Marques Teague is a 6'0" 165 pound combo guard from perennial power, Pike High School in Indianapolis, IN. The 2011 recruit currently plays his AAU basketball for the Spiece Indy Heat, and has certainly caught the eyes of Illini head coach Bruce Weber.
Marques father, Shawn Teague, spoke with InsideIllini.com today about his son's recruitment. "I really haven't talked with the coaches that much, our high school coach has done most of it. I do know that Coach Weber came to visit yesterday; I'm not sure how that went yet because I haven't talked with our coach, but I will here real soon," said Teague.
Mr. Teague then discussed how his son has performed on the AAU circuit so far this spring. "Marques did really well down in Arkansas, we won that tournament. As his father, I always think he could do a lot of things better, but I know he's really young. For our AAU team he plays both point and shooting guard. I think it's good for him to do both in the summer time, because during the high school season he plays the point most of the time," said the elder Teague. "I think for a kid his age, he handles the pressure very well and loves to compete. Sometimes I have to tell him about game management and bring him because he's very competitive. He's learning more each time out, like creating shots for himself and his teammates, which is a good sign. When he doesn't feel like he played his best, he takes that personally. That's a trait a lot of coaches like," he continued.
Most basketball fans may not know this but Marques has a brother that plays for Wake Forest named Jeff Teague. Mr. Teague suggested that Jeff's decision may not have a barring on where Marques will attend college. "I know Illinois has not offered Marques, but Wake Forest has. Ohio State, Indiana and Purdue [have offered], I've had some conversations with Kentucky as well as of late," said Teague.
Marques is a 2011 recruit and Weber is trying to put Illinois in the mix. For those who feel that offering youngsters in the 9th grade is too early, just take a look at the programs that have already offered Marques. There's an old saying, "the early bird catches the worm." If you want the best players today, you had better get in and get in early because the competition just got a lot tougher.
We'll keep you posted on Teague and all the other 2011 recruits during the spring and summer season, as the Illini have several projected scholarships available.