Teague has idea where he's going

Marquis Teague has a good idea where he's going to college. Scout.com's sixth-ranked prospect in the Class of 2011 has officially narrowed his list to five schools and he's planning a few visits next month before making a college decision. InsideTheVille.com has the scoop from the King City Clasic.

Officially, Marquis Teague is considering five schools. Unofficially, Louisville appears to be the team to beat.

"I'm down to five schools – Louisville, IU, Ohio State, Wake Forest and Purdue," Teague said after the opening game of the King City Classic, Nike's invitation-only summer camp. "I feel like I'm ready to make my decision because I kind of know where I want to go. So I'm just ready to make my decision."

Though Teague didn't let the cat out of the bag when asked to share where he's leaning, Louisville is strong – very STRONG. Rick Pitino was in the stands for Teague's game Wednesday morning and the super-quick 2011 point guard has a strong relationship with the Louisville head coach.


Marquis Teague will visit Louisville in August.

"Coach Pitino is a great coach and I've got a great relationship with him," Teague said. "He knows how to motive you and get you to play hard. I want a coach that's going to push me so I can be prepared to play at a high level. I love Louisville. It's a great university. They have great fans. I just love everything about Louisville. It's a great school."

Teague has made several visits to Louisville and is extremely familiar with the Cardinals program. He's attended a few games at Freedom Hall, has toured the campus and even checked out the locker room after games. Teague said he stays in frequent contact with Pitino.

"We talk all the time and I like the way he coaches," Teague said. "I've been to plenty of their games and been in their locker room. They've got a lot of intensity at Louisville and it's exciting. I'd like to play in that atmosphere and for that type of coach."

Before he makes a decision, Teague plans to make a few visits next month. Teague said he'll likely make a decision before the start of his high school basketball season.

"I should be going to Louisville, IU and I'm going to try to get to Kentucky," Teague said.

Louisville, followed by Indiana, is probably the pecking order for Teague. Kentucky wants to get Teague on campus but he says the Wildcats haven't offered a scholarship. It might be too late for John Calipari to score a commitment, but Teague said a Kentucky offer would move them onto his list of favorites.

As for Louisville, the Cardinals have another advantage – Michael Chandler and Ryan Taylor, a pair of Indianapolis juniors who play for the same AAU program as Teague.

"They're great players," Teague said. "You can't be just a one-man team in college you have to have great players around you. We talk about playing together at (Louisville) all the time. They're trying to get me to commit there. So that helps."

What will be the deciding factors for Teague when he decides to make a college decision?

"Whatever school I'm most comfortable with and plays my style," Teague said. "I'm up-tempo and I want to push it. And I want to be close to home."

Sounds like Louisville might be the ideal fit for Marquis Teague.


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