Teague breaks down recruitment

FORT WAYNE, IN. - Marquis Teague will make a decision next month. The five-star point guard is considering six programs, including a new entrant into the sweepstakes. Friday night at the Hensley Memorial Run-n-Slam, Teague broke down his recruitment for InsideTheVille.com.

Marquis Teague, the No. 2 point guard nationally in the Class of 2011, squared off against five-star 2011 prospect Tony Wroten Friday night in the opening round of the Bill Hensley Memorial Run-n-Slam in Fort Wayne. Though Teague arrived late for his team's game and didn't play until the second half, the talented guard quickly made his presence felt in the second half, nearly helping his team to a victory after trailing by 17 at the break.

Teague's all-around arsenal was on display against Wroten and Rotary. One of the quickest guards in the country, Teague had no problem blowing past Wroten to get to the basket. He found his teammates once he got into the lane, got to the foul line several times and even knocked in a three-pointer.


"I just wanted to come out hard in the second half because I wanted to make up for the first half that I missed," Teague said. "We came up short and didn't reach our goal but we played hard."

Last weekend, Teague was in Denver for the adidas Nation's Camp, an invitation-only camp of some of the nation's best hoops talent. "It was a fun experience," said Teague. "I got to play against some of the best players in the country. It was fun. I got to meet some new people, learn some new drills and work on my game."

A five-star prospect and considered one of the top point guards in the nation, Teague still has plenty he's working on this spring.

"I just want to become a better leader on the floor and get better on the defensive end," Teague said. "I play better on the ball but I need to work on my off the ball defense. I'm also trying to get bigger and stronger and keep working on my outside shot."

While Teague continues to hone his skills on the basketball court, he's also getting serious about a college decision. Next month, the explosive 6-foot-1 guard will announce his college decision. He's also planning to make a few unofficial visits before selection a college program, including a possible visit to Kentucky, a recent entrant to his recruitment.

"I should be making my decision in June," Teague said. "I've got Louisville, IU, Purdue, Wake Forest, Cincinnati and Kentucky. That's what schools I'm looking at right now.

"I'll probably go back to Louisville, IU and I haven't been to Kentucky yet so I'll probably go down there and Cincinnati and Purdue. I know how Coach Cal plays from Memphis. He plays up-tempo and he likes to push it. So that's a good fit. They got a good chance."

Word going around the Spiece Fieldhouse Friday night, though, was that Louisville will be tough to beat when decision-time rolls around.

"Coach Pitino has come to see me a lot. We've got a comfortable relationship," Teague said. "I've got a close bond with his son but he left. I was going there to play for his father not him. His dad's still been talking to me so they're still up there. I'm still looking at them really hard and Coach (Walter) McCarty has been coming up too."

Teague also has solid relationships with the coaching staff at Indiana and Cincinnati.

"Me and Tom Crean have a close relationship and that's my hometown. So that's always a good fit," Teague said. "I would love to play for Indiana because that's my home state and my family would be able to see me a lot. Coach Cronin from Cincinnati comes to see me a lot. We have a good relationship too."

Louisville already has verbal commitments from three of Indianapolis' top prospects – 2010 small forward Justin Martin, 2011 forward Ryan Taylor and 2011 center Michael Chandler. Those commitments could help the Cardinals reel Teague into the fold.

"They play my tempo and the guys they're bring in there they're going to have a good class and that's going to benefit me because they have size," Teague said. "Me being a point guard I want to play with big men."

Teague said Louisville's trio of Indy commits are constantly talking to him about playing for the Cardinals. "They talk to me a lot and ask me when I'm going to commit and be a part of the Cardinal family," Teague said. "Justin Martin and them…they talk to me a lot."

What does Teague tell Louisville's Indianapolis commits when they ask him where he's going to college? "I just tell them they'll see in June," said Teague. "I'm open right now. I'm just talking to my family to see where I'm going to go."


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