Reports: IU offers Markus Howard, Kameron McGusty

  • 05/28/2015 9:56 am in

It continues to be a busy spring for recruiting for Indiana basketball as the Hoosier staff extended two scholarship offers on Wednesday, according to multiple reports.

Josh Gershon of Scout.com reports that class of 2017 Findlay Prep (Nev.) point guard Markus Howard received an IU offer on Wednesday and VerbalCommits.com reports that class of 2016 Katy (Texas) wing Kameron McGusty (pictured) picked up an offer from the Hoosiers.

The 5-foot-11 Howard, who is originally from Gilbert (Ariz.), is ranked the No. 41 prospect in his class according to the 247Composite. His father, Chuck, played running back for IU football and attended the university from 1981-86.

Howard, who plays AAU for the Las Vegas Prospects, is currently the third leading scorer in the Nike Elite Youth Basketball League (EYBL) at 20.2 points per game.

McGusty, who is rated a 3-star prospect by the 247Composite, appears to be a player on the rise. Through 12 games on the Under Armour Association circuit with the Houston Defenders, the 6-foot-5 McGusty is averaging 23 points and 5.2 rebounds per game.

He also has offers from Texas, Oklahoma, USC, Kansas and SMU.

(Photo credit: Chron.com)

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  • Robert Golden

    If Chuck gets the PG he wants in 2016, Howard and Scruggs won’t be IU targets.

  • IU track Alumni

    These 2 are really good. lots of comp to get them though. Nice to see some IU dads in the mix.

  • IU track Alumni

    Scruggs will be a top priority regardless who is on the roster. In state talent that can play multiple positions and is one of the top players in the country.

  • sarge

    Really impressed with the recruits from 2017! Lots of talent and polished players. It makes me feel good that we are on them early and some of the best of the bunch are from the basketball state.

  • Robert Golden

    It will be interesting to see how it all pans out.

  • TomJameson

    I don’t think that’s an accurate statement. He may have one “main” point guard, but he has several now that can (and do) play point – RJ as the best example. He also has a main center most of the time (now it’s TB), but several big bodies that can come in and out (Holt, Morgan, maybe Max).

  • Robert Golden

    Listen RJ can play the point if he’s asked but he doesn’t live in the lane attacking the paint. That’s where you want your PG.

  • IULore

    It’s called “college basketball”

  • Robert Golden

    Chill.

  • IU track Alumni

    I guess that depends on what your perspective of personnel would be but neither of us can speak for coach Crean. However, I don’t agree with you that one PG and one BIG is “enough” for Crean as he always has had multiple guards in the rotation and multiple frontcourt players as well. He also has emphasized that he likes to have more than one person handle point guard responsibilities. That is one of the main reasons we landed James and Rob.

  • hoosier93

    RJ also loves turnovers… and I’m not talking apple turnovers.

  • hoosier93

    Already got a 3 star offered. Nice. Forgot we were Valpo.

  • HoosierStuckInKY

    McGusty just doesn’t appear to be that athletic. Doesn’t look that quick or jump high at all. The lift he has on his jump shot is very below average. Most of those will get swatted into the 3rd row in college. A few of those break away dunks he barely grazed the rim. I know he is young and probably not 6’5″ but based on that “highlight” video I’m wondering if he could jump over a folding chair.

  • hoosier93

    Hey now.. that could be our amazing 3 star diamond in the rough.

  • SilentBob

    I guess Kansas did too

  • SilentBob

    Scruggs isn’t a true point guard. He is a combo guard like most of the guards Crean has targeted.

  • HoosierStuckInKY

    I really don’t place much stock in the number of stars kids have that are barely out of their HS sophomore years. So much can change in 2 years. I mean, weren’t Vic and Will 3 stars? They were nice additions to the team. D-wade was too I believe. My point is, just because he has 3 stars 2 years away from graduation isn’t the kiss of death. However, I do know that if you’re going to play for this era’s Hurryin’ Hoosiers, you better be able to hurry (jumping high doesn’t hurt either).

  • SCHoosier

    Howard = Yogi 2 with a softer jump shot and a little less quickness?

  • TomJameson

    IU track Alumni said it better about the one guard and one big idea, but I also disagree about having your PG live in the lane. I want my point guard out of the paint shooting threes, mid-range jumpers, distributing the ball, and just spreading the floor a lot. Yes, driving the lane for sure, but not living in the lane … not at all.

