Blackshear Starts Season on Fire

Wayne Blackshear

What's gotten into Wayne? The 6-foot-4 Chicagoan, ranked No. 4 by Scout.com is smoking hot, tossing in 35 points a night for Morgan Park.

Wayne Blackshear certainly is ready for his junior season. It seems like 2011 wings are primed for a big year as P.J. Hairston dropped 53 over the weekend and then Blackshear went big for Morgan Park.

in a recent game against Ryan Boatright (21 points) the 6-foot-4 Morgan Park standout went for 42 points and 18 rebounds against East Aurora.

"He's been on tear, dang," Morgan Park coach Nick Irvin said. "Now he's just taking it to another level."

Blackshear has seen some unique defenses already this season but he's conquered them all. "Nobody is guarding me different," Blackshear said. "They play different defenses on me. The strangest was the box and one but that's not that strange (for me)."

Blackshear, ranked No. 12 by Scout.com, is blitzing opponents. He's going for 35-plus a night and he attributes the success to his new coach and comfort zone which has increased in size.

"I think it's my confidence," Blackshear said. "Its getting higher and higher and I'm getting more comfortable on the court."

For a guy who was once close to committing to Louisville, the ball's in his court now as the suitors pile on. Marquette, Louisville, Texas, Kentucky, Southern Illinois, Illinois, Kansas, Michigan State and UNLV are in the mix.

Blackshear admits it's a little strange having been so close to committing to Rick Pitino but said he's more comfortable waiting now. "You know how you feel about the school but then you change your mind real quick. My parents and I talked and they just felt like I should wait."

Irvin doesn't seem to think Blackshear is in any hurry to decide and the parade of head coaches that has come through Morgan Park is an indicator of his intentions to let the recruitment run its course.

"He's just trying to let it play out. He's focusing on his books and basketball. I think after next summer he'll make his decision. You never know."

Blackshear will take a series of unofficial visits during the season. He'll attend games at Michigan State, Kentucky and Illinois this year.

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