Tag:Wayne Blackshear
Posted on: February 9, 2012 1:54 pm

Pitino: Talented frosh Blackshear cleared to play

By Jeff Goodman

Louisville will finally get talented freshman Wayne Blackshear back. 

Cardinals coach Rick Pitino said on SiriusXM's Inside College Basketball that the Chicago native, who has been out all season with various injuries and ailments, could make his college basketball debut on Feb. 18 at DePaul. 

"He's been cleared to play in games," Pitino said. "We're shooting for another week at Depaul, but I don't want to rush him." 

"He's obviously going to be very good down the road and we think he'll make an impact this year, but he won't start for us," Pitino added. "He'll be a factor, though." 

The 6-foot-5 wing was the highest-rated player -- and was the McDonald's All-American Game -- in Pitino's incoming freshman class, one that also included Chane Behanan. 

Blackshear has missed the entire season after suffering a torn labrum in practice prior to the start of the year. 

Posted on: January 27, 2012 3:23 pm
Edited on: January 27, 2012 7:08 pm

Rick Pitino's Cards finally settling on roles

By Jeff Goodman

Rick Pitino knows what to expect now. 

Mike Marra isn't walking through that door. Neither is Rakeem Buckles. Louisville's coach also says it's highly unlikely that big man Stephan Van Treese will return this season and the timetable for talented freshman Wayne Blackshear has been pushed back to March due to one issue after another. 

"We've been so used to shuffling the lineup," Pitino said. "This group has weathered the storm and outside of one game, they've played good basketball." 

If you had told Pitino and Cardinals fans that with this rash of injuries, their team would still be 15-5 overall, they would have gladly taken it. However, after a 12-0 start, many that frequent the Yum! Center had a false sense of what this team is all about. 

It's a good team, but not a great one. 

Even with a healthy Marra, Buckles and Van Treese, it's probably not a team capable of cutting down any nets - whether it be in Madison Square Garden or New Orleans. 

But Pitino still doesn't feel as though it's out of the question for this group -- now that roles are becoming clearer -- to make a run at second place in the Big East. Right now Louisville sits at 4-4 in the league, just two games behind second-place Georgetown and Marquette. 

"It's possible," Pitino said.

Peyton Siva played well in the second half against Pittsburgh and also in the victory over Villanova, but Pitino said the key to this team -- as much as anything else these days - is making certain that much-improved big man Gorgui Dieng is on the floor as much as possible. 

"We're a good team as long as he's on the floor," Pitino said. "He's our most valuable player." 

Pitino said that Blackshear, the prize of a stellar recruiting class that also consisted of Chane Behanan, Zach Price and Kevin Ware, has only practiced once since returning from the shoulder injury that has kept him on the shelf all season. A stomach flu has shut him down since then. 

"I was hoping to get him back for the Big East regular-season, but now I'm hoping we can have him for the Big East tournament," Pitino said. "If he practices well, we'll play him. If not, he'll redshirt." 

Ware, who joined the team after the first semester, isn't ready to contribute. "I like him, but he's not ready -- and it's not his fault. It'd rather go with Elijah Justice as my fourth guard right now." 

Pitino said that he may start to play Price, who has seen in action in just eight games this season, especially against big front lines. The last week or so was the first time all season when this group practiced knowing what it had in its arsenal. 

"I still like this team," he said.

Especially in a league that isn't quite as top-heavy as in recent years. 

"The top four aren't as good as they've been in the past," he said. "But the bottom is also better. It seems like anyone is capable of beating anyone." 

Pitino went onto say that's the way it is around the entire country -- except for maybe one program that resides down the road. 

"Kentucky is the only dominant team in terms of talent," he said.

Pitino gushed about Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, about his talent, attitude and motor. "He's going to get better and better," he said. 

And the secret to knocking off the Wildcats?

"You've got to find a way to get (Anthony) Davis off the court," Pitino said. "You've got to get him in foul trouble and make sure he plays less than 25 minutes." 

Posted on: November 2, 2011 2:30 pm

Louisville could get Blackshear back by December

By Matt Norlander

The Louisville Cardinals are becoming an prime example of attrition's impact on a college basketball team.