  • TomJameson

    Heck hoosier93, the kids only a sophomore! lol Give him time to make his way up the ranks, it is waaay early yet for those rating mean anything other than a general grouping. Not comparing the two, but Oladipo was only a 3 star when CTC recruited him.

  • Robert Golden

    Bruce Brown already plays the way CTC wanted Yogi. Taller but can attack the paint. Chuck will get his PG in 2016.

  • marcusgresham

    Again, Yogi’s TO% was higher his freshman year than Johnson’s

  • marcusgresham

    It also said “on the rise.” I’d prefer my coaches to go out and do the evaluations themselves rather than strictly base who they recruit on how many stars a website gave them.

  • hoosier93

    I wouldn’t call SMU a big time program by any means. Kansas and Texas can recruit who they want. They actually have good coaches.

  • hoosier93

    That’s 2 players. And Will was kinda disappointing his Senior year.

  • HoosierStuckInKY

    I’m certainly not saying every 3 star is a future NBA All-Star like Vic is. But being a 3 star player just outside your sophomore holds no limitations on how good/bad your college career will be. In my opinion, getting disappointed or upset because we offered a 3 star 2 full years before is HS career is over is a waste of time. Two years is a very very long time on the court. I’m sure anyone on the team now could tell you they were a different player their HS senior year than their HS sophomore year.
    Not particularly saying it is the case with McGusty, but I’d rather have a coach that is in early with a 3 star recruit “on the rise” than getting in with the same recruit, now a 4 star and being highly recruited, late in his junior year.
    We all know Crean is a relentless wrecking ball on the recruiting trail. Early offers to players on the rise should be a surprise to no one by now.

  • hoosier93

    I would say with this “highlight” film that he isn’t a player that Indiana needs.

  • SilentBob

    That’s kind of my point. Those are good programs with good coaches

  • hoosier93

    And I’m saying we can’t recruit that and compete at a big time level. Look at what Self has done with Mason.

  • SilentBob

    Disagree. This is how the majority of top tier programs do things now. It’s critical to establishing this thing called sustained success which is what I want to see. One thing I will never question about Crean is his ability to develop individual talent. He helped Wade go from 3 star to Hall a famer, Dipo from 3 star to 2nd pick, and Sheehey from 3 star to 1,000 point scorer. He took a supreme athlete in Hanner with no skills whatsoever and made him into a halfway competent basketball player despite injuries, partying, and lack of a leaders mentality. He had Creek looking like big ten freshmen of the year candidate until he went down, and Abel was looking like a more than solid future starter for us before he hit a wall. Hollowell was a huge fail on his part I’ll give ya that, and I do wonder how good Stan could have been if he worked on his lefty shot last year instead of his right. Although Stan did develop in many other areas but people were too focused on his mistakes. But besides that if you are a hard worker for Crean it has shown he will either get you to your perceived ceiling or above it. I mean who thought Yoginwould ever have the oppurtunity to leave early? Nobody.

    It’s Creans ability at team development so far at IU that is of concern. In fact I might say he spends far too much time trying to develop individuals instead of spending more time on team defensive ideals.

    Two things that have been a detriment. One is lack of role players which is what this kid would probably be. And not having upperclassmen to pass the torch and teach these youngins how things are done. We are already chasing potential stars in Alkins, Davis, Carr, and many others. We don’t need 5 freshmen starters. We will have RJ and Hartman back. Possibly Bryant, and three others in Holt, OG, and Morgan in development. We need some role players too

  • ScoopGeoff

    Brown is absolutely filthy and should be the top priority at that position.

  • TomJameson

    Marcus is right about Yogi’s vs RJ freshman turnover rate. A little bit of apples/oranges because of how much time each handled the ball.

    My point is that RJ is working on that very thing this summer, ball handling and cutting down on TOs.

  • TomJameson

    Exactly! And I like that direction, but I also like having one “true” point guard.

    The way IU guards are set up right now is great (IMHO). One true point and 2 combos that can do it all. Heck, we even have a couple of wings that can play like a combo guard and initiate the offense.

    I’m getting excited about the coming season!!! LOL

  • TomJameson

    hahaha …. sorry man not trying to pick on you, but I would say that I’m glad you’re not in charge of IU recruiting!

    I’ll trust the coaches who see the players probably multiple times, talk to their coaches, and have many more sources of information than one highlight film.