Two of the best 2015 baseball prospects in Indiana recently committed to Louisville; Noah Burkholder (6-6 F Crown Point) and Bryan Hoeing (6-4 SG Batesville). Hoeing is ranked first in the state for 2015 by Prep Baseball Report, Burkholder is ranked third. Both are also very good basketball players. Hoeing drew attention from Indiana for basketball last season. Hoeing has always put baseball as his first priority. He has skipped club basketball in order to play travel baseball.
Bryant McIntosh de-committed from Indiana State last Monday. He had a breakout game against Dream Vision on Saturday. He scored 26 points with a lot of those coming in crunch time. The high major scholarships have come rolling in after that. Missouri and Northwestern offered him this weekend.
Mitch McGary, formerly of Chesterton High School and now Brewster Academy (NH), announced on Thursday that he will attend the University of Michigan. He chose Michigan over Duke and Florida with North Carolina in the mix as well. It had been rumored for a few weeks that he was going to end up at Michigan, so the announcement was no surprise.
McGary had his stock explode this spring with many impressive showings especially in the Pitt Jamfest. He carried that strong play into the summer; where he performed well at the NBPA Top 100 camp and LeBron James Skills Academy. He went from a top 100 player in the nation to a top 3 player from spring to the end of summer.
His biggest asset is his versatility. Offensively, he can score inside and outside. He is a good spot-up shooter to 20 feet, but also has a variety of post moves. The thing that caught most people's eye in AAU was the fact that he could get a rebound and go coast to coast for a finish, while being 6'10". McGary also has great timing for blocking shots. He moves and jumps well for a big man, but he isn't an athletic freak. His timing and the fact that he is left-handed makes him a great shot blocker. One thing he will need to improve is power finishes around the rim. When he doesn't finish the play with a dunk, he looks to complete the play with finesse more often than not. Finishing strong will be crucial in the Big Ten and potentially in the NBA (more coming on this).
McGary was originally a member of the 2011 class. He played three seasons at Chesterton before transferring to Brewster before his senior year. He graduated in May and is currently in his post-graduate year. Since he did graduate with the 2011 class, he will be eligible for the June 2012 draft unless the NBA changes the rule in the current lockout negations. Entering the draft in 2012 could very well be a great option for McGary. Will he be "NBA-ready" in June of 2012? No, but very few players are actually ready. His stock will be extremely high and it will be hard to turn down the opportunity. There are a lot of things that can happen in the next eight months, so I'm not going to say what he should do now. It will likely be something McGary has to think about though, at the very least.
Fishers point guard Jaylon Brown has verbally committed to the University of Evansville. He officially visited Evansville two weeks ago before visiting Miami (OH) this weekend. Brown had scholarship offers from Akron, American, Illinois State, Ohio, St. Bonaventure, and Toledo as well. It finally came down to Evansville and Miami (OH).
“The coaching staff was like a family to me,” Brown commented on why he picked Evansville. “The facilities and academics are great,” he said. The Missouri Valley Conference was also a factor in his decision.
Brown is likely the most athletic guard in the state of Indiana regardless of class. He has great body control when he gets to the basket, which allows him to finish most plays. His outside game has been steadily improving and has shot very well beyond the arc during the fall league. Brown has a very high ceiling at Evansville.
June is always a busy month for unofficial visits as recruits are out of school for the summer and don’t have to travel to AAU tournaments. This June is no different as many players have made multiple visits and some have picked up offers. Here is an update on some of the visits and offers that have happened in the last week.