Wayne Blackshear Bio - GoCards.com | Official Website of University of Louisville Athletics


Wayne Blackshear
Wayne  Blackshear


Chicago, Ill.

High School:
Morgan Park

Height / Weight:
6-5 / 215




Louisville Athletics Presents Awards at The Louies

Nick Burdi and Kelsi Worrell earned the adidas High Performance Athlete of the Year awards.


Men's Basketball Falls to Michigan State, 76-70, in Overtime

Wayne Blackshear had 28 points for the Cardinals


NCAA Tournament Postgame Quotes: Louisville vs. Michigan State

Louisville falls to Michigan State, 76-70


Louisville Outlasts NC State 75-65 to reach the Elite 8

Montrezl Harrell had 24 points to lead the Cardinals to the regional finals.


Louisville Returns to the Sweet Sixteen With 66-53 Victory Over Northern Iowa

The Cardinals reach the Sweet Sixteen for the fourth straight season.



Louisville Men's Basketball v Michigan State | NCAA Elite 8


NCAA Tournament: Louisville vs Michigan State

Louisville takes on Michigan State in the Elite 8 of the NCAA Tournament



Louisville Men's Basketball | NCAA Regional Final Media Day



Louisville Men's Basketball v NC State | Ncaa Sweet 16


Men's Basketball vs. NC State - Sweet 16

NCAA Basketball: NCAA Tournament-East Regional-Louisville vs North Carolina State (USATSI)

Junior Year:

  • Started 18 games at small forward for the Cardinals as a junior, averaging 8.2 points.
  • Ranked eighth in the American Athletic Conference in three-point percentage (.395).
  • Has 25 double-digit career scoring games, including 14 as a junior.
  • Posted 11 points, with three treys, against Connecticut in the Cardinals' home finale.
  • Scored a collegiate-best 23 points on 8-of-10 shooting against Houston. He was 5-of-6 from beyond the arc, a career best for three-pointers made, while grabbing a season-high seven rebounds.
  • Scored 13 points at Temple with a pair of threes after missing the Houston game due to a concussion.
  • Had 16 points off the bench at USF on 5-of-6 shooting, including three 3-pointers. He also had two steals.
  • Tallied 13 points at Rutgers, along with four rebounds, two blocks, and two steals.
  • Had one of his most complete games, totaling 15 points, five rebounds, and four steals against Louisiana- Lafayette. He made a career-best nine free throws on 10 attempts and hit two three-pointers.
  • Scored 20 against Cornell on 6-of-7 shooting, including four three-pointers.
  • Wore number 20 during his sophomore and junior years.

Sophomore Year:

  • Totaled 12 points, five rebounds and a career-high matching four steals against North Carolina A&T in the NCAA Second Round.
  • Scored a season-high 19 points at Rutgers in just 14 minutes, making 7-of-11 field goals (3-of-5 threes).
  • Earned the prestigious 2013 NCAA Elite 89 Award, presented to the student-athlete with the highest cumulative grade-point average participating at the finals site for each of the NCAA's championships. Blackshear has a cumulative 3.55 GPA in communication.
  • Hit 45 three-pointers as a sophomore (3rd on team).
  • His 298 points scored in 39 games were more than eight times his freshman year total. He scored in double figures in 10 games and totaled eight or more points on 17 occasions, including scoring eight against Michigan in the national championship game.
  • Scored 17 points at Villanova, matching his fourth-highest point total. He made a career-high 5-of-8 three-pointers and collected a career-best four steals in the game.
  • Scored 17 points and grabbed seven rebounds against Western Kentucky (3-of-6 three-point goals).
  • Scored 18 points vs. FIU and grabbed a career-best matching eight rebounds (4-of-8 threes).
  • Scored 18 points at College of Charleston, adding four rebounds, three steals and two assists (3-of-7 3FGs).

Freshman Year:

  • Shoulder surgery sidelined him for much of his freshman season, but he began to recover late in the season and had a productive off-season in returning to form.
  • Suffered a torn labrum in his right shoulder on Oct 28, 2011 and had surgery on Nov. 1 to repair the damage. He began non-contact drills in early January, began practicing with the team on Feb. 1 and was medically cleared to play on Feb. 8.
  • Saw his first action of the season at West Virginia on Feb. 11 in the Cards' 25th game of the year. He totaled 13 points, four rebounds, one steal and one blocked shot in his debut on his 20th birthday (5-of-9 FG, 3-of- 5 3FG). His 13 points tied for the eighth-highest scoring output in a UofL freshman debut.
  • Contributed nine points, four rebounds and a pair of dunks in 14 minutes off the bench in the national semifinals against Kentucky.
  • Made his first career start against Syracuse (3/3), contributing four points and an assist.
  • Wore number 25 as a freshman.

