Mitch McGary’s move to Brewster Academy in Wolfeboro, N.H., from Chesterton High School was made with one focus in mind: academics.
The 6-foot-11, 255-pound forward says the atmosphere at Brewster, a private, preparatory boarding school, is helping him make significant strides in the classroom, where he’s currently receiving all A’s and B’s.
“I like the school a lot more than my old school,” McGary told Inside the Hall on Tuesday evening. “It’s a lot more structured. The teachers are more willing to help. The student-teacher ratio is 6-to-1. They want you to succeed.”
Being away from home is another plus, McGary said, because he’s preparing for life at college.
“I kind of like being on my own,” he said. “It makes me more responsible and (have to) make decisions on my own.”
The Indiana native is also reaping benefits on the court, where he’s playing against a more aggressive schedule than he saw at Chesterton.
“Competition is like another level up here. It’s pretty much like college ball,” McGary said. “We actually play some junior college teams. It’s a lot different. It’s a lot faster and a higher tempo.”
His game, he said, continues to develop on the perimeter as well as in the weight room. His future in college may not be solely as a post player despite his near 7-foot frame.
“I’ve been working on my 3-point shot a lot,” he explained. “Over the summer, that’s all I did. I just need to work on my handles, and I’ve been working on my strength a lot. I’m not really an inside guy. I’m more of a four and a face-up guy. I can also guard smaller forwards because I’m quick on my feet.”
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Inside the Hall has just completed its first run of the 2013 Indiana Basketball Recruiting Board, highlighting the two prospects already committed plus five others with IU interest.
In addition, we’ve identified seven other 2013 names to keep an eye on.
For the first time since the signing of Cody Zeller and the commitments of Hanner Perea and Yogi Ferrell, Inside the Hall has updated its 2011 and 2012 recruiting boards with the latest information on both classes.
Check out an in-depth look at both classes at the links below:
Our first 2013 recruiting board will debut later this week.
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Throughout the season, Inside the Hall will keep you posted on how 2011 signees Austin Etherington and Cody Zeller, IU’s seven verbal commitments and other notable prospects with interest in the Hoosiers, are performing at their respective schools.
You can send us stats or results for this report at email@example.com. Here’s our latest update:
+ Austin Etherington (Hamilton Heights): Twenty-two points and 11 rebounds in 76-58 win at Guerin Catholic on Dec. 4. (Etherington’s younger brother, sophomore Alex, scored 31.)
+ Cody Zeller (Washington): Thirty points (13-of-18 from the field), 13 rebounds and three blocks in a 54-53 upset loss at Evansville Central on Dec. 3. The Hatchets, led by 33 points from Zeller, bounced back with a comfortable 58-43 win at North Daviess on Dec. 4.
+ Michael Chandler (Lawrence North): Thirteen points in a 74-53 win at Terre Haute South on Dec. 3. 19 points in a 68-52 win over Marion on Dec. 4.
Thanks to our friend and former IDS sports writer Chris Engel for this report.
Patterson: 7-of-16 FG (5-of-11 3PT), 6-of-10 FT, 25 PTS, 1 AST, 2 ST, 1 REB, 1 TO.
Hartman: 5-of-8 FG (4-of-7 3PT), 14 PTS, 1 AST, 2 ST, 4 REB, 2 TO.
Thoughts on the game:
Collin Hartman completed a weekend sweep of future Hoosier teammates Saturday night when his Cathedral Irish defeated Ron Patterson and the Broad Ripple Rockets, 68-65.
It was an emotional night at Broad Ripple High School as the team honored former teammate Steven Jamison who passed away from cancer last July. After Patterson won the opening tip against Hartman, the team called timeout and went up into the stands to give the game ball to Jamison’s family. The two teams fought back and forth the entire game with lead exchanges, but in the end, Cathedral made a few more plays than Broad Ripple to pull out the three-point victory.
He had an impressive shooting night going 5-of-8 from the field, including 4-of-7 from beyond the arc, en route to scoring 14 points. Hartman showed off his complete skill set by adding four rebounds, two steals and one assist to his scoring effort.
Cathedral had a balanced offensive attack, which resulted in stretches of play when Hartman didn’t get the ball. Cathedral would have been better served to try and get Hartman the ball more in the flow of the offensive. On the other hand, Hartman should have been more assertive in getting the ball. While Hartman showed good ballhandling skills, his collegiate position is likely at one of the forward spots. He didn’t show much of an inside game although he had a size advantage on every player guarding him.
INDIANAPOLIS — A matchup that saw two Indiana commitments going head-to-head was just too much for Indiana head coach Tom Crean to pass up. The third-year IU coach was in attendance at Warren Central to watch the Warriors battle the Cathedral Irish.
Crean watched two of his future players, Devin Davis of Warren Central and Collin Hartman of Cathedral, square off Friday night. Cathedral trailed 21-20 at halftime, but ultimately got the better of Warren Central, winning 61-54.
Collin Hartman notched a double-double, scoring 10 points and grabbing 10 rebounds for Cathedral in the win. Hartman had a streaky night shooting the ball, but looked to make contributions on the glass and as a facilitator for teammates. He created openings for his teammates by drawing double teams and wisely passing to the open teammate. Hartman made a big play with the game winding down, knocking down a wide-open three to give Cathedral a 10-point lead with one minute remaining.
As usual, Hartman looked great handling the ball, using either hand to get by his man. Hartman brought the ball up the court for Cathedral occasionally and looked comfortable against full-court pressure. His collegiate position isn’t at guard, but it’s an added asset to know that Hartman is a more than adequate ball handler. On paper Hartman’s performance wasn’t eye-popping, but he contributed in multiple areas and showed how he is able to make his teammates better. Hartman and Cathedral take their 1-0 record to Broad Ripple tonight for a game against fellow Indiana commitment Ron Patterson.
After a breakout spring and summer with the Eric Gordon All-Stars, sophomore Zak Irvin picked up scholarship offers from three Big Ten schools — Illinois, Indiana and Purdue — before ever playing a varsity game.
But with AAU now in the rear view mirror, the 6-5 guard is focused on helping Hamilton Southeastern wins games and ultimately, a tough sectional that includes Carmel, Fishers and Noblesville.
“The first thing is, we want to win our sectional this year,” Irvin told Inside the Hall on Thursday. “Hopefully we can win a state championship.”
The transition to the varsity level has gone well, according to Irvin, and the early results have been promising as he poured in 16 points in last Saturday’s season opener, an 84-78 win over Indianapolis Northwest.
“I was a little nervous before the game,” Irvin said of his varsity debut. “It’s a big jump from JV to varsity basketball. Tougher players and it’s more physical.”
Irvin has the benefit of playing alongside and practicing with one of the top juniors in the country, Gary Harris, and the opportunity to compete with his talented teammate is paying dividends thus far.
“He’s the leader on our team this year,” he said of Harris, who is also being recruited heavily by Indiana. “I learn a lot practicing with him every day. We just make each other better.”
While it’s not currently his top priority, Irvin also continues to evaluate his recruiting landscape. The sophomore guard, known for his ability to knock down shots from the perimeter, is hearing regularly from IU, Purdue, Xavier, Butler, Baylor, Miami (Fla.), Illinois and Michigan.