Marquis Teague Picks Calipari, Kentucky
Marquis Teague, Scout.com's top-ranked point guard of the class of 2011, ended a "back and forth" recruitment process Thursday, choosing the Wildcats over rival Louisville, the latest in a series of high-ranked commitments for Kentucky.
"It's has been really close. I also had Cincinnati in there," Teague said in a press conference, according to the Louisville Courier-Journal. "People don't now I liked them a lot. Coach [Mick] Cronin and I are really close. It's been real tough. It's tough to tell coach Pitino no."
Teague, the younger brother of former Wake Forest star Jeff Teague, is the fourth high profile commitment to the Wildcats in the past eight days, following class of 2010 stars Brandon Knight, the top-ranked senior point guard and shooting guard Doron Lamb, as well as forward Michael Gilchrist, the top player of 2011.
In the end, Teague cited Calipari's clockwork procession of point guards to the NBA as his reason for choosing Kentucky. The Indianapolis point guard will be the latest phenom point guard to play under Calipari, following Derrick Rose and Tyreke Evans at Memphis and John Wall, the likely No. 1 pick in this year's NBA draft, and Eric Bledsoe at Kentucky this season.
"You see what Derrick Rose, Tyreke Evans and John Wall did and Brandon Knight is a great point guard coming in," Teague told the Courier-Journal. "He said (Knight) wouldn't be in my way if he stays. (Calipari) said, 'Did you see John Wall and Eric Bledsoe. You can be here doing that.' It's hard to say no when history speaks for itself. He has had some great point guards."
Teague shunned familiarity choosing the Wildcats. His father, Shawn Teague, played for Louisville coach Rick Pitino when Pitino was at Boston University. Shabaka Lands, a former assistant at Teague's Indianapolis high school, is entering his second year as an assistant for Louisville.
A junior, Teague cannot officially commit to Kentucky until November.