Bloomington, Ind. – Michael Dunigan's trip to Bloomington was all business.
The 6-9, 220-pound center from Chicago's Farragut H.S. was in town for the Adidas May Classic over the weekend, where he competed with one of the top AAU teams in the country, MeanStreets. The squad was just one week removed from winning the Bill Hensley Memorial Run ‘n Slam in Ft. Wayne, and wound up losing to the SoCal All-Stars in the quarterfinals this weekend.
Scout.com's 20th-ranked player in the 2008 class, Dunigan said a week ago that Indiana was one of the schools that was recruiting him the hardest, along with Illinois, Purdue, Florida and Georgetown. But he said his trip to Bloomington wouldn't be used as an unofficial visit of sorts.
"I'm just here to play a basketball tournament," said Dunigan, who opted to steer clear of expanding on the amount of interest he's getting from Indiana or any of the programs.
With his focus on the AMC, Dunigan and MeanStreets got things started off on the right foot Saturday morning, beating Grassroots Canada Elite 62-47. Dunigan led the way for the Chicago-based AAU squad, scoring 17 points.
It wasn't the easiest of mornings for Dunigan, who arrived in Bloomington at 2 a.m. With the team's tourney opener tipping off at 8 a.m., it didn't allow for much sleep before his team was ready to go.
"The 8 a.m. games are bad – too early," Dunigan said. "I just have to get rolling now."
Dunigan didn't have a whole lot of time to catch up on his sleep after the tourney opener. MeanStreets was back in action at 11:45 a.m. Saturday at Assembly Hall, where Dunigan and fellow IU recruiting target Josh Crittle matched up against the Ohio Basketball Club and three top-35 '08 recruits of their own – Cincinnati commit Yancy Gates, Michigan State verbal Delvon Roe and Ohio State-bound center B.J. Mullens. Dunigan was the top scorer of the bunch, finishing with 14 points (7-12 FGs) and five rebounds to help MeanStreets to a last-second 58-56 win.
Despite the short night, Dunigan was obviously a big reason for Mean Streets' success, and made it obvious why he's one of the top recruits in the Midwest in the '08 class. He's an intimidating presence on the defensive end, and he runs the floor extremely well and finishes on the fast break. He said he's trying to add to his offensive arsenal as well by working on his mid-range jump shot to this summer.
While he tries to add to his game, there are plenty of schools that are already very interested, Indiana included. He said it will be a combination of things that will eventually go into his college decision.
"Education is No. 1, what they can offer me on both ends," Dunigan said. "I'll probably major in business administration or computer technology. With style, we run and gun, so hopefully I can find a team that's able to do that."
From Bloomington, Dunigan has a week off before MeanStreets is slated to compete in the Memorial Day Classic. Later this summer he said he's also scheduled to participate in the Amare Stoudamire Skills Camp in June.
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