By Joe Henricksen
The rumbling of Morgan Park star Wayne Blackshear heading to Louisville has been heard for several months. Now it's official as Blackshear is a Cardinal.
Blackshear's AAU coach, Mike Irvin of the Mac Irvin Fire, confirmed Christmas Day that Illinois' No. 1 player in the Class of 2011 has committed to coach Rick Pitino and Louisville.
The 6-5 highly-athletic wing has been among the top players in his class since the day he entered high school at Curie. This summer, however, Blackshear took a major step in his development with some impressive performances, especially in front of a lot of eyes in Las Vegas. Blackshear has continued his rise with a dominating first month of the high school season while leading Morgan Park into the rankings.
Blackshear's body is college ready as a junior in high school, with an ideal frame and size to play the wing at the high-major level. In fact, Blackshear is pretty similar to recent Louisville star and current NBA rookie Terrence Williams. He's an athletic specimen with size and strength that allows him to overpower players around the basket and along the baseline, where he has a knack for finishing in traffic. What is particularly impressive with Blackshear is how he has shown major improvements in different parts of his game. He's become a much more reliable shooter and, as a result, has become much more productive on a consistent basis.