Marques Teague will decide after Pike’s season

  • 01/05/2009 4:39 pm in

One of the top sophomores in the country, Indianapolis Pike’s Marques Teague, will decide on his college destination shortly after the high school season concludes.

Teague’s father Shawn, who played for Louisville coach Rick Pitino at Boston University, gave the scoop to The Courier-Journal’s Jody Demling:

“He’ll make a decision at the end of his high school basketball season,” said Shawn Teague.

The elder Teague said his son had a great time watching the Cardinals win over Kentucky and he said “without a doubt” U of L was high on the list.

“We had a great, great time,” he said. “He really likes Louisville a lot.”

I’m not going to overreact yet, but Teague is viewed as a pivotal recruit by the Indiana staff because he’s an outstanding player that has the potential to become an All-American. He’s exactly the type of player Tom Crean needs to bring to Bloomington not only because of his talent, but to show that the Hoosiers can recruit the best players from Indianapolis. With that said, there seems to be significant ground to be made up if IU has any shot of keeping Teague out of the grasp of Pitino.

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  • jimmy

    Teague is like a dominic james kindof a player so crean really needs to go after this guy

  • jimmy

    Teague is like a dominic james kindof a player so crean really needs to go after this guy

  • Unknown

    I really like this guy alot because his brother is fanomiable and they say he will be better…he distrubes well and not many can stop him when he is going to the whole…but i hate to say it but Crean has already landed his PG with Carlino but I hope Crean becomes a regular visiter down there in Indy, cause he could be a one and done but with everyone coming back then including him championship will be in his hands

  • Unknown

    I really like this guy alot because his brother is fanomiable and they say he will be better…he distrubes well and not many can stop him when he is going to the whole…but i hate to say it but Crean has already landed his PG with Carlino but I hope Crean becomes a regular visiter down there in Indy, cause he could be a one and done but with everyone coming back then including him championship will be in his hands

  • Brian

    Why in the hell would ant big time player want to play in the boring as* Big ten?

  • NewAlbanyHoosier

    Just can't see this exciting young player wanting to play in such a boring league as the big ten! No Way.

  • NewAlbanyHoosier

    Just can't see this exciting young player wanting to play in such a boring league as the big ten! No Way.

  • NewAlbanyHoosier

    On the same token though I have a good friend who's father works at UL and swears pitino will not be there beyond next season. He is emphatic about it.

  • NewAlbanyHoosier

    On the same token though I have a good friend who's father works at UL and swears pitino will not be there beyond next season. He is emphatic about it.

  • JB

    take a look at this – for the people that blew off Van Treese coming to IU here's what happens when IU doesnt take kids from the bball factory Lawrence North

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. — University of Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino isn't a champagne kind of guy, but the word was he was popping the cork Sunday night.

    Not only did Pitino watch his Cardinals defeat rival Kentucky 74-71, but he landed commitments from two top prospects from the Class of 2011.

    Lawrence North sophomores Ryan Taylor and Michael Chandler gave Pitino the news just minutes after the win.

    “We told (assistant coach Richard Pitino) and he said there couldn't be a better day than this,” Taylor said. “And then when we told coach Pitino. He told us he didn't like champagne, but that he was going to get a bottle tonight.”

    Taylor, a 6-6 forward, picked Louisville over Cincinnati, Illinois, Purdue, Indiana and Kentucky. The 6-11 Chandler picked the Cardinals over Ohio State, Kentucky, Indiana and Florida. They can sign national letters of intent in November 2010.

    Louisville already has two commitments from Lawrence North in Stephan Van Treese, who signed with the Cardinals in November and will be a freshman next fall, and junior Justin Martin, who can sign next fall.

    “What a great day,” Van Treese said. “Watching the game and then also after the game. (Chandler and Taylor) had already been texting me on the way down there, saying they were going to commit. I didn't know if they were fooling around.

    “It was funny how it happened, because after the game we just all (including Martin) huddled up and then walked down to coach Pitino.”

    The Cardinals had another top player from Indiana — Pike sophomore Marques Teague — visiting for the game. The 6-1 Teague is considered one of the top 10 players in the Class of 2011 and Louisville is high on his list.

    Most scouting services only rank the top 10 players out of a sophomore class, but Taylor and Chandler have shined on AAU stages.

    “These are two very good gets early on,” Scout.com national analyst Evan Daniels said. “Both of these guys had a lot of good offers already. Ryan Taylor right now is an undersized post (at Lawrence North), but he's really athletic and tough.

    “Chandler is a guy who is 6-11 and doesn't get a lot of playing time (in high school), but from what I have seen in the AAU circuit, the kid has loads of potential.”

    Taylor said a lot of the same schools were recruiting both players and he's glad they can continue playing for the same team.

    “We are good buddies,” Taylor said. “Just watching Louisville play, I felt like it was a good fit for me. I want to play in the NBA and I felt like the best coach to get me there was Rick Pitino.”

    Chandler called the entire day “crazy” and said knowing the two will join Van Treese and Martin “only makes it better.”

    “It makes it easier because we'll know somebody already there,” Chandler said. “At the same time, it's not that far from home. It's a really good school, the coaches are great and it just fits my style of play.”

  • Taskmaster75

    That's very interesting, retirement I assume?

  • Taskmaster75

    That's very interesting, retirement I assume?

