Change of plans for Teague

Last month, five-star 2011 point guard Marquis Teague appeared poised to make an early college decision. Now, however, it appears Teague has backed away from making a decision this spring and instead will take his time picking a college. What does this mean for Louisville?

Marquis Teague told last month that he was ready to make a decision after narrowing his list to Louisville, Indiana, Purdue, Ohio State and Cincinnati. Teague's high school coach, Phil Spoljaric, told Wednesday that his star point guard has had a change of heart about an early decision this spring.

"I don't think he's very close to making a decision right now," said Spoljaric. "I say that because I've spoken with his dad about it and I think they're going to take some time. Initially they thought they might decide early but I think they're going to take some time now."

Teague had been pointing to a spring decision all winter. He made several unofficial visits to Louisville, Indiana and others. The Cardinals were rumored to be the frontrunner with Indiana coming on strong.

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"I just think he's got a lot going on," Spoljaric said. "He's going to play for a USA team this June and that's going to take some time from him and he probably wants to make that decision with a clear state of mind."

Teague made at least two visits to Louisville during the season. The Cardinals were viewed as the favorite for several reasons, including the fact that Rick Pitino coached Teague's father at Boston University. Louisville has also made Indianapolis a recruiting priority and have already locked up commitments from Indy stars Stephen Van Treese, Justin Martin, Michael Chandler and Ryan Taylor.

"Louisville has been a big part in the recruitment process," Spoljaric said. "His dad and uncle played for Coach Pitino so there's a closeness there for that reason. But I can't say there's a frontrunner. I don't think he's made any kind of decision. He's got a lot on his mind now."

What Teague might have on his mind is home-state power Indiana. Hoosier coach Tom Crean turned up the recruiting heat on Teague this winter, taking in several of his Pike HS games late in the season.

"There are several teams, not just Indiana, that have shown interest," said Spoljaric. "I think IU's always been in that mix but I can't say anybody is ahead of the game."

Spoljaric said he expected Teague to take some more visits this spring but didn't know which schools his player would check out. College coaches will be allowed to visit Teague at his high school April 9-12 and April 17-22. Don't be surprised if Pitino, Crean and other high major coaches show up.

"I think he showed much more maturity throughout the season," Spoljaric said. "I thought the biggest thing for him this year was to continue to grow. And I felt like he did. He is a young man that is very talented and the good thing about him is he is not a selfish kid. He enjoys involving his teammates and that's what makes him a little more special than others."

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