Will McGhee Be First Part of IU's '07 Class?

Six-foot-10, 238-pound Anderson (Ind.) center Gary McGhee recently made an unofficial visit to IU, and at the recently-completed Nike All-America Camp spoke highly of Kelvin Sampson and the Hoosier program...

Indianapolis, Ind. – Kelvin Sampson and the Indiana Hoosiers may be close to grabbing their first commit from the state of Indiana in the form of 6-9 center Gary McGhee from Anderson (Ind.) Highland High School.

Indiana only recently started to recruit the 240-pound McGhee, who led the state in rebounding as a junior with 13.1 per game. Despite the late start, Scout's No. 13 center in the class of 2007 likes what he sees in the Hoosiers.

"Since the spring Indiana started to recruit me a lot and I started to get interested in the school," said McGhee. "They still send me stuff in the mail and I've talked to all the assistant coaches. I like their program."

McGhee was recently in Bloomington for an unofficial visit, giving him a first-hand look at the facilities while also presenting him with an opportunity to sit down with the new Hoosier coaching staff.

"I liked the Indiana campus a lot," McGhee said. "My visit went good and Coach Sampson is a nice guy, a good coach. I like their program a lot."

McGhee has always had his eyes on the Hoosier program growing up in Indiana, but the Hoosiers have just lately had the same feelings – one reason McGhee is glad Sampson is the new head coach at Indiana.

"I thought Coach Sampson's hiring was a good move for the program," said McGhee. "He's a good coach. He took Oklahoma to the Final Four and I think he can have the same results at Indiana."

Indiana is not alone in recruiting McGhee, who hopes to make a decision before beginning his final season of high school basketball.

"Oklahoma State, IU, Wisconsin, Michigan, Florida, Wake Forest are my favorites right now," said McGhee.

"I want to decide before my school season starts. I don't know if I'm going to take anymore unofficial visits. I'll probably take some more trips in August. I made it up to Wisconsin. I liked the campus, it was nice."

While at the Nike All-America camp this past week, McGhee took the chance to play against some of the nation's top players and compare his own skills.

"It's fun playing with these guys out here," said McGhee. "You know everyone is good and they're going to be going to big schools. It's fine, I like the competition.

"I just want to come in and play hard, be a low block scorer. I want to help the team, rebound when others won't."

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