If Brandon Knight decides to return to Kentucky for his sophomore season it would be fine with incoming freshman point guard Marquis Teague.
Rather than viewing Knight as competition for playing time, the Indianapolis guard thinks playing with Knight could benefit him.
"We could play together. Me and coach Cal (John Calipari) have already talked about that," said Teague after practice Wednesday for Saturday's Jordan Brand Classic in Charlotte, N.C. "Playing with him would actually make it easier on me. Teams would be so worried about him and putting pressure on him because he can score so easily that it would make it a lot easier on me. They can't double team both of us."
Teague, who will be on the same team as future UK teammate Michael Gilchrist Saturday and will play against future UK teammates Anthony Davis and Kyle Wiltjer, also watches former UK point guard Rajon Rondo. He watched him at UK and has continued to follow his career with the Boston Celtics.
"I think maybe I do play somewhat like him. I try to find open teammates and get them the ball when they are open like he does. I read the defense and push the ball. That's how I like to play, too," Teague said.
"I also know all the great point guards coach Cal has had like John Wall, Derrick Rose, Tyreke Evans and Brandon Knight. It means a lot to me that he knows he has another good point guard coming in next year."
Teague is known for his quickness and ability to get inside, much like Rondo was in college. However, he says he's a good outside shooter as well.
"I want to get stronger and work on my outside shot more and knocking down even more shots. I also want to make sure I am defending strong all the time when our season (at UK) starts," Teague said.
"But I can shoot pretty good now. I shot about 40 percent on 3's during my high school season. I get to the rim so easy that I have not had to shoot a lot outside. I know in college that will change and I will have to knock down more open shots, but I know I can do it."
He helped Team USA beat an international team in the Nike Hoop Summit in Portland, Ore., last week when Davis and Gilchrist both were among the leading scorers.
"Winning that game was a big deal. Any time you are on the floor, you play to win. That's why it was a big deal," Teague said. "This game Saturday is going to be more relaxed, more fun. I still want to win, but it's more for fun."
After this game he'll take a brief break from basketball before he reports to UK in June for summer school. He'll also play in the Kentucky-Indiana All-Star Game in June.
"That is going to be fun to get to battle with Kentucky and go from there," Teague said. "It will give a lot of Kentucky fans their first chance to watch me play and hopefully they will support me even when I am still playing for Indiana."
Teague would be fine playing with Knight
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