Blackshear names a leader

If Marquis Teague is Louisville's No. 1 2011 recruiting target, Wayne Blackshear, the No. 12 prospect in the class, is probably 1A. After a visit this weekend, Louisville appears in great shape to land a commitment from the five-star 2011 shooting guard. Blackshear spoke with about UofL....

Wayne Blackshear just finished up with his second visit in the past two months to Louisville and his familiarity with Rick Pitino's program could lead to a commitment soon.

"Louisville is still No. 1 on my list," Blackshear said. "They're number one on my list but I have a couple more visits I want to take."

Blackshear visited Louisville with AAU teammates Mike Shaw, a four-star 2011 power forward, and Macari Brooks, a 2011 guard. He and Shaw plan to make a few more visits this month and Blackshear says he could make a decision after those visits.

"I think I'm getting real close to making my decision," said Blackshear. "I am going to Michigan State next weekend and USC in a couple of weeks. Then after that I think I go to Kentucky."

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Louisville is No. 1 on Blackshear's list.
Why is Louisville the favorite?

"Coach Pitino has a great reputation of getting players to the league," Blackshear said. "I like their style of play and I have a great relationship with everybody there. The team showed us mad love when we came down there and we were laughing and kicking it with each other and had a great time. It's a good place to be and everybody shows you love down there. So that's why Louisville's (on top of my list)."

It appears that whichever school Blachshear chooses Shaw will follow. The two say they plan to play together in college.

"Me and Mike are a package deal," Blackshear said. "He loved it down there. We're a package deal so we know we're going to go to the same school together. And Macari loved it there too. If they offer him a scholarship I think he'll go too."

While Blackshear visited Louisville in June, his recent visit allowed him to see what the atmosphere of the UofL campus is like with students – and a football game – on campus. Blackshear enjoyed a tailgate with Cardinals players and coaches before Louisville's season opening game against Indiana State.

"We went to the football game with the players and had a good time," Blackshear said. "The college players down there get a lot of love. That was real nice."

Blackshear and the other recruits on campus also had a chance to test their mettle in scrimmage games against the current UofL players.

"We played like six games," Blackshear said. "I think I held my own. I was kind of switching a lot so I wasn't guarding one person. I did get some of my weaknesses exposed but I did good."

Blackshear also was impressed with Louisville's basketball facilities.

"I think they have the best facilities in the country," Blackshear said. "They've got the new arena coming real soon and the dorms are real nice. I think their facilities are real good."

Blackshear had a chance to talk with Top 5 point guard Marquis Teague during his visit. The subject of teaming together in UofL's backcourt in the future was a topic of conversation.

"Me and him talked about that and we were saying that could be a good fit for me and him," Blackshear said. "Marquis is real cool and he's a real good person."

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