Chicago stars impressed with Louisville

A pair of Top 10 2011 prospects – Chicago standouts Wayne Blackshear and Mike Shaw – visited Louisville over the weekend. The stars enjoyed meeting with Rick Pitino and have the Cardinals high up on their list of favorites.

Mike Shaw and Wayne Blackshear, a pair of Top 10 2011 prospects, spent the weekend in Louisville and came away impressed with the Cardinals program.

"The visit went very good..they really enjoyed themselves," Mike Irvin told "They really enjoyed meeting Rick Pitino. They really liked the campus and the new arena that's going to built in 2011. They liked a lot about the trip."

Irvin, Shaw and Blackshear's AAU coach, went with the talented duo on their visit to Louisville. The juniors from Chicago spent two days in town visiting with Rick Pitino and the Cardinals.

"They've always been interested in Louisville," Irvin said. "It's not too far from Chicago and it was a great opportunity for them to get down there and check out Louisville. They've also been to some other schools in the process but Louisville is a school they wanted to get to because Rick Pitino has been showing so much interest."

Pitino has made clear to Shaw, a 6-foot-7 forward and Blackshear, a 6-foot-4 two guard, this spring that they're high priority prospects for Louisville in the Class of 2011.

Mike Shaw

"Coach Pitino said they're very talented kids and that they are impact players," Irvin said. "He said he would love to have them at Louisville and coming from Rick Pitino, who has had great success with a lot of kids that have gone to the pros and has coached in the NBA, said a lot to them. They were excited that Coach (Pitino) thought that way about them playing basketball."

Shaw and Blackshear have visited several schools recently, mostly Big Ten programs. The duo have tripped to Illinois, Indiana and Purdue, plus Marquette, Louisville and Texas. "But they're drawing interest from all over," Irvin said.

Irvin said there's a good chance Shaw and Blackshear will attend the same college together. "It's a possibility, a 50/50 chance," Irvin said. "It's whatever situation fits them best but they are certainly looking into it and seeing if it's possible."

Don't expect a decision from either player soon. Irvin said both prospects are "probably going to wait and see" until their junior seasons before getting serious about choosing colleges. Where does Louisville stand with Blackshear and Shaw?

"Louisville's definitely high up there on the list," Irvin said. "They've probably got to be top five on their list. Right now they haven't narrowed it down but Louisville definitely has to be in their top five."

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