McGary has Indiana offer for 2011, unsure on 2012

  • 12/08/2010 7:02 am in

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.”

IU’s interest in McGary has continued to stay strong, and he visited Bloomington on Nov. 26 for the Northwestern State game. The one caveat in his recruitment, however, is when Tom Crean would like to have him arrive on campus.

“There’s an offer on the table for 2011,” McGary said. “I’m not sure for 2012. I’m pretty sure I’m re-classifying. They want me to come in 2011 and be with Cody Zeller. But I’m not sure that’s going to happen. I think they’d still want me in 2012, but they’d really like me in 2011 to play with Zeller. Him and I would play great together. We’re both long, lanky, can run the floor and shoot the ball well.”

While he didn’t rule out staying in the 2011 class, he was not optimistic about it.

“I don’t think so because I’m retaking classes that I didn’t get good grades in earlier in my high school career,” he said.

Whether he ends up in 2011 or 2012, McGary is excited about the confidence Crean has in his game and his potential to get better.

“Coach Crean thinks I can be an NBA player. He wants me right now,” McGary said. “He says I’d fit great there. I think so, too. I like Coach Crean, I like the whole coaching staff at IU and I like some of the recruits they’ve got now. I think I’d fit in well with them.”

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  • Anonymous

    Good work Alex.

  • Anonymous

    IU has the best tutors! If the kid will do the work, like Mike White did, then he will get a degree!

  • Anonymous

    If you are not on the court due to fouls, you are zero help! I did not like Dumes dirty fouls at all. I am sure he would have called them “hard”. I prefer a real “tough guy” like Draymond Green of MSU, no blood, no broken bones, no dirty fouls, but no one in the lane that does not expect plenty of opposition!

  • Anonymous

    So are you saying that you want McGary over Harris for 2012? I don’t. I want him in 2011. If he waits until 2012 then IU may not have a scholarship available-a current player may become too valuable. I want any possible “transfer” to have plenty of time to figure out his next move and plenty of time to prove that no transfer is desirable for IU to be a top team.

  • Anonymous

    If Mike White can get a degree with hard work and the help of the IU basketball academic support network, then Mitch McGary can. The only issue with academics for a kid who will do the work, is can he pass the NCAA requirements for admission before he gets to IU. As Bledsole at KY proved, if you get the grade on a transcript, then, even if it looks fishy, the NCAA can’t or won’t do anything.

  • Hoosierfan88

    Michael Chandler tweeted “Coming to IU” dont know if that is for a visit or a commitment. idk just saw it on peegs

  • Anonymous

    Crean must like McGary better than Chandler because Mitch has an offer for 2011 from Indiana, and, as far as I know, Chandler does not.

  • Anonymous

    I have the name of a teacher in Birmingham AL who might help.

  • Kelin OlaHarrispo

    With a lazy eye….wow…nice.

  • Kelin OlaHarrispo

    Ahhhh another twitter/tweet kid…..when will it end….

  • HoosierFromCT

    this needs to be clarified, now.

  • Aceman_Mujezinovic_07

    I’m guessing it’s for a visit. I doubt he would make his announcement in that way. Of course, after two previous announcements it’s probably not a big deal to him anymore. HA

  • Aceman_Mujezinovic_07

    I wouldn’t worry about it. I think CTC and the staff have this thing figured out and if they want one of these guys for 2011 and still want Gary Harris then they’ll get it done.

    Don’t worry!

  • 11th and Done (Dunn)

    He just tweeted that he is going to play for Coach Tom Crean and the Hoosiers!!! Welcome to B-town Chandler!!!! Wait, he just decommitted.

  • Anonymous

    I agree that we need him next year more than 2012. Sounds unlikely he’ll finish early and that was straight from McGary himself. Definitely do not want him more than Harris because of his greater potential. But to your point of having him in starting in 2011 that is taking a spot from the 2012 class anyway so I don’t see why in terms of landing Harris there’s any relevance to which year McGary starts college.

