Close Call - McRae Opts to Wait

Bloomington - Class of 2010 shooting guard Jordan Mcrae raved about his trip to IU for last weekend's Elite Camp as well as the arrival of Roshown McLeod to the Hoosiers' staff. Mcrae talks about his visit and just how close he came to making a decision...

Bloomington - It's 800 miles from Hinesville, Ga., to the Indiana University campus, but standout 2010 recruit Jordan McRae was feeling right at home in Bloomington last weekend.

In fact, the 6'5", 175-pound shooting guard from Liberty County H.S. admits the thought of committing actually crossed his mind during his appearance at the Hoosiers' elite camp. He ultimately decided to depart without making a pledge, but made it clear the Hoosiers are standing out from many of the other top programs he's considering.

"It's really nice up there and I liked it a lot," said McRae, who averaged 18 points per game as a high school sophomore while helping his team to a 23-5 record and a spot in the state tournament quarterfinals. "My parents want me to weigh all my options, but Indiana is definitely, definitely on the top of my list."

McRae said his parents aren't the only ones that want him to take his time before making a choice. He said IU Coach Tom Crean echoed those sentiments when the two talked last weekend.

"I liked how he didn't want me to make a choice now. He wants me to take time and think," McRae said.

Scout.com's 41st ranked player in the 2010 class, McRae's list of potential college destinations is an impressive one. He said he already has seven or eight scholarship offers, and he's listing Tennessee, Florida, Texas, Marquette and Georgia among his favorites along with IU.

Many of those programs – Indiana included - took notice of him during a very solid AAU season with the Atlantic Celtics. While he's more than capable of scoring from behind the arc, McRae has also shown the ability to score in a variety of other ways as well. He is a very gifted athlete who has a long and wiry frame that allows him to attack the rim, and he also showed off a nice mid-range game as well over the summer.

One of the things that has IU in such good standing is new assistant coach Roshown McLeod, who helped coach McRae this summer. The two built a bond on the AAU circuit that has McRae intrigued about the thought of reuniting with him at IU.

"I knew (McLeod) all of last year, and once we met it was like we knew each other for years," McRae said. "He'd tell me what I was doing right and what I was doing wrong. I trust him."

McLeod also told McRae he could help him catapult in the national rankings, and that's exactly what's happened over the summer. Following some big-time performances at the adidas "It Takes 5ive" Classic in Cincinnati, the Bob Gibbons Tournament of Champions in North Carolina and finally in Las Vegas, McRae has emerged as one of the best players in the 2010 class.

Those performances have a slew of college programs taking notice of McRae's skills, but Indiana remains very well positioned thanks to the presence of McLeod on Crean's staff.

"(My parents) knew once "Ro" got the job, I'd like them a lot," McRae said. "He's one of the best coaches I've ever had. With him being there, it made me look at Indiana in a different way."


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