Where Will Mackey Wind Up?

Bud Mackey appears to be a player with a degree of doubt when it comes to where he'll play his college basketball...

Bud Mackey appears to be a player with a degree of doubt when it comes to where he'll play his college basketball.

That uncertainty, though, doesn't have anything to do with the Hoosiers. The 6-4, 180-pounder from Scott County H.S. in Georgetown, Ky., remains committed to Coach Kelvin Sampson's squad, having pledged in the fall.

The question might be what position on the floor best suits his skills.

Mackey's Scott County H.S. team recently competed in the Beach Ball Classic in Myrtle Beach, S.C., and Scout.com National Recruiting Director Dave Telep watched the future Hoosier go up against some other Division I caliber talent during the holiday event.

"He's a unique guard in that he's long and gets where he needs to," Telep said. "Right now, I get the sense that he's in a bit of position limbo. By that I mean he's feeling out his comfort zone – is he a point guard or shooting guard? Time will tell."

Mackey is averaging nearly 20 points per game for Scott County H.S., which is ranked No. 1 in Kentucky. The squad's record was unblemished before it dropped a 82-67 decision to Jackson Arlington Country Day H.S. in the second round of the Beach Ball Classic, eventually finishing fifth in the event.

Most recruiting services have consistently considered Mackey as a shooting guard, thanks to his 6-4 frame and ability to put points on the board. But when Mackey originally committed to the Hoosiers he said Sampson told him he reminded him of former Oklahoma point guard Hollis Price, suggesting that would be the position he'd wind up at in Bloomington.

That was a comparison that resonated with Mackey, and helped convince him IU was where he'd play his college basketball.

"He was my favorite player," Mackey said of Price. "The way he moved and the way he led his team. He was a small dude, but did it with a big heart and wouldn't back down from anybody."

Whether Mackey winds up in the backcourt, Telep says he has a chance to be a special player for the Hoosiers once he arrives in the fall of 2008 as part of a class that also includes Ft. Wayne wing Eshaunte Jones.

"The first thing you notice about Mackey is the talent level," Telep said. "He's definitely a top-100 player with the talent to ascend on a list of that nature. He's a kid we're going to get familiar with more and more and a young man who is talented already with room to get even better."

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