Five-Stars list Louisville among favorites

FORT WAYNE, IN – There were plenty of five-star prospects on hand this weekend at the Bill Hensley Memorial Run-n-Slam, including a handful with Louisville on their list of favorites. Which two 2011 five-star prospects did Louisville recently get involved? has the scoop.

Josh Smith, C, Seattle Rotary Select: The 6-9, 270-pound Smith, rated the No. 2 center and No. 7 overall in the Class of 2010, told that Louisville is on his list of favorites. Besides the Cardinals, Smith listed UCLA, Washington, Texas, Duke, Gonzaga, North Carolina, Kentucky, Indiana, Ohio State, Syracuse, UConn, Georgetown and Florida. "I'm considering all the schools," Smith said. "I'm still wide-open."

Scoop: Keep an eye on the Pac-10 for Smith, particularly UCLA and Washington.

Tony Wroten, SG, Seattle Rotary Select: The 6-5 Wroten, the No. 1 overall prospect in the Class of 2011, told UNLV, Wake Forest, USC, Louisville, North Carolina, Kansas and Washington were coming at him the hardest. "Louisville is always going to be up there near the top of my list because Peyton Siva is going there," Wroten said. "But you can ask me my top five now but it will change by next week. I don't even have a top five right now."

Scoop: Wroten isn't planning to make any visits until next season and he's not in a rush to make a decision. An elite guard in a class loaded with superior guards, Wroten will have his choice of schools.

Marquis Teague, PG, Spiece Indy Heat: Teague, the No. 2 point guard and No. 5 overall prospect in the Class of 2011, listed Louisville, Indiana, Purdue, Cincinnati, Wake Forest and Kentucky. Teague plans to make a decision in June and said he'll ‘probably' visit the Cardinals, Hoosiers, Bearcats, Boilermakers and Wildcats before he does.

Scoop: Louisville appears the team to beat for the electric point guard.

Wayne Blackshear, SG, Mac Irvin Fire: The 6-4, 185-pound Blackshear, rated the No. 2 SG and No. 8 overall prospect in the Class of 2011, told he's interested in Texas, USC, Illinois and Louisville. "They get up and down," Blackshear said of the Cardinals. "They get up and down the court."

Scoop: Blackshear is a big-time shooting guard with deep perimeter range. Louisville recently jumped in the mix with Blackshear.

Mike Shaw, PF, Mac Irvin Fire: The 6-8, 200-pound Shaw, rated the No. 2 PF and No. 10 overall prospect in the Class of 2011, listed Illinois, Southern Illinois, Kentucky, USC, Wisconsin, Purdue and Texas. Shaw said Louisville also recently made contact with him.

Scoop: Shaw is a skilled power forward that runs the court well, shoots the ball with range and has loads of face-up ability. Shaw also will hit the boards and block shots.

(Pictured: Mike Shaw)

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