Monday morning, the 6'5 guard/forward from Chicago, received official clearance from the NCAA to suit up for Rick Pitino's highly-ranked Cardinals. After Louisville's Media Day activities concluded Monday afternoon, Blackshear participated in his first practice as a Cardinal.
"I kept praying every night and things just worked out for me," said Blackshear.
Blackshear, who is coming off left shoulder surgery (non-shooting), is working hard to get back into basketball shape. Since coming to Louisville two months ago, Blackshear has cut his body fat from 17 to 8 percent and dropped 20 pounds, from 237 to 217.
Blackshear was a big-time scorer in high school, averaging more than 30 points per game as a senior for Morgan Park (IL). Blackshear did a lot of his work inside in high school, but will transition to the perimeter in Rick Pitino's system.
"I think I can still get away with (posting up) a little bit, but I've worked on my perimeter game a lot and that's what I've improved," said Blackshear.
Blackshear, who is expected to compete for a starting job on the wing, is ready to help the team any way he can.
"I'm going to rebound and play hard defense every night," said Blackshear. "We've got a lot of people on this team that can do different things. Whatever (Pitino) wants me to do I'll do it."
Blackshear will make his debut in a Louisville uniform against Pikeville Wednesday night in the Cards first exhibition game.
"I'm a hard worker and I don't back down from anybody on the court," Blackshear said. "As long as I put the work in I'll get the results."