out at $4.1 million.

Mixing It Up, Cards Style

Advance_Cement_Truck Advance Ready Mix knows how to customize the cement mixing vehicles for its work on the construction project, scheduled to be completed in November 2010. The same company decorated its trucks in a similar fashion following U of L’s first NCAA basketball championship in 1980.

Addenda: Richard Pitino, Jr. and Ralph Willard

Richard Pitino, Jr. has a little different take than his dad on his decision to leave the University of Louisville basketball team for a similar position at the University of Florida in a Gator Sports report:

Richard Pitino, Jr.
Richard Pitino, Jr.

“Yeah, he likes to make it sound like it was his decision,” the younger Pitino said, then added with emphasis. “I decided to leave.”

The comment was made not to disrespect his father, the only coach in college basketball history to lead three different programs to the Final Four. It was just meant to signify that, though grateful for the opportunities that his dad gave him, the 26-year-old Pitino is his own man with his own vision.

“It was hard because that was probably the first time in my life I had to make a life-changing decision like that,” he said. “Every other move I had made was kind of stepping up and it was a no-brainer. But everyone kind of told me the same thing, do what’s right for you in your career. And I thought it was right for me to get out and learn under another guy.”

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Ralph Willard, the new assistant to Rick Pitino, obviously had a few more issues to consider than just working with his best friend when making his decision to leave Holy Cross, via his blog:

“With this continuity of success has come challenges in scheduling all successful mid-majors face. Two factors have magnified this problem for us. We are in what is considered a low major conference, with only 14 conference games, that requires us to go out and schedule 15 non conference games. We also play a so-called match-up defense, that requires a special preparation, that teams would rather not play against in the non conference schedule. I say so-called match-up, because for the last four years it has basically been a 2-3 zone, that varies slightly with each opponent, and a switching man to man. However the fact that in our four NCAA and one NIT appearance we have been able to largely negate any opponents physical superiority, by causing them to think on offense, the defense has taken on a life of its own.

“This spring we called 131 BCS and mid major schools for games that said no. To be fair, some just didn’t have matching open dates, but the vast majority simply did not want to play against the match-up. When George Blaney, a Holy Cross alum and head coach for 22 years, told me at a charity golf tournament we were both at, that “we (UCONN) will never schedule you”, I guess that crystallizes the problem. It is a perception that creates a reality that I don’t see an answer for. It is untenable going forward.”

Read the rest of Willard’s blog comments here.

Derrick Caracter Update

So how is Derrick Caracter doing these days? Last we heard, the former University of Louisville basketball player had transferred to play for Texas-El Paso and coach Tony Barbee in Conference USA. Here’s the scoop from the Hoop Scoop Blog:

Caracter is still in El Paso after transferring in the middle of last season.

Barbee said that Caracter practiced with the team the second semester and hasn’t been a problem thus far.

“I have a lot of respect for the kid because with all the hype, he could have just packed his bags and gone overseas and made $100,000 or whatever,” Barbee said. “But he doesn’t want to go down that road. He wants to prove everyone wrong.”

Caracter, who has a year and a half of eligibility left, has dropped weight and is down to around 300 pounds. Ultimately, he needs to get down to around 275.

Barbee said he bikes to school from his off-campus apartment every day.

Losing weight again, good to know.