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Sunday / May 22.
  • Teague Latest to Pick Kentucky

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    Indianapolis Pike junior point guard Marquis Teague became the latest elite player to pick Kentucky Thursday when he made the announcement at his high school.

    “[Kentucky coach John Calipari] coaches guards real well and I want to be a great guard when it’s all said and done,” the 6-foot-2 Teague said, according to Jody Demling’s Twitter.

    Teague added that he’s not thinking about “one-and-done.” He just wants “to win.”

    Teague averaged 16.3 points, 4.6 assists and 1.6 steals last season as a junior.

    The No 1. point guard in the Class of 2011, Teague chose Kentucky over Louisville, Cincinnati, Indiana and Purdue.

    Louisville had long been considered the frontrunner. Shawn Teague, Marquis’ father, played for Cardinals coach Rick Pitino at Boston University.

    Marquis said he considered committing to Louisville on previous occasions.

    “I almost committed to Louisville twice but that just shows what coach Cal can do,” he said, according to Demling.

    “I can’t say either school was a better fit. But the school he picked is a good fit,” Shawn added.

    Seattle Garfield junior guard Tony Wroten, who earlier Tweeted that Teague had told him he would pick Kentucky, chimed in via Twitter.

    “I told y’all big blue nation. Mr. Teague is a kentucky wildcat. Great choice for my bro,” he tweeted.

    In a little more than a week, Kentucky has now landed 2010 players Brandon Knight and Doron Lamb and 2011 studs Michael Gilchrist and Teague, the top two players in that class.

    The Wildcats could lose five players, including four freshmen, to the upcoming NBA Draft, but are simply reloading for the future.

    Calipari previously told ESPNU that he hopes to bring in “five or six players” this year. The Wildcats currently have four commits for 2010 in Knight, Lamb, 6-9 center Enes Kanter of Simi Valley (Calif.) Stoneridge Prep and 6-5 wing Stacey Poole of the Jacksonville (Fla.) Providence School.

    Calipari told the network that last year’s Kentucky team demonstrated that a group of young talented players can achieve great things if they come to school together with a willingness to work hard.

    “If you want to go fast, go alone,” he told ESPNU. “If you want to go far, go together.”

    (Photo courtesy IndyStar.com)

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    Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle. A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.