Louisville junior guard Wayne Blackshear has had high expectations since arriving on campus.
Unfortunately the Chicago native has had a tough road with two serious shoulder surgeries since 2011.
Blackshear is finally 100% healthy, not only physically, but mentally as well. Rick Pitino has spoke very highly of Blackshear throughout the offseason and expects a solid season from the former McDonalds All American.
The recent suspension of forward Chane Behanan will require the entire roster to step up in his absence, however Blackshear in particular is expected to fill Behanan’s void.
Rick Pitino said during last week’s press conference that he’ll move Wayne to the power forward position while Behanan serves his suspension.
At 6-foot-5, 230-poudnds, Blackshear isn’t your typical power forward. However, he’s more than confident at stepping up and playing whatever position the team needs him to.
“Wherever they put me, I’m ready,” Blackshear said following the third Red & White game over the weekend. “I feel like I can play the four. Once I get adjusted to learning the plays at the four, I’ll be comfortable.”
We’ve seen seen Rick Pitino use similar lineups in previous seasons. Former swing-man Kyle Kuric was more of a perimeter player, but Pitino played him at the four on multiple occasions throughout his career.
I think it’ll give me a little bit of an advantage at the four with tip-ins just garbage buckets,” Blackshear says. “I’ll be able to really spread the floor on offense, considering we do a lot of pick and pop. Even on the fast breaks, I think I can get up and down the floor quicker than the average big man”
In the three Red & White scrimmages, Blackshear averaged an impressive 14.5 points and eight rebounds per game.