Teague focused on three; Decision next week?

Marquis Teague is getting serious about making his college decision. The No. 1 rated 2011 point guard from Indianapolis told InsideTheVille.com Friday that he has narrowed his list down to three schools and plans to announce his decision next weekend. InsideTheVille.com has the latest from Teague.

Marquis Teague told InsideTheVille.com Friday that Louisville, Kentucky and Cincinnati are the finalists for his services and that he's planning to announce his decision next weekend at the Boo Williams Invitational in Hampton, Virginia.

"I'm thinking about making my decision at Boo Williams next weekend, right now that is the plan," Teague said. "Louisville they're one of my top [schools], them Kentucky and Cincinnati. Those are my top three."

Louisville coach Rick Pitino recently received a four-year contract extension that would make him the Cardinals coach through 2017. That was big news for Teague, reassuring the five-star guard that Pitino would be his coach if he picks Louisville.

Marquis Teague is focused on Louisville, UK and Cincinnati and plans to announce his decision next weekend.
"He already told me from the get-go that he was going to be there if I come there all the way through my career," Teague said. "He told me that he was going to be there for a long time so I already knew that. The [extension] helps because I heard a lot about NBA offers so that helped out a lot knowing for sure that he's going to be there."

Kentucky makes the list because of John Calipari's recent success with sending point guards to the NBA. Calipari's last two point guards – Derrick Rose and Tyreke Evans – were both NBA Draft first round picks after their freshman seasons. John Wall, Kentucky's freshman point guard, likely will be selected as the top-overall player in June's draft.

"I've been down there, but not recently," Teague said. "I went a few months ago. I just walked around school and I got to play with the players. It's a great place and I like them a lot. They're one of my top three schools and I like Coach Cal."

Cincinnati might be a surprise to some people, but Teague has a strong relationship with Mick Cronin.

"I just like Coach Cronin – he's a great coach," Teague said. "He's a great person. We have a great relationship. I've been there a lot of times and I just like their program. Me and [Cronin] have a great relationship."

Teague said he hasn't made a final decision yet. He's playing in an AAU tournament this weekend in Milwaukee and plans to discuss his options with his family next week.

"I'm going to talk with my family about it and we're going to sit down and see what school is best for me," said Teague. "Whatever coach I feel the most comfortable playing [for] and the system I can be most successful in are the biggest factors."

Louisville is the presumed favorite and Teague has made several visits to the UofL campus the past two years. The Cardinals also have another factor working in their favor – a commitment from Wayne Blackshear, a five-star wing prospect who has talked frequently with Teague about joining him at Louisville.

"Wayne called me a few times and we talked about me coming to Louisville," Teague said. "He really wants to play with me and I want to play with him too. He's a great player but I've been talking with Mike Gilchrist also so I really don't know. I can't make my decision based on those two players I have to do what's best for me."

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