  • Unknown

    So your saying that Oden and the 2006 class was actually at a Big East school dang i really got to pick up on my recruiting watch…the B10 has landed some big players the game is getting faster with Crean in the conference so the “exciting players” will be intrigued playing with a charismatic coach who wants the team to run up and down the court…don't underestimate the Crean era at IU

  • Unknown

    So your saying that Oden and the 2006 class was actually at a Big East school dang i really got to pick up on my recruiting watch…the B10 has landed some big players the game is getting faster with Crean in the conference so the “exciting players” will be intrigued playing with a charismatic coach who wants the team to run up and down the court…don't underestimate the Crean era at IU

  • newalbanydave

    is it newalbanyhoosier or newalbanyloser? have you been to any BT games? the BT has some of the best arenas and atmospheres in the country. BT teams have only played in 4 out of the last 8 national championship games. the BT only produces big time pro players. what the hell are you talking about?

  • newalbanydave

    is it newalbanyhoosier or newalbanyloser? have you been to any BT games? the BT has some of the best arenas and atmospheres in the country. BT teams have only played in 4 out of the last 8 national championship games. the BT only produces big time pro players. what the hell are you talking about?

  • Kelin Blab

    What is NOT in IU's favor with Teague is his dad played for Pitino and knows him very well. What IS in IU's favor is Crean and Opportunity is on our side and not having to play second fiddle to LN South they are building at Louisville. I have not heard though of any visit's to Bloomington by Teague.

    I can tell all of you this….Teague is NOT a pure point guard….a la Jordan Hulls…..more of a combo guard.

  • Kelin Blab

    What is NOT in IU's favor with Teague is his dad played for Pitino and knows him very well. What IS in IU's favor is Crean and Opportunity is on our side and not having to play second fiddle to LN South they are building at Louisville. I have not heard though of any visit's to Bloomington by Teague.

    I can tell all of you this….Teague is NOT a pure point guard….a la Jordan Hulls…..more of a combo guard.

  • NewAlbanyHoosier

    Actually I can promise you I have been to more games than yourself. I am a big ten fan, but I travel and see a lot of different confrence games. Obviously you have not. When you do then come calling. Boring basketball period. About as exciting as big ten FOOTBALL has become. Again Big time boring.

  • NewAlbanyHoosier

    Actually I can promise you I have been to more games than yourself. I am a big ten fan, but I travel and see a lot of different confrence games. Obviously you have not. When you do then come calling. Boring basketball period. About as exciting as big ten FOOTBALL has become. Again Big time boring.

  • newalbanydave

    have you been to any Big Ten games, loser? the BT has some of the best arenas and atmospheres in the country. BT teams have only played in 4 out of the last 8 national championships and produces big time pro players. what the hell are you talking about?

  • Mr. Sad

    I know that acceptable standards of English usage are down in the era of the internet, but really, this is post is just beyond the pale.

  • BGleas

    Let me preface by saying I'm not one of the “we need all Indiana kids” guys. But, what I am waiting for is that at some point in the next few years an Indiana stud player is going to come along that says “If I commit to IU and help turn this around I will be a god in Indiana”. That will happen, and when it does IU will be back to recruiting Indiana like it should be.

    We have to be a national recruiting team, which we are, but at the same time we need it set up where Indiana kids want to come to IU again. Whether Crean takes them or not is up to him, but we need that back.

  • BGleas

    Let me preface by saying I'm not one of the “we need all Indiana kids” guys. But, what I am waiting for is that at some point in the next few years an Indiana stud player is going to come along that says “If I commit to IU and help turn this around I will be a god in Indiana”. That will happen, and when it does IU will be back to recruiting Indiana like it should be.

    We have to be a national recruiting team, which we are, but at the same time we need it set up where Indiana kids want to come to IU again. Whether Crean takes them or not is up to him, but we need that back.

  • BGleas

    I'm not sure I care for your approach here, not that it matters. But I do think you have a point.

    I didn't research this, but just from watching games it seems like the other major conferences (in both basketball and football) are much more athletic and fast-paced. The scoring seems higher and they seem to be less methodical on offense. I know I'm making very broad statements, but they're just my observations, and this is coming from a Big Ten fan.

    The issue is those are the things that draw recruits.

  • BGleas

    I'm not sure I care for your approach here, not that it matters. But I do think you have a point.

    I didn't research this, but just from watching games it seems like the other major conferences (in both basketball and football) are much more athletic and fast-paced. The scoring seems higher and they seem to be less methodical on offense. I know I'm making very broad statements, but they're just my observations, and this is coming from a Big Ten fan.

    The issue is those are the things that draw recruits.

  • Austin

    FYI….Marques Teague is already the size and height his brother Jeff was as a freshman at Wake Forest.

    He is already as advanced a scorer that Jeff was at 18, at 16. So there is no doubt in my mind that the next two years Marques will only get better at distributing the ball, especially running the pick-n-roll with childhood running-mate, Chandler Thomas.

    And I think I should know, Pike High School class of '07

  • Austin

    FYI….Marques Teague is already the size and height his brother Jeff was as a freshman at Wake Forest.

    He is already as advanced a scorer that Jeff was at 18, at 16. So there is no doubt in my mind that the next two years Marques will only get better at distributing the ball, especially running the pick-n-roll with childhood running-mate, Chandler Thomas.

    And I think I should know, Pike High School class of '07

  • Austin

    FYI….Marques Teague is already the size and height his brother Jeff was as a freshman at Wake Forest.

    He is already as advanced a scorer that Jeff was at 18, at 16. So there is no doubt in my mind that the next two years Marques will only get better at distributing the ball, especially running the pick-n-roll with childhood running-mate, Chandler Thomas.

    And I think I should know, Pike High School class of '07