INDIANAPOLIS — Jeff Teague has been a Wake Forest fan since Chris Paul played there. So when he got a scholarship offer from them late last spring it was “a dream come true,” he said.
But what sealed it was his visit to the Winston-Salem and the size of Wake Forest’s campus.
“I wanted a place where the classes were smaller,” he said. “I like to get to know the teachers, and for them to get to know me. I don’t feel like at a big school that I’d learn as well.”
On his visit Teague also watched the team workout and sat in on a video session, neither of which he got to do at Indiana. Wake coaches showed him a typical scouting report, this one on former Duke star J.J. Reddick. Included in the film reel was every single shot he had taken leading up to the game with the Demon Deacons.
“That really impressed him,” said Pike coach Billy Wright. “He’s got a very high basketball IQ and will be a kid who really uses that information.”
Teague said Indiana did a great job recruiting him, but that he did feel the new coaches were scrambling a bit.
“You can tell they’re headed in the right direction,” Teague said. “Maybe they weren’t able to do as much in the spring because they had to get organized, but they’re going to get some good players.”
Teague said that fellow Indianapolis guard Eric Gordon — who apparently will be in Bloomington tonight — did tell him that he and Indiana are talking. But Gordon’s situation didn’t influence Teague’s decision.