By Brandon ‘Scoop B’ Robinson
With college basketball ramping up to the next level with conference play beginning this week, one team that will not be present in the post-season will be the University of Louisville, thanks to the school’s self-imposed post-season ban.
The Cardinals lost their season finale 68-46 on Saturday and before their last game, senior Damion Lee scribbled his thoughts on paper by bidding a farewell to his alma mater in the form of a rap song. His track, titled “For The Ville,” credits Louisville for giving him a place to call his own and make an adjustment from a smaller school to a bigger school.
“I’m thankful for basketball for taking me to these places,” he said in one of his bars.
His song borrows the instrumentals of 90’s hip hop group, Luniz’s and their “I Got 5 On It” song. The 6’6 small forward delves into his appreciation for everything Louisville, Kentucky.
So how’d he do?
“I think he did okay,”said producer Jonathan Hay, who produced Johnny College, a song performed by Chaz Ultra, Kxng Crooked & Greyson and Jasun off the The Urban Hitchcock LP.
“To see Louisville get tarnished by a sex scandal is so disgusting and it breaks my heart, and that’s what inspired Johnny College. Louisville just got destroyed by Virginia — Louisville is a team that could go to the Final Four or lose in the first or second round. Whereas next year’s team could go all the way with what we have coming out. So what they did was not for jeopardize next year’s champion contender and recruiting class for this team. Damion Lee and Trey Lewis got screwed by the politics of college basketball business. It’s sad.”
A redshirt super senior who transferred out of Drexel, Lee averaged 18 points at the midpoint of the Cardinals’ season right before ACC play began. He finished the season averaging a shade under 16 points on the season, while stringing together a few 20-point games. He’s a potential sleeper in the 2016 NBA Draft and his ability to get to the basket was a beauty to watch throughout the course of the season for the 23-8 Cardinals. An All-ACC third-team honoree, Lee was 10th in the ACC in scoring, 5th in the ACC in steals (1.5 per game) and shot 84.3 percent from the free throw line.
What makes his profile interesting, according to CBS Sports’ Sam Vecenie, is that in the past 20 seasons of college hoops, only four players have pulled off a 50/40/90 season while averaging 18 points.
If he does not have a career in basketball, he surely has a talent in rhyming. His move from checking opponents on the court to mic checking folks in the studio doesn’t seem to be a publicity stunt either. Lee told members of the press during media day at the beginning of the season that he’d drop a mixtape with 12-14 tracks sometime this year.
Brandon Robinson is a sports and entertainment writer and TV personality. You can catch him daily on CBS Radio Play.it’s Brown and Scoop Podcast. Follow him on Twitter @SCOOPB and visit www.ScoopB.com.