Blackshear Claims Two Early Offers

Wayne Blackshear is one of the best prospects in the 2011 class. We caught up with the Top 10 recruit and discussed his recent play and his recruitment

There aren't many 2011 wings as talented as Wayne Blackshear.

At 6-foot-5, 215-pounds he's already built like a college ready small forward. He has the strength, length and ability to be a future college basketball star.

Heading into this past weekend Blackshear was said to have been having a terrific sophomore campaign. Then he struggled on back-to-back nights, going 4-for-13 against Warren and 3-for-9 against Hales Franciscan in separate one-day showcase events.

But every prospect has their ups and downs and there's no reason to get down on Blackshear. After all, there's a reason he's ranked No. 8 in our most recent 2011 rankings.

"I have a ways to go," Blackshear admitted after one of his games this past weekend. "I still need to improve other areas of my game."

The Chicago (Ill.) Curie standout has drawn looks from high major coaches and scouts alike. Blackshear's potential and physical ability is impressive and there aren't many guys in the country with the upside that he possesses.

That's why schools like Illinois and Texas have offered him a scholarship, and why Memphis, USC, Purdue, LSU, Marquette, Kansas and Kentucky are showing interest in the underclassmen.

According to Blackshear, he's planning to wait out the recruiting process. At this point he's got his full attention on keeping his grades up and helping Curie win ball games.

"I've been handling it well," Blackshear said of the process. "I haven't really been thinking about it. I've just been focusing on high school right now and my grades."

Although he's not necessarily focused on his recruitment, he has taken a pair of visits. He traveled south in October to check out Rick Barnes' program at Texas. He's also been given the full tour at Illinois.

"It was nice," Blackshear said about his trip to Texas. "It was good to go down there. It was good to go to a college football game too. It was a good experience."

"It was fun," he said when asked about his Illinois visit. "It was the same as Texas, but it was good."

Blackshear, who is ranked No. 2 on's shooting guard list, doesn't claim any early favorites.

"I'm just focusing on high school really," the highly regarded prospect said. "I'm going to wait and decide my college during my senior year probably. I'm looking at every school real closely to see where I fit in."

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