Blackshear's commitment 'strong'

Charlotteville, Va. -- Since Michael Chandler reneged on his commitment to Louisville and Marquis Teague surprisingly chose Kentucky over Louisville this spring, Louisville fans have wondered, naturally, about Wayne Blackshear's commitment to the Cardinals. Blackshear spoke with InsideTheVille.com about his commitment at the NBA Top 100 Camp.

Since Michael Chandler reneged on his commitment to Louisville and Marquis Teague surprisingly chose Kentucky over Louisville this spring, Louisville fans have wondered, naturally, about Wayne Blackshear's commitment to the Cardinals.

The five-star shooting guard from Chicago, Ill., committed to Louisville last winter and was expected to be a key member of a monster recruiting class. Now,in the wake of Chandler and Teague's decision, Blackshear has become the most vital piece of Rick Pitino's 2011 recruiting class.

"My commitment is strong," Blackshear told InsideTheVille.com Thursday at the NBA Top 100 Camp. "That's where I'm going. Coach Pitino wants me and that's where I'm going to stay. What those guys did was for them and their families. That was their decision.

"My decision is I'm staying with Louisville. I think it's the best fit for me and I think I can develop my game there. It's the Big East, one of the best conferences and I think I can just get better in that conference."

One of the nation's ten-best players, Blackshear said he maintains regular contact with the Cardinals.

"We always touch base to see what's going on," Blackshear said. "I just like being down there because that's where I'm comfortable."

On the court, Blackshear's ability to score isn't in doubt. Not after he averaged more than 30 points as a junior in the Chicago Public League, one of the nation's toughest and most competitive.

That being the case, Blackshear was determined to show there was more to his game than his scoring ability. In a marquee matchup Thursday morning against hot-shot guard Jabari Brown, Blackshear played lock down defense on the ball and disrupted the passing lanes for steals. Though he finished with ten points, it was his defense that shined.

"The first game was good for me," Blackshear said. "Dave Telep told me before the game to show him something different in my game because I'm known for scoring. And that's what I did. I went out there and played defense. I just stepped up on defense and doing other stuff besides scoring. I played good."

Still slowed by leg injuries, Blackshear is fighting through the pain this spring.

"I'm still not 100 percent yet," Blackshear said. "I've got a couple injuries I'm battling right now. My leg injury from the season still hasn't healed. It's getting better but it's not a 100 percent yet. My knees, they [doctors] say it's tendonitis."

"I'm getting a lot of therapy. They tell me to rest but I'm always in the gym," said Blackshear. "I'm a gym rat. I'm working on my moves and ball-handling and my midrange game. And just staying in shape. That's what I mostly do."

Blackshear is also working to recruit 6'10 Anthony Davis to join him at Louisville. Davis, who has risen from nowhere to the Top 10 nationally this spring, will visit the Cardinals in June.

"Guys in Chicago knew about him, but they didn't know he was going to get that tall," said Blackshear. "He could always play. He's a guard, he's just in a 6'10 body. He can put it on the floor and shoot with the best of him.

"We've been playing together since we were kids," Blackshear said. "I thought it would be good if me and him went to the same college and finish together.

"We're both interchangeable and can play different positions on the floor," said Blackshear. "He can play the four or the three and I can play the 1, 2, and 3. It would cause a lot of matchup problems for people."


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