Bloomington – If you're a ready between the lines kind of person, you probably were feeling pretty good about Indiana's chances with Marquis Teague Saturday.
After all, he did show up at the Adidas May Classic Saturday sporting an Indiana sweatshirt, and that's the kind of thing an Indiana fan might want to cling to as they hold their breath waiting on a decision from the 6'3" sophomore point guard from Indianapolis Pike H.S.
But with his college decision expected next month, Teague said the sweatshirt wasn't intended to suggest s lean one way or the other.
"It's just something one of my dad's friends bought for me," Teague said Saturday morning after helping lead Spiece Indy Heat to an 18-point win over U Play Canada Elite. "So I wear it."
Indiana Coach Tom Crean is clearly hoping Scout.com's fifth-ranked player in the 2011 class will one day exchange the sweathshirt for an Indiana uniform. Like the rest of Teague's crop of finalists, Crean will find out Teague's decision next month.
"(College coaches) told me to make my decision whenever I'm comfortable, and I told them (June) is when I'll be comfortable to make it," Teague said.
Teague mentioned seven schools as a possibility Saturday – Indiana, Louisville, Kentucky, Ohio State, Cincinnati, Purdue and Wake Forest. The general consensus, though, is that it's a two-team race between Indiana and Louisville.
Louisville has long been considered the odds-on favorite to land Teague, whose father played for Rick Pitino at Boston University. But Crean has been relentless in his pursuit of the Indianapolis point guard, showing up at a handful of high school games this past season and spending extended time with Teague when he's come to town for unofficial visits.
"Coach Crean has been calling me ever since he got here," Teague said. "We have a good relationship, I like his program, and it's close to home. I like Indiana."
The X-factor in the equation could end up being Kentucky, which has just recently surfaced as a possibility. Teague said UK Coach John Calipari "has been calling a bit," so Teague plans to take a visit to Kentucky soon to get a feel for the Wildcat program. Wake Forest, meanwhile, is where his older brother Jeff plays, but Marquis said his brother hasn't been overly involved with advice as they go through the process.
"He'd probably like me to go to Wake Forest, but we haven't talked about it much," Teague said.
The person who will play a huge role in the decision is Marquis' father, Shawn, who has experience as not only a player, but also because he helped Jeff navigate the recruiting process three years ago.
"My dad, he's the biggest part of it," Teague said. "He's with me everywhere I go, he talks to the coaches all the time, they call him, so he's a big part."
It's a big decision that Teague said he's still unsure which way he's leaning. He said he plans to travel to many of his finalists for another look around, although he hasn't scheduled any of those trips yet. But despite that uncertainly, he's committed to when he'll make the decision known.
"I'm going to make it next month – for sure," Teague said.
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