    Most importantly, I feel we need another big man to fill out a good all around roster. And if McGary decides to join us first then we’ve got another good quality recruit. When you look at McGary and Chandler being the only big men on our radar over the next few years McGary would be my preference. If he wants to be a Hoosier before anyone else then he will fill a need in the middle better than any other current prospects and I’ll be happy with his choice.

  • Anonymous

    But worry is good. It makes you old. And with age comes wisdom. Then you can appreciate youth for all of the energy and opportunities. Even if you no longer have the energy and the opportunities are now in the past. Now THAT is something to worry about!.

  • marcusgresham

    And Jason Collier didn’t have access to Cook Hall.

  • marcusgresham

    You forgot the fu manchu moustache and misspelled tattoo on his arm

  • Anonymous

    Yes, that’s what the child said to the guy writing an internet post about him. I have my doubts that CTC is telling any kid he’s recruiting that he’s an NBA level talent. The closest I’ve seen to that is when he said Matt Roth reminds him of Steve Novak.

  • Anonymous

    Wait, you said “When you look at McGary and Chandler being the only big men on our radar over the next few years”. But, for 2011 we have Cody Zeller at 6’10. For 2012 we have Peter Jurkin at 7’0 and Hanner Perea at 6’8 who can jump to the moon. So we do have some Big men lined up. You are right that the difference between 2011 and 2012 does not affect Harris, but it would make 2012 a class of 6 (with Harris and McGary) and 2011 a class of 2, rather than 2011 as a class of 3 (with McGary) and 2012 a class of 5 (with Harris). The big need is 2011-12 season for Cody plus one more Big. In 2012-13 with Jurkin and Perea, the need is not so great.

  • Anonymous

    I agree that he needs to get himself into the 2011 class. Even though he’s not guaranteed, he’s got a much better chance for 2011 than 2012.

    On the grades: If he is improving with some close attention in NH, he should have no problem at IU as he will have tutors to give him the same attention.

    Wish the kid the best of luck, but I would like to have a post player, not (as someone else said) another Ben Allen.

  • Anonymous

    you got me! I just became desperate for a story ASAP until I read the rest of your post a minute later.

  • Anonymous

    Funniest post I have read for some time – still laughing – good one

  • Anonymous

    and I also agree with you

  • Anonymous

    and I also agree with you

  • The_Real_Assembly_Hall

    Why wait another year for college? This kid already knows who is as a player more than anyone I have ever heard…………. He is who he thought he is! And he let’em off the hook!… Sorry, couldn’t help it. It would be a nice addition, and I hope he gets to come next year. He might even surprise himself and develop some 5 spot game under a coach like TC.

  • Anonymous

    “I’m not really an inside guy. I’m more of a four and a face-up guy.” Cody Zeller wants to play the four and I think fits that spot in this system. I think McGary is a pretty good player that could be a good role player for any Big Ten team. However, I’m not sure where he really fits in with this team in a couple of seasons. He would probably get minutes next year behind Zeller, Elston (strength as a junior) and ahead of Bobby C. Not sure about Pritch.
    I guess what I am saying is, with these limited and coveted scholarships, does McGary add enough to warrant using a scholarship on him? I don’t know the answer but it is something to think about. By the way, did anyone see the Iowa-Northern Iowa game? 51-39, Hawkeyes. The game against the Panthers in Vegas is one we should definitely win.

  • Kelin OlaHarrispo

    I don’t think we really understand what a ‘get’ Lyles really is. This kid is big time.

  • Anonymous

    Probably true. But both Roth and Novak have 2 arms, 2 legs, play basketball, etc.

  • Anonymous

    thanks for the vid – one small thing I noticed is that when he shoots his free throws he looks at the basket the whole time. That was a big thing I was taught growing up. And I rarely notice other players do it.

  • Anonymous

    I was also thinking about even beyond then, when you look at 2013 we probably are down to Jurkin and Zeller. That is where we go back to the size issue we are facing this season (to a lesser extent though). I don’t see Hartmann becoming a center and there is no legit big man we are looking into. It’s 3 years down the road but when you are receiving commitments four years in advance it’s something to think about.

