2011 Chicago stars hear from Louisville

Rick Pitino is trying to gain entry into Chicago's fertile recruiting ground. Louisville recently expressed interest in Wayne Blackshear and Mike Shaw - a pair of 2011 five-star prospects. InsideTheVille.com spoke with both players at the Spiece Run-N-Slam. (VIDEO INCLUDED)

Chicago star Wayne Blackshear is one of the top guards in the Class of 2011. Texas, USC, and Illinois have already extended Blackshear offers and he's got a ton of high-major programs showing interest, including Louisville. "A lot of schools have offered but I haven't been on any visits yet," Blackshear said.

Louisville recently expressed their interest in the 6-foot-4, 190-pound shooting guard from Chicago (IL) Morgan Park. Blackshear said he's intrigued with the Cardinals. "They get up and down," Blackshear said of Louisville. "I like their style of play."

Blackshear, a five-star prospect ranked the No. 2 SG prospect in the Class of 2011, is a talented prospect. He goes strong to hole and finishes and is also an excellent three-point shooter with deep range.

Mike Shaw

"Right now I'm trying to work on everything and get stronger," said Blackshear. "I'm working on my shooting and ball-handling. I'm trying to get better and take my (game) to the next level."

Mike Shaw, a 6-foot-8, 200-pound power forward from Chicago (IL) De La Salle, is also hearing from the Cardinals. Shaw, also a five-star prospect who is rated the No. 2 PF in the Class of 2011, teams with Blackshear on the AAU circuit for the Mac Irvin Fire.

Shaw claims offers from Illinois, Kentucky, Southern Illinois, USC, Texas, Purdue and Wisconsin. "There are a lot more," added Shaw.

Shaw is a skilled power forward with strong face-up skills. He has range out to the three-point line and made several three's in Fort Wayne, IN. last weekend at the Spiece Run N Slam. He can also put the ball on the deck and grab rebounds in his area.

"I'm looking to improve my all-around game but mostly I'm looking to improve my dribbling. I've got to get better at that," Shaw said. "Once I do that I think I'll be really good."

(Shaw drills the jump shot)
(Blackshear nails a three from corner)
(Shaw hits a three)
(Shaw with the pass to the block)
(Shaw gets a steal)

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