Teague Talks About His Decision

Following his Friday afternoon press conference, Indianapolis point guard Jeff Teague talked to HoosierNation.com about his reasons for picking Wake Forest over Coach Kelvin Sampson's Hoosier program...

Indianapolis, Ind. – Jeff Teague might be from Indiana, but the Wake Forest program has been on his mind for some time.

The 6-1, 170-pound point guard from Indianapolis Pike H.S. announced Friday afternoon that he'll play his college basketball in the ACC for Coach Skip Prosser's Demon Deacon program, selecting Wake Forest over Indiana, Xavier, Southern Illinois and Boston College.

While he's grown up in Indiana, Teague said it's a dream come true to play at Wake.

"I've been waiting for this day all my life," Teague said after his announcement. "I've always wanted to go to Wake Forest."

While it was a big day for Teague, Pike H.S. Coach Billy Wright was equally excited about the opportunity his standout will have beginning next fall.

"I'm excited he has an opportunity to use basketball to get an education," Wright said. "He put himself in a position to select a school of his choice with his skills. Any school would be great for Jeffrey. He just had to determine which was best for him and gave him the best chance for an education."

Ultimately, that school proved to be Wake Forest. One of the biggest reasons he developed such an affinity for the Demon Deacon program is because of the success Chris Paul had in his two seasons running the point for a couple of very good Wake Forest squads.

"I really liked them since I saw Chris Paul," said Teague, Scout.com's 53rd ranked player in the 2007 class. "Me and Mike Conley are good friends, and we always talked a bout how we wanted to play like Chris Paul."

Wake Forest nearly lured Conley to its campus a year ago, but he ultimately opted to join high school teammate Greg Oden at Ohio State. But Wake Forest didn't miss on its Indianapolis point guard of choice this time around.

While Teague had five finalists, his final decision boiled down to Wake Forest and the homestate Hoosiers. Despite Indiana's need for a point guard in its 2007 class, Teague didn't think IU was the best fit for him or his skills.

"(Coach Kelvin Sampson) never got to see me play – he went off what the assistant coaches said," Teague said. "That kind of hurt them. When IU came on the scene it make it a harder decision, but I'm glad I made the choice to go to Wake Forest."

Some thought the proximity of the Bloomington campus would weigh heavily on Teague, but he decided that distance wouldn't keep his family from having a chance to see him play.

"I thought about (distance), but Wake Forest is on TV a lot so my family will still be able to see me play," Teague said.

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