Recruitment blowing up for 2012 big man McGary

(Photo creditJamie Owens of J. Scott Sports)

A year ago, Mitch McGary’s recruitment was limited due to question marks about his academics.

So the 6-foot-11, 255-pound Chesterton native made the decision to transfer to Brewster Academy in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire to focus on getting his grades in order and also to play against some of the country’s top competition.

Fast forward to the spring of 2011 and McGary, now a member of the class of 2012, is making waves as one of the nation’s most sought after big men.

“It’s been blowing up actually the last couple of weeks,” McGary told Inside the Hall on Sunday at the adidas May Classic. “I think it’s been mainly because I moved out to Brewster. The transition out there got me better on and off the court. Grades were a factor for most schools last year, but now my grades are well.”

The list of schools in regular contact with McGary is impressive. He reeled off Duke, Texas, Arizona, Florida, Florida State, Michigan, Indiana, Purdue, West Virginia, Connecticut, Kentucky, Kansas, Memphis, Louisville and Maryland as schools showing interest.

The move to Brewster has not only helped McGary academically, it’s also helped him transform his body.

“I’ve gained about 30 pounds, but I’ve cut out all the fat. A lot more lean muscle,” he said. “My endurance, I haven’t been showing it a lot lately but my motor is what the coaches usually like and how I hustle after rebounds.”

With time on his side in the decision making process, McGary described himself as “wide open” and noted that he would probably would not make a decision until late. Proximity to home doesn’t seem to be a factor, either.

“I think it’s just whatever school fits me best,” McGary said. “I moved out to Brewster and I transition and now I’m probably farther away at prep school than I would be at any college. I’m like 18 hours from my hometown, so I don’t think I can get any farther than that.”

Indiana, as noted above, remains in the picture with the Brewster big man.

“They are,” McGary said. “But I don’t know if they have any scholarships, so I’m not sure.”

Related:

- Pittsburgh Jam Fest HD Video: Mitch McGary highlights (April 18, 2011)
- McGary has Indiana offer for 2011, unsure on 2012
(December 8, 2010)

  • Kelin Blab

    First McGary being aware of our scholly situation is a little concerning. I think the move to brewster moved IU out of the picture as he has seen what else is out there. I put our chances at 20% tops. I think he fills a great need at IU but not his disconnect from the state of Indiana I think has hurt IU. 

  • Kelin Blab

    First McGary being aware of our scholly situation is a little concerning. I think the move to brewster moved IU out of the picture as he has seen what else is out there. I put our chances at 20% tops. I think he fills a great need at IU but not his disconnect from the state of Indiana I think has hurt IU. 

  • HoosierNshaker

    Sounds like a great player with the tenacity the Hoosiers lack…too bad it sounds like if we don’t get him an open scholly for 2012 IU is out of the picture.  I would like to see openings for Gary Harris and Mitch McGary for 2012.

  • LTTelamon

     Guaranteed every other school in the picture is letting him know exactly where we stand. The negative recruiting on IU has got to be pretty heavy by now.

  • Anonymous

    My Man Mitch!  We need to get McGary.  I think he and Zeller would be an unbelievable front court, especially with Hanner and Jurkin…unreal.

    We need to figure out the scholarship situation…quickly! 

  • http://www.twitter.com/GBuc12 BaseballBuc

     Saw this kid in high school at Chesterton and was not impressed. He seems to have really developed as of late. His recruiting process has been interesting. Purdue was the first school to offer him a scholly as a freshman I believe. But he totally spurned the Boilers as, I’m not even sure if he’s been there for a visit. But nonetheless, I still don’t think he’s Hoosier bound, but stranger things have happened. I.E. signing Remy Abell.

  • IUeconAlum

    I don’t care who, but Mitch or Gary needs to be a Hoosier. 

  • http://www.insidethehall.com/ Alex Bozich

    Just so there’s not any confusion on McGary’s comment about the scholarships, here’s the question I asked: “What about Indiana? I know they were interested in you for 2011, are they still recruiting you for ’12?”

  • Anonymous

    I have heard a rumor that crean might be pulling Patterson’s offer because he has some major grade issues right now. And no I dont believe it has anything to do with this weekend. Like I said it was just a rumor so don’t go crazy on me… but I will say I have heard this from more than one person… 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ACALW5FUZXPFLFCFLI5RTVBMKY UK Blue

    He must have made a drastic turn around that A-list of schools to have seriously made any contact. I have seen him through the years and have NEVER been impressed. He was a prima donna at Chesterton and washed out. 

