Blackshear on the mend

Louisville's top incoming recruit, 6-5 Chicago shooting guard Wayne Blackshear, is on the mend after separating his non-shooting (left) shoulder during a practice session for the McDonald's All-American game in late March.

Louisville's top incoming recruit, 6-5 Chicago shooting guard Wayne Blackshear, is on the mend after separating his non-shooting (left) shoulder during a practice session for the McDonald's All-American game in late March.

One of the Top 25 players in the nation, Blackshear underwent laser surgery to repair his shoulder, and now is rehabbing his way back to full contact – something he hasn't had since injuring his shoulder.

"It's doing good. I've been doing therapy every day," Blackshear said Monday. "I've just been relaxing and having fun until I get down to [Louisville]. I'm excited to get down there. Everybody on the team gets along well together and it's going to be fun."

Blackshear said he will begin taking summer classes at UofL in July, and hopes to get back on the court full-go sooner than expected. The big question: Whether or not Blackshear will be available when Rick Pitino takes his team to the Bahamas for four games in August?

"It's 50/50 on that right now," Blackshear said. "If the doctors don't clear me I won't be able to play."

"I can still workout -- shoot and run. I just can't do contact or scrimmage until September," added Blackshear. "But it's looking good right now and I might be able to come back earlier. I just have to see how it goes."

Though he won't arrive in Louisville for another week or so, Blackshear maintains frequent contact with fellow incoming freshmen Zach Price and Chane Behanan. Behanan has been on campus since early June, and has been filling Blackshear in on what to expect once he steps foot on campus.

"I talk to Zach and Chane all the time, every day," said Blackshear. "Chane talks about the 7 a.m. workouts, and two-a-days coming up and he said it's going to be tough. But we expect that because we're playing for a Hall of Fame coach. We don't expect nothing to be easy for us."

Blackshear and Behanan, both McDonald's All-Americans, are a major reason why Louisville is expected to enter the 2012 season ranked in the Top 10 nationally.

"We're going to have a target on our back and we're going to have to perform every night," Blackshear said. "I think we can do that with the talent that is coming in and the talent that is already there. I just want to play my role, help us win ball games and come in and try to be a leader.


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