Sean McDermott just endured the most difficult year of his life, and has come out of it as strong as ever.
McDermott, a 2015 guard from Pendleton Heights, developed a staph infection in his hip that took weeks to diagnose and months to recover from. McDermott missed a good portion of the high school season, and when he did play, he wasn't nearly himself.
"I wouldn't wish it on my worst enemy," McDermott said. "Just not knowing what was going on. It was scary. Very scary."
McDermott looked fragile because of the pain, and he had a hard time doing much more than being a set shooter. Even getting up and down the floor was a challenge.
During the time he battled the illness, McDermott lost 13 pounds. He's since put it all back on, plus an additional five pounds.
"I'm getting the strength back," McDermott said.
McDermott has returned from the sickness stronger than ever. He didn't quite have the junior high school year he anticipated and hoped for, but he's playing better now than he ever has.
McDermott has grown nearly two inches in the last year to 6-foot-6, and he thinks he may have another inch or two in him before he's done.
McDermott scored 20 points and hit five 3-pointers in the first half alone in an AAU game in Indianapolis this weekend, and he moved around better than he has in some time that I've seen him.
McDermott recently heard from Indiana coach Tom Crean, and he says he really values the relationship he has built with IU assistant Tim Buckley.
"I like watching them play, they always compete and I like that," McDermott said. "I'm wide open to everything right now and I'm not sure where I want to go, but I definitely have an interest."
Indiana has not yet offered, but the Hoosiers have been recruiting McDermott for about a year now. He plans to take another unofficial trip to Bloomington sometime this summer.
He says he hopes to make his college decision before the high school season begins next year.