  • Kelin Blab

     Abell helps us 1000% more this year than McGary or Harris.

  • http://www.insidethehall.com/ Alex Bozich

    Just had to delete two comments from this thread. I think we’ve made it clear what is and is not acceptable to post, but unsubstantiated rumors or speculation that is a detriment to a kid will be removed.

  • Anonymous

    “I don’t know if they have any scholarships …”. Neither do ANY of us know!

  • Anonymous

    You are correct sir.

  • Anonymous

     I must be in the minority, but I think Abell is going to be a good player for us.  A big PG is on every team’s wishlist, and we have one now.

  • Kelin Blab

     I will be part of that minority too because a 6’4 PG is even better. For all I hoped that JR could become I hope Remy fills that void, big PG that can defend, get to the basket, and make open shots.

  • Anonymous

     Put me on the Abell list as well.  Watching some video on him made me think he’s the type of player IU needs right now.  I hope he can get on track quickly and be a solid help this season. 

  • Plane1972

    Agreed! 

  • Marquisimo

    I have had the opportunity to officiate his AAU team multiple times over the past two years…officiated them Friday night at Assembly Hall…he is a very good player…improved a lot since last year…he is a big man who can run the floor, rebound, block shots, very good perimeter shooter…lacks a little on footwork in the post…but can certainly play…if Indiana can land him…I think it would be a GREA get…especially in Coach Crean’s system 

  • Anonymous

    I don’t know about you guys, but I would much rather have McGary than Harris.  

  • unclekerfuffle

    Count me as being in Remy’s corner as well.

  • MPmike

    What is the deal with these rankings or did they over hyped the IU recruits in the past rankings? Every player in the 2012 class had fell well below their previous rankings. Ron Patterson fell from 70′s to 115 and Peter Jurkin is not even in the top 150. Then you have a player like McGary who was ranked from 90′s to top 5. It doesn’t make any sense. 

  • eph521

     Yeah, I think 20% is being optimistic. Maybe 2% is more accurate.

  • Anonymous

    On a semi-related note, did anyone see the SI article listing Caleb Tarczewski as one of about 10 players to watch who are still unsigned?

  • Hoosier Clarion

     My thought exactly.

     With schollies being 1 year renewable the only thing to figure out is who keeps them and who will not.  Looking at it that way makes the wants/needs list doable.  

  • Hoosier Clarion

    I would be very interested tp know where Marcus Paige(Tar Heel pg commit)would rank Ron Patterson on that list after having to deal with him at the Run-n-Slam.  He will want to take a double dose of Dramamine before he receives his next lesson from RP.  

  • Hoosier Clarion

    I would be very interested tp know where Marcus Paige(Tar Heel pg commit)would rank Ron Patterson on that list after having to deal with him at the Run-n-Slam.  He will want to take a double dose of Dramamine before he receives his next lesson from RP.  

  • Anonymous

    I don’t know if this is totally true or not, but I remember when we had our run of commitments that people were saying their rankings would suffer for it.  I’m not sure why exactly although I imagine an underclassman who has already committed just doesn’t look as appealing.  Plus, there’s probably a decent amount of politicking for the rankings and if guys don’t need to be highly ranked, they won’t do what it takes for the higher ranking.  Especially for the ’12 guys on the IE team, when they play AAU they can work on passing, team defense, etc. rather than individual play b/c they don’t need to worry about attracting college teams.

  • Anonymous

    Interesting point… 

  • RobD

    you’re making quite an assumption–that McGary is dying to go to IU  

  • BFBlog

    are there any updates on Patterson’s displeasure with the AAU team? I can’t imagine a switch in team would be a good sign for maintaining his commitment going forward. 

  • Glawton12

     While I like the idea of McGary and/or Harris playing for IU, is there some concern for what a seven member class would do to a program?  I feel like five is kind of large and atypical for a class, let alone six or seven.  Even if one of them were to leave early for the NBA, that’s still basically half a team leaving the year they graduate.  Maybe such large classes are more common than I’m aware of, but I’m curious as to why nobody is at all concerned about this.

  • Guest

    “Grades were a factor for most schools last year, but now my grades are well.”…..uhh, OK.  Keep studying when to use the words well vs. good.

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