Marquis Teague looking hard at six schools

  • 04/10/2009 11:01 am in

The notion it’s a foregone conclusion that Marquis Teague will play for Rick Pitino at Louisville is all but gone. Several weeks ago, I had numerous people tell me it was a lock for Teague to be a Cardinal. But as his high school season ended and the Pike sophomore didn’t make an announcement, the window of opportunity for other schools to get back in the mix opened. And Indiana is one of the schools that has done just that.

Kyle Neddenriep of The Indianapolis Star talked to Teague about the six schools still in contention: IU, Louisville, Cincinnati, Purdue, Ohio State and Wake Forest. Here are Teague’s comments about the Indiana program:

“(Tom Crean) is a great coach. When I went to the games, he was almost recruiting me during the game. He would say, ‘You want to be part of this environment, don’t you?’ He’s great. I love him. I went to three or four games and went down another time to visit around the campus.”

If you don’t check out the entire piece by Neddenriep, there’s one thing that stands out: Teague only used the word “love” when talking about Coach Crean. And his comments about Louisville don’t suggest that he’s dead set on the Cardinals like some have suggested. If you’re unfamiliar with Teague’s game, you can watch this video I shot back in January when Pike played Jordan Hulls and Bloomington South.

(Thanks for ITH reader Kelin for the tip.)

Photo credit: Indianapolis Star

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  • Kelin Blab

    I didn't notice that word 'love' as it relates to Crean……interesting. One thing I did notice is most of these schools are close to home and I like the fact that recruits 24/7…EVEN during the game! How this one plays out will be interesting…..

  • Kelin Blab

    I didn't notice that word 'love' as it relates to Crean……interesting. One thing I did notice is most of these schools are close to home and I like the fact that recruits 24/7…EVEN during the game! How this one plays out will be interesting…..

  • Kelin Blab

    I didn't notice that word 'love' as it relates to Crean……interesting. One thing I did notice is most of these schools are close to home and I like the fact that recruits 24/7…EVEN during the game! How this one plays out will be interesting…..

  • jgongora86

    This would be huge. if he commits, we would probably able to get a great center/ power forward, because they know he would be great at distributing the ball.

  • jgongora86

    This would be huge. if he commits, we would probably able to get a great center/ power forward, because they know he would be great at distributing the ball.

  • jgongora86

    This would be huge. if he commits, we would probably able to get a great center/ power forward, because they know he would be great at distributing the ball.

  • ind23

    I know he is a great instate player and we want to keep those guys at IU, but how is his attitude? I heard he had a problem with that and I wonder if we want that type of player at IU

  • ind23

    I know he is a great instate player and we want to keep those guys at IU, but how is his attitude? I heard he had a problem with that and I wonder if we want that type of player at IU

  • kgork

    That would be one hell of an incoming backcourt with Carlino and Teague if we were to land him.

  • kgork

    That would be one hell of an incoming backcourt with Carlino and Teague if we were to land him.

  • kgork

    That would be one hell of an incoming backcourt with Carlino and Teague if we were to land him.

  • VLAD

    Never seen him play, but I am confident that Coach Crean is recruiting good all 'round kids that can play ball. I like the fact that he is from Hoosier-Land. Go IU!!!

  • VLAD

    Never seen him play, but I am confident that Coach Crean is recruiting good all 'round kids that can play ball. I like the fact that he is from Hoosier-Land. Go IU!!!

  • JBLOTKAMP

    Never seen him play, but I am confident that Coach Crean is recruiting good all 'round kids that can play ball. I also like the fact that he is from Hoosier-Land. Go IU!!!

  • JBLOTKAMP

    Never seen him play, but I am confident that Coach Crean is recruiting good all 'round kids that can play ball. I also like the fact that he is from Hoosier-Land. Go IU!!!

  • JBLOTKAMP

    Never seen him play, but I am confident that Coach Crean is recruiting good all 'round kids that can play ball. I also like the fact that he is from Hoosier-Land. Go IU!!!

  • Kelin Blab

    I would say his game is similar to Derrick Rose (bulls/memphis). Strong guard, quick, fast, OK-J, can get to the basket…….can be a solid defender

  • Kelin Blab

    I would say his game is similar to Derrick Rose (bulls/memphis). Strong guard, quick, fast, OK-J, can get to the basket…….can be a solid defender

  • Kelin Blab

    I would say his game is similar to Derrick Rose (bulls/memphis). Strong guard, quick, fast, OK-J, can get to the basket…….can be a solid defender

  • MillaRed

    It looks to me like the next 6 months are going to tell us a lot about what the combination of Crean & IU can bring into the mix. The 2009 class is one of the better ones but on paper the 2010 and 2011 potential is better.

    When we talk about Deshaun Thomas, Marquis Teague, Dominique Ferguson type players we are mixing it up with Top 20 recruits, not Top 100.

    Let's see what he can do it should be exciting. If we lock down a few Top 20 recruits in a single class I think we have our answer.

