Teague sets decision date

The wait for Marquis Teague's decision is almost over. The No. 1 point guard in the Class of 2011 will announce his decision next week. Will Rick Pitino and Louisville receive good news from the star point guard?

According to Scout.com's Evan Daniels, Marquis Teague will announce his college decision April 22.

Next Thursday could be a big day for Louisville coach Rick Pitino, who has invested considerable time and energy relentlessly pursing the Class of 2011's number one point guard the past two years.

Teague told InsideTheVille.com recently that he was focused on three schools - Louisville, Kentucky and Cincinnati. Most expect Teague's decision will be between the Cardinals and Wildcats.

Marquis Teague will announce his college decision next week.
Louisville has been the presumptive favorite from the beginning. Pitino coached Teague's father at Boston University in the 1980's and hired his former high school coach, Shabaka Lands, this season. The Cardinals have also had the explosive point guard on campus more than any other school.

Despite those advantages, Kentucky had made up considerable ground and there was heavy speculation in recruiting circles last week that Teague was leaning toward the Wildcats. John Calipari's last two point guard were top NBA draft choices and his point guard this season, John Wall, is expected to be the top selection in this year's NBA Draft. Calipari has been trying to sell Teague on the idea that he could follow in the footsteps of Derrick Rose, Tyreke Evans and Wall.

While Kentucky seemed to be the flavor of the day last week, it's starting to sound good again for Pitino's Cardinals behind the scenes.

Teague would be the missing piece in an already excellent 2011 recruiting class that includes five-star prospects Wayne Blackshear and Michael Chandler and Top 100 recruits Zach Price and Ryan Taylor. If Teague commits to Louisville next week, the Cardinals might finish with the No. 1 overall 2011 recruiting class.

Here's what Teague recently told InsideTheVille.com about his three favorites:

Louisville: "Louisville they're one of my top [schools]. Pitino told me that he was going to be there for a long time so I already knew that. The [contract 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: "I've been down there, but not recently. 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: "I just like Coach Cronin – he's a great coach. 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."

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