Wayne Blackshear is healthy.
Now, the University of Louisville sophomore has his confidence back and turned in one of the best games of his career, scoring a career-high 20 points in a 99-54 victory over Cornell on Friday at the KFC Yum Center.
Blackshear, who was hampered by shoulder injuries his first two seasons, hit 6 of 7 from the field, including 4 of 5 three-point field goals. He was 4 of 7 from the free-throw line and added two blocks and one steal in 18 minutes.
"I think Wayne is shooting the ball extremely well and playing with great confidence," U of L coach Rick Pitino said. "We got him down seven pounds (this season) and he looks quicker."
In three games, Blackshear is averaging 13.3 points a game and has nine rebounds, six steals and six blocked shots. He's hitting 12 of 27 from the field, including 8 of 15 three-point field goals.
"I am just learning every day from my freshman year on to now," he said. "I am just showing a lot of confidence out there.
"It feels good. I mean, I'm not in any pain and everything feels great. I'm shooting it good and I have been doing other things to help the team out to win."
Senior Stephan Van Treese said the difference between Blackshear this year and last year is "nothing but confidence."
"He's just going out there and playing confident," he said.