Blackshear Among SI’s 10 “Difference Makers” for 2012-13

Posted on Aug 3 2012 - 11:28pm by Ethan Moore

Louisville's Wayne Blackshear could be the difference between the Cardinals being good or being a title contender.

Wayne Blackshear’s breakout performance against Kentucky in the Final Four continues to gain national steam ahead for the 2012-13 season.  He’s listed among ten players that are likely to be difference makers for their respective teams.  Here’s the blurb from Sports Illustrated….

Wayne Blackshear, Louisville:Blackshear is one of the guys that everyone is expecting to have a big year in 2012-13. After battling a shoulder injury for much of his freshman campaign, the former top 30 recruit rebounded and put together a couple of impressive performances once he returned — 13 points in his debut against West Virginia, nine points in 14 minutes in the Final Four against Kentucky. Blackshear could end up being the difference between Louisville having a good year and Louisville being a national title favorite. The Cardinals are tough defensively, they have perimeter playmakers (Peyton Siva, Russ Smith, Luke Hancock) and they have talent and size up front (Gorgui Dieng, Chane Behanan, Montrezl Harrell). What they don’t have is a consistent, big-time scorer on the perimeter, a guy that can ensure the floor is spread with his ability to shoot. That’s Blackshear when he’s at his best.

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