Bloomington – Marquis Teague was in Bloomington Friday night, and Scout.com's fifth-ranked player in the 2011 class didn't exactly get the kind of reception you'd expect for a player IU Coach Tom Crean covets.
Instead of cheers, the Pike H.S. junior was serenaded with a healthy dose of boos from a near sellout crowd at Bloomington South H.S., as No. 1 South topped No. 7 Pike 66-55. Some of the jeers were nothing more than a home crowd ribbing the opposing team's best player, while others were a result of Teague getting into a couple of minor skirmishes with South players during the game.
Teague was able to silence his critics on occasion with his quickness and ability to penetrating, which resulted in 15 points on 7-of-16 shooting. But a solid night from Teague wasn't nearly enough to offset the 26 points and 17 rebounds South got from Butler-bound Erik Fromm and 14 points from Matt Carlino.
South improved to 15-0 and extended its two-year winning streak to 41, while Pike dropped to 9-4.
The loss left Teague disappointed, but the tough treatment from the crowd came as no surprise.
"I already expected that," Teague said about the hostile crowd. "Every year I come here that happens. That's not a big deal. It's fun. I just play through it."
While the Bloomington South fans' loyalty was clearly with the Panthers, it's equally clear that Crean continues to hold out hope that he can convince the 6'1", 165-pounder to come to IU and have the Assembly Hall home crowd sing his praises. Teague continues to say IU is in the mix, along with Cincinnati, Louisville, Purdue, Ohio State and Kentucky.
"They're one of my tops," Teague said about IU.
Indiana has also proven to be relentless in its efforts. The general consensus has long been that Louisville was the team to beat for Teague, to the point where some thought he was on the verge of committing on a couple of different occasions. Most recently, Kentucky appears to have elevated its standing as well, and Teague said he hopes to get to a couple of UK games in the near future.
But Indiana continues to be in the picture, with a very clear message for the No. 1 point guard in the 2011 class.
"Home – ain't no place like home. (Crean) always tells me that," Teague said. "They've got great players and a great atmosphere. I've been to a lot of IU games, and every game, no matter who they play it's sold out, no matter what their record. That's great. I love the crowd, all that. I love that."
He also doesn't mind the fact that Indiana has struggled for the last year and a half. Indiana has bounced back from last year's 6-25 campaign to go 9-10 to this point, but it's still not to the level of some of Teague's other finalists. But he said he's not scared off by the present. Instead, he thinks about the future when it comes to the Hoosiers.
"I know what IU is going to be in the future - I know what they've got coming," Teague said. "Right now they're building it up, I know what they've got coming. It's going to be a great school in the future."
Adding a player of Teague's abilities would certainly help in that endeavor. Like the rest of the programs on Teague's list Indiana is anxious for an answer, but happy to give him all the time he needs.
"They're all being pretty patient," Teague said. "They tell me to take my time and there's no need to rush anything, that I'm still young. They tell me to take all the time I need and make the decision that I think is best for me and my family."
That decision should come in the not too distant future.
"I'm going to wait until after this season is over and then I'll make my decision," Teague said. "I want to get it done before the AAU season starts."
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