High School:

  • Averaged 32.6 points, 14.6 rebounds, 5.6 assists and 3.7 steals as a senior to lead Morgan Park to a 20-7 record and the 3-A sectional finals, beating defending 3A state champions Hillcrest in the semifinals.
  • 2011 McDonald's and Parade Magazine All-America selection.
  • Named the 2011 Chicago Sun-Times Player of the Year and was a two-time all-area selection.
  • Ranked No. 16 nationally by Scout.com, No. 26 in the ESPN 100, 36th by Rivals.com, No. 29 by USA Today recruiting analyst Rob Harrington, and was third among shooting guards nationally by Scout.com. He was in the top five in the voting for the 2010 and 2011 Illinois Mr. Basketball award.
  • Top scoring effort as a senior was 56 points against Chicago Ellison, adding 21 rebounds, nine blocked shots and seven steals in the game.
  • Suffered a dislocated left shoulder in a collision in practice prior to competing in the McDonald's All-American game. He had surgery soon thereafter to repair his injury.
  • Averaged 29.2 points and 14.2 rebounds as a junior to lead Morgan Park to the 2010 Chicago Public League title. Blackshear's score with 13.4 seconds left was the game-winner in the Mustangs' 61-60 victory over Marshall in the championship game of the tournament. The CPL title was just the fourth since 1901 for Morgan Park, who fell in the Class 4A Oak Lawn Regional finals to Bogan, 59-55 (a game in which Blackshear scored 34 points, including 22 in the first half).
  • As a junior, Blackshear earned Class 4A first-team all-state honors from the Associated Press and Chicago Tribune.
  • Blackshear produced 41 points, 21 rebounds, and six blocks in Morgan Park's 76-74 overtime win against Hyde Park in the semifinals of the CPL tournament last year. He scored 42 points in a 77-47 win over Uplift, including 19 points during a 37-11 third-quarter run for Morgan Park. He totalled 42 points and 18 rebounds in an 82-69 triumph over East Aurora, with both outings coming during the Mustangs' 12-game season-opening winning streak.
  • Played for the USA 2011 squad at the 2010 adidas Nations Global Experience, held Aug. 5-9, 2010 in Chicago. He averaged 10.5 points in six games as his USA 2011 team defeated USA 2012 in the championship game 82-68.
  • Participated in the NBPA Top 100 Camp in the summer of 2010 and scored 27 points in his team's final contest.
  • Honored as the MVP at the Reebok All-American Camp in Philadelphia, Pa., in the summer of 2008 after posting a game-high 16 points in the camp's underclassman all-star game.
  • Played his freshman and half of his sophomore seasons at Chicago Curie High School.
  • Also considered Illinois, Texas and Kentucky before signing with the Cardinals.


  • Born Feb. 11, 1992 ... Son of Carol Blackshear and Kevin Thomas ... Has two sisters (Laquisha, Janeisha) ... Major is communication.
  • Enjoys drawing in his spare time.
  • Best moment of his athletic career to date was winning the NCAA Championship.
  • Chose to attend UofL because "it was the best place for me."
  • Best basketball advice given to him was to stay positive.
  • Most proud of "everything I overcame."
  • Personal goal at UofL is to repeat as champions.
  • His stepfather Kevin Thomas has had the greatest influence on his athletic career.
  • Among reality shows, he feels he would fare best on Real Husbands of Hollywood.
  • When he played basketball as a kid, he pretended he was Tracy McGrady.
  • Best thing about being a Cardinal is his teammates.
  • What impresses him the most about Coach Pitino: his passion for the game.
  • Would most like to meet Tracy McGrady.


  • Basketball Player: Carmelo Anthony
  • NBA Team: Chicago Bulls
  • Athlete, Other than a basketball player: Cam Newton
  • Movies: The Dark Knight
  • TV Shows: Wayan Brothers, Martin
  • Actor: Eddie Murphy
  • Comedian: Kevin Hart
  • Web Site: YouTube
  • Musical Group/Singer: Drake, Wiz Khalifa, Jay-Z, J. Cole
  • Foods: chicken
  • Vacation spot: Los Angeles
  • Best Player Ever Faced: Jeremy Pargo
Official Online Store