Coach Rick Pitino said on radio Tuesday night that his team was dealing with yet two more injuries: Peyton Siva (concussion) and Mike Marra (back). Both are unvailable for Louisville's scrimmage Thursday night against Bellarmine. Normally I think exhibitions are completely meaningless and don't serve as a fortune teller in any mild way.

But with Louisville, the team's probably going to have to examine what it has left and use that exhibition as a litmus test for which players can do what in emergency situations.

The good news: Pitino also said on his radio show that Wayne Blackshear, the highly touted freshman shooting guard, is anticipated to return to the team within six to eight weeks. So, by Christmastime. The initial fear/diagnosis was that Blackshear's shoulder injury and subsequent surgery would sideline for the entire season.

But it turns out the McDonald's All-American should be on the court in time for the big game at Rupp Arena, against Kentucky, on New Year's Eve. Wouldn't that be something? He'll probably aim to get back at least one game before that -- it'd be best not to throw Blackshear into that kind of fire.
Posted on: October 28, 2011 7:34 pm
Edited on: October 28, 2011 7:34 pm

UL's Blackshear out for year with shoulder injury

By Gary Parrish

Louisville freshman Wayne Blackshear will miss the entire season with a shoulder injury.

Blackshear has a torn labrum, according to coach Rick Pitino.

It will require surgery.

Blackshear is a McDonald's All-American whom CBSSports.com ranked No. 24 in the Class of 2011. He was battling academic questions until last week, but he was ultimately cleared by the NCAA. The 6-foot-5 wing figured to play a prominent role for the Cardinals, and he still will ... but not until the 2012-13 season.
Posted on: October 21, 2011 7:58 pm

Blackshear cleared to play for Louisville

By Gary Parrish

The NCAA informed Louisville on Friday that McDonald's All-American Wayne Blackshear has been cleared to compete as a freshman, a source confirmed to CBSSports.com. The news was first reported by Scout.com's Evan Daniels.

CBSSports.com reported last weekend that Blackshear wasn't yet through the NCAA Clearinghouse.

"But Wayne's situation is, I think, pretty good," Louisville coach Rick Pitino said at the time. "We are optimistic."

For good reason, apparently. A source told CBSSports.com that Louisville learned Blackshear had been cleared toward the end of Friday's practice. He will likely be held out of Saturday's practice because, the source added, the 6-foot-5 wing "won't be ready. "

"But he'll go Monday," the source said.

CBSSports.com rated Blackshear as the 24th-best prospect in the Class of 2011.
Posted on: October 16, 2011 11:50 am
Edited on: October 16, 2011 11:51 am

Louisville freshman still waiting to be cleared

By Gary Parrish

LOUISVILLE -- A shoulder injury has Louisville's Wayne Blackshear unable to practice.

But the NCAA Clearinghouse is delaying his college career, too.

"It's just a matter of the Clearinghouse clearing him," Louisville coach Rick Pitino told CBSSports.com, meaning the Clearinghouse hasn't yet cleared the McDonald's All-American to compete as a freshman.

Blackshear is a 6-foot-5 wing from Chicago.

CBSSports.com rated him as the 24th-best prospect in the Class of 2011.

"Yes," Pitino answered when asked if he's optimistic Blackshear will get through the Clearinghouse. "They're being a lot tougher this year than they have been in the past. But Wayne's situation is, I think, pretty good. We are optimistic."

To Pitino's point about the Clearinghouse being "a lot tougher this year," Kansas announced Friday that two of its freshmen -- Ben McLemore and Jamari Traylor -- have been ruled ineligible. St. John's has had three heralded freshmen ruled ineligible. UCF's top recruit, Michael Chandler, also failed to make it through the Clearinghouse.

This development is not the first problem with Louisville's recruiting class.

Kevin Ware, a 6-4 guard from Georgia, was ruled ineligible last month, but he could join the Cardinals in December if his SAT score increases. Pitino said Ware is scheduled to retake the SAT next week. Meantime, McDonald's All-American Chane Behanan also didn't open practice with his teammates. The 6-6 forward watched Saturday's workouts with a boot on his right foot because of a sprained ankle suffered in Friday night's scrimmage.

"But he'll be ready by Monday," Pitino said.
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