    In other news, I am a subscriber to IU on the Rivals site and last month there was a Q&A with one of their staff. Many of the questions addressed the 2009 class, upside etc. The name he kept bringing up was none other than Bawa Maniru. Three or times if I recall. If this is the case than it's a pleasant surprise because many of us noted it would take him a few years. If his predictions are true, take the '09 class up another notch. Apparently this 7 footer can run like the wind.

  • MillaRed

    It looks to me like the next 6 months are going to tell us a lot about what the combination of Crean & IU can bring into the mix. The 2009 class is one of the better ones but on paper the 2010 and 2011 potential is better.

    When we talk about Deshaun Thomas, Marquis Teague, Dominique Ferguson type players we are mixing it up with Top 20 recruits, not Top 100.

    Let's see what he can do it should be exciting. If we lock down a few Top 20 recruits in a single class I think we have our answer.

    In other news, I am a subscriber to IU on the Rivals site and last month there was a Q&A with one of their staff. Many of the questions addressed the 2009 class, upside etc. The name he kept bringing up was none other than Bawa Maniru. Three or four times if I recall. If this is the case then it's a pleasant surprise because many of us noted it would take him a few years. If his predictions are true, take the '09 class up another notch. Apparently this 7 footer can run like the wind.

  • MillaRed

    It looks to me like the next 6 months are going to tell us a lot about what the combination of Crean & IU can bring into the mix. The 2009 class is one of the better ones but on paper the 2010 and 2011 potential is better.

    When we talk about Deshaun Thomas, Marquis Teague, Dominique Ferguson type players we are mixing it up with Top 20 recruits, not Top 100.

    Let's see what he can do it should be exciting. If we lock down a few Top 20 recruits in a single class I think we have our answer.

    In other news, I am a subscriber to IU on the Rivals site and last month there was a Q&A with one of their staff. Many of the questions addressed the 2009 class, upside etc. The name he kept bringing up was none other than Bawa Maniru. Three or four times if I recall. If this is the case then it's a pleasant surprise because many of us noted it would take him a few years. If his predictions are true, take the '09 class up another notch. Apparently this 7 footer can run like the wind.

  • VLAD

    Never seen him play, but I am confindent that Coach Crean is recruiting good all ’round kids that can play. I like that he is from Hoosier-Land. This is getting exciting. Go IU!

  • Kelin Blab

    Milla I hope like Hell Bawa is a pleasant surprise….I am so tired of IU going in to every season with a 6 foot and under team……for once if we can get some post players that at least can defend, dunk, and clog up the lane…..

  • Kelin Blab

    Milla I hope like Hell Bawa is a pleasant surprise….I am so tired of IU going in to every season with a 6 foot and under team……for once if we can get some post players that at least can defend, dunk, and clog up the lane…..

  • Kelin Blab

    Milla I hope like Hell Bawa is a pleasant surprise….I am so tired of IU going in to every season with a 6 foot and under team……for once if we can get some post players that at least can defend, dunk, and clog up the lane…..

  • MillaRed

    Agreed. If we have a 7 footer running around making a difference it will snap a 2 decade streak of vertical challenges.

    We've had power forwards in the 5 spot for as long as I can remember!

  • MillaRed

    Agreed. If we have a 7 footer running around making a difference it will snap a 2 decade streak of vertical challenges.

    We've had power forwards in the 5 spot for as long as I can remember!

  • MillaRed

    Agreed. If we have a 7 footer running around making a difference it will snap a 2 decade streak of vertical challenges.

    We've had power forwards in the 5 spot for as long as I can remember!

  • Moose

    I know he was suspended for at least one game this year, but outside of that I'm not sure. He was very quick and athletic and drove to the hoop quite easily. Pretty explosive as well.

  • Moose

    I know he was suspended for at least one game this year, but outside of that I'm not sure. He was very quick and athletic and drove to the hoop quite easily. Pretty explosive as well.

  • Moose

    I know he was suspended for at least one game this year, but outside of that I'm not sure. He was very quick and athletic and drove to the hoop quite easily. Pretty explosive as well.

  • Jumbo

    Sounds like he like every coach and every program. He seems to be keeping his options open and the truth is no one knows where he will end up. All any program can do is keep up the recruiting and hope!!!

  • Jumbo

    Sounds like he like every coach and every program. He seems to be keeping his options open and the truth is no one knows where he will end up. All any program can do is keep up the recruiting and hope!!!

  • Jumbo

    Sounds like he like every coach and every program. He seems to be keeping his options open and the truth is no one knows where he will end up. All any program can do is keep up the recruiting and hope!!!

  • Travis Guffey

    I really feel like Indiana basketball will make it to the tournament next year. With all the talent we have coming in its hard to disagree with. GO HOOSIERS!!!

  • Travis Guffey

    I really feel like Indiana basketball will make it to the tournament next year. With all the talent we have coming in its hard to disagree with. GO HOOSIERS!!!

  • Travis Guffey

    I really feel like Indiana basketball will make it to the tournament next year. With all the talent we have coming in its hard to disagree with. GO HOOSIERS!!!

  • Travis Guffey

    I really feel like Indiana basketball will make it to the tournament next year. With all the talent we have coming in its hard to disagree with. GO HOOSIERS!!!