This may sound crazy to some Louisville fans, but when Wayne Blackshear verbally committed to Rick Pitino in 2009, it was a very big deal. Outside of Samardo Samuels, Blackshear was the highest rated prospect to commit to Louisville in Pitino’s tenure.
Because he committed so early, fans spent nearly two years salivating at the thought of a McDonalds All American scoring guard thriving in Rick Pitino’s offense. While Blackshear has had some bright moments in his career, as he heads into his senior season, he hasn’t come close to living up to the lofty expectations.
Rick Pitino was critical of Blackshear in his season ending press conference.
“The only player I’ve had that hasn’t had substantial improvement is Wayne Blackshear. And if you ask me to rate him on a 10-star scale as a person, I’d give you an 11,” Pitino said.
“I told Wayne yesterday you need to get yourself in this game. Now he’ll show up for practice and give you 100 percent. But that’s not what our players do here. The...