Blackshear holding a Texas offer

In recent years the Texas Longhorns basketball program has become one that is known for recruiting nationally with great success. Texas has already locked up one of the top point guards in the 2011 class in St. Benedict, New Jersey's Myck Kabongo and has now turned their attention to the Chicago area.

Chicago is regarded as one of the top cities in the country for producing the top basketball talent in the nation on a yearly basis. The 2011 class will be more of the same headlined by Curie Metropolitan High guard Wayne Blackshear and De La Salle combo forward Mike Shaw.

Blackshear is one of the top off guards in the 2011 class at 6-4.5 and 205 pounds. The sophomore has rightfully earned the reputation as a shot blocking wing defender, a slasher and a strong rebounder. His play last spring and throughout the summer has earned him a pair of scholarship offers with many more to follow.

"So far, Texas and U of I (Illinois) have offered me," said Blackshear. "I would have to say I'm also being recruited hard by USC too," Blackshear added.

The #8 prospect in the 2011 class, who is also hearing from Kansas, Kentucky, Purdue, Marquette and Memphis among others, took a an unofficial visit to Austin on October 18 for Missouri football weekend with Mac-Irvin Fire teammate Mike Shaw.

"I can't remember the date on the visit. Texas was playing Missouri (in football) I think. We got to see the players work out, the facilities, the campus and the football game. It was a lot of fun for me. I enjoyed the visit and like Texas," Blackshear said.

Along with Texas, the elite level talent has also been on campus at Illinois for a football game in the last few months.

With so many prospects making decision at a very young age, the word commitment now comes up in conversation when prospects are 16 years old and younger. A decision for Blackshear isn't likely to be made in the next few months even though the top 10 sophomore knows what he is looking for in a program.

"We are waiting right now. My dad and I are going to make sure we make the right decision. I think I'm going to wait a while. I'm looking to come in and play right away. I want to see how many minutes I can get right away. Also, see what a coach wants me to do as a player basically," Blackshear said.

Blackshear, who is averaging about 16 points, eight rebounds and five blocks per game for Curie Metropolitan, says he isn't seriously considering the thought of staying close to home or going away to college at this point, but staying close to home does seem to have an early advantage.

"I really don't know right now if I will stay close to home or not. I'm not really thinking about it. Staying close to the Chicago area would be nice," Blackshear said.

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