Class of 2015 guard Matt McQuaid will visit Indiana

  • 07/30/2014 4:53 pm in

Class of 2015 Duncanville (Tex.) guard Matt McQuaid set out to show coaches he could do more than just shoot in July. Now that the three evaluation periods have come to an end, he feels like he did just that.

“I feel like I played really good,” McQuaid, the No. 67 prospect in the 247Composite, told Inside the Hall. “I showed coaches that I’m not just a shooter. I put the ball on the floor and I thought I just played really good.”

The 6-foot-5 McQuaid averaged 15.6 points on the Nike Elite Youth Basketball League (EYBL) circuit for Team Texas Elite. He hit 46 of his 102 attempts from behind the 3-point arc in 16 games.

Since re-opening his recruitment on July 20, McQuaid, who had been committed to SMU, is hearing from several programs, including Indiana.

The Indiana staff watched him diligently at the Fab 48 in Las Vegas last week.

“I’ve been talking to coach (Tom) Crean and coach (Steve) McClain a lot,” he said. “They came to three or four of my games in Las Vegas. They really want me and they think they can develop me into a complete player and a really, really good player.”

That interest has McQuaid eyeing a fall trip to Bloomington.

“I’m going to take a visit to Indiana for sure,” McQuaid said. “Probably an official. The atmosphere (there) I’ve heard a lot (about). It’s a basketball state. I’m really looking forward to seeing that. Coach Crean is a really good coach and it’s a great opportunity.”

In addition to the interest from the Hoosiers, McQuaid noted that he’s also hearing frequently from Texas, Michigan State, LSU, Creighton and SMU, which continues to recruit him.

The most recent offer for McQuaid is from Michigan State, which he said he’ll take an unofficial visit to in the coming weeks.

“Two nights ago Michigan State offered,” he said. “I’m going to take an unofficial visit there next week while I’m up there to see family.”

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  • Arch Puddington

    Let me get ahead of the masses on this:

    Yes, a guard. A really good one who can shoot and handle the ball, and who is by all accounts on the rise. There is no such thing as too many good guards, and even if there is, we aren’t there yet. And even if we are, there are no guarantees we will be next year, because in case you hadn’t noticed, not everybody stays four years. If even one of our really talented guards has either a really good year and goes pro or a really bad year and leaves, we will absolutely need another top back court player. Or two. Or more.

    I hope he comes here and loves it so much he commits on the spot.

  • Kyl470

    I don’t think anyone will complain about landing a top guard. I think people will complain if we sign 3 guards and no big men. But just to balance out the classes it’s nice to add a quality guard each year.

  • Kyl470

    At 6’5″ if that is his real height he could easily play small forward in college much like Nik Stauskas did last year for Michigan.

  • SCHoosier

    Think Kellen Dunham of Butler (only with a better handle) TC recently bemoanded the fact that IU had not recruited Kellen hard enuff. Hard to pass on a shooter of McQuaid’s caliber. that said the kid publically said that playing time..ability to take (a lot of)shots will play a major role in his decision

  • Publius

    Another player offered by Izzo shortly after we offer. It’s like he’s letting Crean do his scouting, then offers the guy.

  • IUJeff

    It is dream height. How tall one wants to be.

  • Bryce Kepner

    That whole deal of MSU offering kids after we do is getting weird

  • HoosierGrampy

    Arch, the same argument can be made for big men…and the last time I looked at the roster–well, let’s just say that there will always be room for a quality big in B’town.

  • 323SGrant

    Come on over McQuaid and bring a talented 4 or 5 with you.

  • ForeverIU

    We only have one scholly left for 2015, right? But I guess we’ll oversign. Great that Shake and Juwan are trending to us (Jerry Meyer is predicting both to us, and he’s also predicting we’ll get Thon Maker).

  • kyle jenkins

    Yea the scholarship numbers are an issue when it comes to next year recruits. I don’t think that we will have everyone stay after this year though. I think at least 1 transfer or 1 enter the draft. Crean always makes that work.

  • HannerTime Hoosier

    When have we ever beaten Izzo for a player?

  • PDXHoosier

    I’ve been noticing that, also. I wonder if it is just because CTC offers very very early

  • PDXHoosier

    sounds too good to be true

  • Aiken_Hoosier

    If he even repeats last season’s performance, Yogi is a pro after this year. Selfishly, I’d love to have him back, but not holding my breath. I understand the height is an issue, but too much there for scouts to ignore.