How Solid is Mackey's Pledge?

Bud Mackey committed to Indiana before the start of his junior season, but there's been speculation the coaching change at Kentucky could affect his decision.'s 44th-ranked player in the '08 class talks about whether UK has tried to get him to re-consider, and how solid his IU pledge is...

Bloomington, Ind. – Monday was like just about every other day for Bud Mackey.

The 6-2, 180-pound Class of 2008 point guard from Georgetown, Ky., is out of school for the summer and out of season, but he's still bombarded with an array of questions about just how solid his commitment is to Indiana.

"I get it so many times," Mackey said. "I got it fives times today."

It's understandable. After all, the homestate Kentucky program has undergone a coaching change since Mackey initially made a verbal pledge to IU last year, and it's hard to imagine that new Wildcat Coach Billy Gillespie wouldn't at least check to see if Mackey was willing to re-consider.

Mackey said Gillespie and his staff did just that during his trip to Lexington for the Wildcats' Summer Camp in the spring, when's 44th-ranked player joined his Scott County H.S. team on the UK campus.

"They tried a couple of times when I was there," Mackey said.

While that trip had concerned some, Mackey said he made the Lexington stop in an effort to play against other elite prep players, and IU fans have nothing to worry about with regards to his IU pledge.

"(The UK coaching change) doesn't affect my commitment at all," Mackey said. "I'm 100 percent solid with Indiana."

Mackey was recently in Bloomington, attending IU's Elite Camp late last month. A swollen knee kept him from doing much on the court during his visit, but he said he was able to work with IU's training staff and get the swelling down while he was in town.

While he wasn't able to do as much as he would have liked on the court, the visit did give him a chance to talk with some of the current IU players, get acquainted with future Hoosier teammate Devin Ebanks, and talk so more with IU Coach Kelvin Sampson.

"We talked a lot, and Coach Sampson is a great guy," Mackey said. "He really likes me because of my leadership – that's what he's talked about a lot with me."

Mackey said Sampson will be making a trip to Georgetown, Ky., next week to see Mackey play. He'll be getting another look at a player who helped guide Scott County H.S. to a state championship last season in his first year at his likely collegiate position, point guard.

"It was the greatest experience ever," Mackey said of last year's state championship season. "It was my first year being there, and it was great. I like playing in front of a lot of people. It makes me really hungry to do it again – I'm starving right now."

Mackey's focus might be on another state championship march, but he also knows he'll be forced to field plenty of more questions about his college intentions. While he's been definitive about his IU commitment, it's a question that people will continue to ask until he signs his letter of intent in November.

"Yeah, I know will have to answer that question a lot," Mackey said. "It really doesn't bother me anymore. I just smile and grin when they say something about it." Top Stories