Teague Breaks Down List, Preps For Decision

The Marquis Teague recruitment will end tomorrow. That talented floor general has his list at five and is gearing up for his announcement.

Marquis Teague's decision is rapidly approaching.

In fact, Teague, the nation's top point guard prospect, will pick from a list of five schools -- Cincinnati, Kentucky, Louisville, Purdue and Indiana – and announce his college choice on Thursday.

"It's been pretty fun, but it's a lot to deal with," Teague said about his recruitment. "Lately I've been getting phone calls from one or two scouts or coaches a day, trying to figure out where I'm going, so I've been ready to get it over with. But for the most part it's been pretty fun."

For months many believed Teague's recruitment would end early and the pick would be Louisville due to Pitino's close ties with Teague's family. However over the past few weeks the battle for Teague has picked up.

With less than 24 hours until Teague, a 6-foot-1, 175-pound floor general, announces his college destination, he said he hasn't made his final decision.

"I kind of have an idea of what I want to do, but me and my parents are going to sit down tonight and talk about it a little more," Teague told Scout.com.

"I just want to see what my parents have to say about it tonight," Teague added. "Like I told you, I kind of already know where I want to go, but I'm just waiting to see what they have to say."

Teague said he'll take his parents thoughts into account, but ultimately he'll be the final decision maker.

"I mean it's a family decision, but at the end of the day I'm the one that has to play," Teague said. "I'm still going to choose the schools that I feel is best for me. They are my parents. They mean everything to me. They've been with me through it all."

Teague has also talked his decision over with his brother – Jeff Teague – who currently stars for the Atlanta Hawks.

"Me and him we've talked about it," Teague said. "I know what school he wants me to go to. He's been a big part of it. He's been through it already. He knows what kind of coaches let you play. He knows what it takes to get to the NBA. So we've talked about it and me and my brother talked about it to."

With college coaches allowed to be on the road through today to see recruits in open gyms, Pike has been a popular place this week. Rick Pitino was in on Tuesday, while John Calipari and Mick Cronin stopped in today.

During Teague's conversation with Scout.com, he spoke extensively about the schools still on his list.

Cincinnati and Mick Cronin may be the sleeper in Teague's recruitment. Teague said he's developed a bond with their staff, and that's why they made his final list.

"There coaches have a great relationship with me," he said. "That's one of the main reason I like them so much. Coach Cronin is a great coach and he just told me that if I come there he'll put the ball in my hands and let me play because I can make plays."

Louisville may be the school that Teague has visited the most, and they also have the obvious connections with his family. He also mentioned the relationship he has with their staff and the brand of ball they play as reasons he likes Louisville.

"Coach P has a lot of history with my family," Teague told Scout.com. "My father played for him and he knows how he coaches. He's comfortable with him and I'm comfortable with coach P too. We have a great relationship.

"Louisville isn't too far away from my house and I want to stay close to home," Teague added. "I like their style of play. I kind of have a similar style. I like to get up and down."

Kentucky's recruitment of Teague has picked up immensely recently. Teague cited Calipari's history with point guards and the amount of talent he's bringing in as reasons the Wildcats are under strong consideration.

"Coach Cal is great with point guards," Teague said. "He puts them on the next level and everyone wants to make it to the next level. That's what he does. He lets you play ball and doesn't let you hold you back."

"I've been talking to him a lot lately and he has some good plans," he added. "He's trying to put some pieces together and is going to have a talented group. I want to play on a good team. I don't want to be on a team where I'm the only player. I want to have other players around me."

With Indiana, Teague said he'd love to stay in-state. He also spoke about the rebuilding process that Tom Crean has done.

"That's the home state," he said. "It would be great to play for my home state with all the fan support and everybody cheering for you. It's just 30 or 40 minutes from Indianapolis. Coach Crean is doing a great job with them winning games with the kind of talent he has. He shouldn't be winning the amount of games they do win. He's trying to put that program back on the map."

Teague's final five also includes Purdue. Matt Painter and his program were the first school to offer him and Teague still remembers that.

"They were the first offer I had and the first school to really start looking at me when I was in the 8th grade," he said. "Me and coach Painter have been talking for three or four years now. We have a great relationship. Coach Owens and I have a great relationship and we talk a lot. That's real close to home. I just feel comfortable with them."

While Teague insists that he's choosing from a list of five schools, many believe behind the scenes that his recruitment is down to Louisville and Kentucky. Teague insists that is not the case.

"No I'm going to be picking from my five."

On Thursday the questions will cease and the rumors will stop, as Teague will announce his college decision during a press conference at Indianapolis (Ind.) Pike at 1:30.


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