  • Gustin

    If MM takes advantage of the academic resources that are available to him at IU, he will do fine; and, he will improve academically each year as he learns how to learn. It’s really up to him as to whether he will be successful academically or not. I would like to see him step up to the plate and work hard academically to qualify and start in 2011. I believe CTC would then make sure MM studies and achieves his academic goals.

    There are a lot of us who didn’t think we were ready to start college primarily because we didn’t apply ourselves in HS. But, once we got into college, we were because we wanted to succeed.

  • MillaRed

    I’m sure that would really help with the free throws.

  • Aceman_Mujezinovic_07

    I thought marriage made you old? You know like dog years. I’m 32 but I’ve been married for 11 years so you can add on another eleven so I’m technically 32 but aged to 43, right?

  • Anonymous

    And those of us didn’t have access to the tutors that he will have if he ends up at IU. He should be able to succeed if he takes advantage of the assistance available to him.

  • Aceman_Mujezinovic_07

    Pray to GOD that they change the NBA rule to 2 years in college at the next collective bargaining thing because if they don’t Lyles is gonna be way too good to play in college!

  • Bleeding Crimson

    Hulls can’t run but he can throw it the length of the court.

  • Ha ha, agreed.

  • cooper

    Unless he has a learning disability it’s pathetic he couldn’t pass and graduate highschool in four years

  • Bleeding Crimson

    LOL…too good but can only be used after “It’s Indiana”

  • Could it be a grammatical error, like, “Your the best!” or “Don’t go their!”?

  • Took the joke right out of my keyboard…

  • oldred1976

    Please..Please for the love of Mike let’s not start the who transfers who stays conversations again I had to read those all summer.This guy goes here, there guy goes there and this one isn’t able to tie his shoes and chew gum at the same time. Can’t a fan enjoy the season without all the extra anxiety?? Help Alex limit everyone to one transfer “what if”

  • Bleeding Crimson

    Now that is the funniest thing I’ve read in awhile…still LOL.

  • Marsh21

    we need a big who can score the freakin ball

  • Dkcfitz3

    It only works if Ivan never started his 5 year college clock. NCAA wouldn’t like that.

  • Anonymous

    I won’t pretend to be an expert, but I graduated from Chesterton in the early 2000’s and I can tell you this: the teachers and administration don’t give a damn what sport you play or how well you play it, if your grades aren’t there too damn bad. Again, I am no expert but in my time playing sports there we had kids get suspended for grades, being caught at parties, etc. They are not lenient with any of that.

    What’s more, is that these prep schools are designed to have intense tutoring and get these kids back on track. As much as there may be a more stringent academic focus when was the last time you saw a kid do poorly in prep school? Two words: grade inflation.

  • Anonymous

    Noticed that he used the glass on several of his shots also, somewhat of a lost art these days. Liked the fact that he posted up and called for the ball and scored after getting it with a nice inside move and was also capable of grabbing the rebound and pushing it up the court and finished it up with a nice looking 3. From what I have seen it looks like his father was not just ” going on ” about him being a student of the game.

  • Anonymous

    Nope–looks like it’s going the other way and they’ll just let ’em in straight out of high school again.

  • Anonymous

    1) I’m afraid a lot of you didn’t read the post. McGary is going to be a 2012 guy and that’s probably what’s best for him. Please, let’s stop with the “hit the books extra hard kid!” He’s finally getting his academics back on track, do you honestly think he’s gonna try to rush his graduation? That’s just unrealistic, and the fact that people are tagging him as a possible 2011 recruit given his situation is just nuts.

    2) I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I think we all need to give Chandler a chance. None of us, truly know his situation so let’s not rush to judgment. On the court he’s an instant impact, and provides us with a true 5 who is a self-proclaimed rebound specialist. So what if he has a little mean in him? This team might need that, and before anyone goes nuts, I’m not saying bring back the KSAS, I just subscribe to the belief that if you have enough good character guys on the team, you can afford to take a risk on a guy that might not be. If we were to get Chandler, we’re talking about a very, very solid team next year, maybe poised for an NCAA run.