Teague returning to Louisville soon

Marquis Teague has made a couple of recent visits to Kentucky, including one to Louisville this weekend. Is the Top 5 2011 point guard prospect thinking about making a decision after visiting Louisville?

Marquis Teague has been to Louisville several times in the past. This weekend, the talented 2011 prospect headlined a strong group of visitors to the UofL campus.

"It was a good trip," Teague said. "We went to the football game and there was a lot of recruits there and we had fun. It's cool hanging with the recruits. We were just chilling, having fun and running around meeting all kind of people. It was a good time."

Teague also sat down for a conversation with Rick Pitino, who made no bones about his hopes that the 6'2 point guard will play for the Cardinals.

"I talked to Coach Pitino a lot," Teague said. "He really wants me to come play for him."

Having made recent visits to Kentucky and Louisville, Teague is thinking about getting serious with his recruitment.

Teague plans to narrow focus.
"Me and my dad are talking about narrowing my list down sometime this week," Teague said. "Right now I'm still looking and talking to coaches to figure out where I want to play."

There's been lots of speculation that Teague is leaning toward Louisville, particularly with Pitino's recent hiring of Shabaka Lands, a former assistant high school coach of Teague's. Are the Cardinals in the lead?

"I wouldn't say that," Teague said. "I'm still looking at everybody but I really like Kentucky a lot, and Ohio State and Cincinnati. So I wouldn't say nobody is in the lead right now. I'm still looking at all of them."

While he didn't name an overall leader in his recruitment, Teague is planning to make a visit back to Louisville soon.

"I'm going back to Louisville October 2nd," Teague said. "Coach Pitino said he wanted me to come back down. I guess that's when some more recruits are coming in like Mike Chandler and all them. Tobias Harris is going down there on October 2. They just wanted me to come back down."

Teague was one of several highly rated prospects to visit Louisville this weekend, including 2011 Top 40 recruits Wayne Blackshear, Zach Price and Mike Shaw. Louisville could be putting together one of the top 2011 recruiting classes and that could help lure Teague to UofL.

"I want to be around great players because I want to win a national championship," Teague said. "I think Louisville is going to have one of the top recruiting classes, if the not top recruiting class with all those players they're getting leaning towards them lately. That would be a great thing because I want to be around great players. So that helps them.."

One prospect leaning toward the Cards – 6'5 SG Wayne Blackshear – could form a dynamic backcourt in the future with Teague.

"Wayne is a real good player," Teague said. "I got a chance to watch him this weekend. He has a big body and he scores the ball at will. That would be great and I would love to play with him."

During his visit, Teague had an opportunity to play with Blackshear and the other recruits against Louisville's current players, including freshman Peyton Siva.

"There was some good games," Teague said. "I think Wayne Blackshear's team won all the games. It was some good runs and everybody was going hard. I matched up against (Peyton) Siva most of the time and I was guarding (him). He's a good point guard and he's real quick. He's a true point guard and he ran the offense good and didn't make a lot of mistakes."

Could a decision be coming soon from Teague?

"My dad said I can make (a decision) whenever I feel ready," Teague said. "If I need to take some more visits I can do that. If I'm ready to commit I can do that. I don't know. I'm just going along to see what happens and where I feel best and what coaches I'm most comfortable with and play my style of play. I'm still thinking."

Teague's father and uncle both played for Pitino at Boston University and he says he enjoys a good relationship with the Cardinals coach.

"We have a good relationship with Coach Pitino and when we talk he asks me a lot about my family," Teague said. "I've got a good relationship with him and that's important to me."

Teague said he's scheduled to visit Cincinnati September 26. He also says that Kentucky is trying to get him to make another visit to campus for a football game this season.

"Coach (John) Calipari has a good rep for putting people in the league," Teague said. "He's a great coach and he let's his players play. He doesn't hold you back. And he wins a lot of games. I've talked to him a lot and we've built a great relationship. He's somebody you would love to play for. He's going to have the top talent and great teams."

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