Package Deal Appeals to Shaw

In this report, we catch up with Class of 2011 DeLaSalle Forward Mike Shaw. Shaw talks about the upcoming season at DeLaSalle as well as his future college plans. Could a package deal be in the works for Shaw and one of his Mac Irvin Fire AAU teammates?

Mike Shaw first started receiving attention as an eighth grader playing with the Mac Irvin Fire AAU program. Since then, interest in the 6-8 power forward from Chicago DeLaSalle Institute has exploded. Scout.com ranks Shaw as the 40th best player in the Class of 2011 and the eighth best power forward in the nation.

Among the colleges that have turned out this fall to see Shaw at open gyms at DeLaSalle are: DePaul, Illinois, Louisville, Northwestern, Ohio State, Purdue, and Virginia Tech.

"There's been a lot of coaches," said Shaw. "They all started coming out, and there's going to be a lot more."

Shaw, who has visited Louisville twice, isn't in a rush to narrow things down. "I'm still taking my time, getting ready for the season," said Mike.

While the Meteors have lost junior wing Andre Henley, who decided to transfer to Brehm Prep in Carbondale, Illinois, they have a promising future due to their talented incoming freshman class.

"We have some good players," said Shaw. "We're going to be a good team. A lot of people are saying we're not going to be good because we lost Dre Henley, but I say that we're going to be good."

Shaw gets help in the frontcourt this season with the arrival of heralded 6-7 power forward Alex Foster. "He's going to be good, he's got a lot of potential," Shaw said. "He plays hard and just never quits."

Along with Foster, DeLasalle adds a quartet of freshman guards in Alvin Ellis, Demarcus Richardson, Jaylon Tate, and Marcus White. The Meteors look to be one of the best young teams in the state of Illinois.

"We're going to be tough, we're going to be a good team," Shaw said.

Shaw's teammate on the Mac Irvin Fire for the last couple years has been Morgan Park 6-4 wing Wayne Blackshear. Blackshear is ranked 12th in the Class of 2011 and third at shooting guard by Scout.com. The two like playing together so much, that they would like to do it at the next level.

"Me and Wayne, we want to go to the same school," said Shaw. "We love playing together."

Stay tuned to WeAreDePaul.com for the very latest on the Class of 2011.


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