Avery Talks About IU Unofficial

Louisville - With Kentucky now in Michael Avery's rearview mirror, the Class of 2012 product has Indiana on his mind. Avery made a surprise unofficial visit to Indiana Friday morning, and talked about his impressions of the trip on Friday night at the Grassroots Shootout in Louisville…

Louisville – With Kentucky now in Michael Avery's rearview mirror, the Class of 2012 product has Indiana on his mind.

The Lake Sherwood, Cal., product made national news last summer when he committed to Kentucky Coach Billy Gillespie as an eighth grader. But after Gillispie's exit from Lexington last month, the 6'5" wing quickly de-committed and re-opened his search.

He's wasted little time surveying some new possibilities, including Indiana. In a trip that was facilitated by his Indiana Elite AAU Coach Mark Adams, Avery took an unofficial visit to the Bloomington campus Friday morning and met with the IU coaching staff and toured the campus.

"It went really good," said Avery, who scored eight points for Indiana Elite in an eight-point overtime loss in its Grassroots Shootout opener Friday night. "I really liked the campus, all the coaches, I liked everything about the school."

Indiana, meanwhile, seems to like a lot about Avery as well. He's grown a couple of inches since he committed to the Wildcats last summer, and he said Crean has told him that he likes his ability to see the floor and find the open man.

While those perimeter skills grabbed Gillispie and now Crean's attention, Avery said he's looking to strengthen other parts of his game this summer.

"I'm working on everything because I want to be a more complete player," Avery said. "I'm trying to take more pride in my defense because I want to be a defensive stopper. I can play defense every night, even when my shot is off."

Indiana hasn't thrown its hat into the ring with a scholarship offer yet, but Avery said he plans to get back in contact with Crean soon and hopes that an offer might come down the road.

"They said they have a lot of interest and that they are really impressed with me," Avery said. "They didn't talk about offering yet, but who knows? Maybe sometime in the future."

While Indiana is suddenly surfaced on Avery's radar, it isn't the only program that he's looking at as a potential college destination. He also recently took a trip to Georgetown and checked out their campus, and he's also made a recent stop at Cal. USC and UCLA, meanwhile, are two other programs that are close to his California home that he's been at in the past.

Avery didn't anticipate having to start the recruiting process all over after his early UK pledge, but he said he has grown from the experience.

"It helped me mature a lot faster than I would have," Avery said. "I liked how it changed me."

One thing he's learned is that it might be worth waiting his second time around the recruiting process. Few expected Billy Gillispie to be out at UK after only two years, so with three years of high school remaining Avery doesn't know how things might be different by the fall of 2012 compared to how they are now.

"I don't want this whole thing going down again where the coaches changes," Avery said. "I'm going to keep my head up and wait until the best time for me."

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