Bloomington – With an IU scholarship offer in hand, Sagemont (Fla.) Upper School standout Will Sheehey is now in the process of finalizing an official visit to the Hoosier program.
Sagemont Coach Adam Ross confirmed that the two sides are exploring potential dates for a trip to Bloomington. The most likely option is Nov. 6-8, the weekend of the Indiana-Wisconsin football game.
Indiana's interest in the 6'5" ultra-athletic wing has just recently cropped up, but it's clear Coach Tom Crean and Assistant Coach Tim Buckley have quickly established themselves as a very legitimate contender for Sheehey. Ross said the IU staff had been aware of Sheehey's abilities thanks to his play on the Florida Rams AAU team this past summer, but they were unsure about which position they wanted to target for their remaining 2010 scholarships.
They've since decided the wing position is where they still have a need, and Sheehey fits what they're looking for at the spot.
"He was excited to find out about Indiana's interest," Ross said. "He's one of those kids that knows a lot about history. He knows about Indiana's history and he's excited. He knows Coach Crean is one of the best in the business and anytime someone like that shows interest it's big."
Sheehey has already taken official visits to George Washington and Stanford and Ross said he'll likely take one to Vanderbilt as well. A fifth official could also be in the works, potentially to Michigan. But no matter who gets involved, Indiana appears to have as good a chance as anyone.
"Indiana has a very good chance," Ross said. "He's really narrowing down on a few schools, and the opportunity to play at a place like Indiana and go to a school like Indiana, the opportunity to play in the Big Ten, to play for Coach Crean, and to go to a business school like Indiana's, that's something he takes very seriously.
"They're definitely in the mix as one of the finalists."
Ross said Sheehey would prefer to sign in the fall, but he's not opposed to waiting until the spring if the need arises. His recruitment has seen a sizable spike as of late because many coaches were unaware of him until this summer, since it was the first time he played AAU basketball. Now that they're familiar with his abilities, Sheehey is trying to sort through plenty of quality options.
"He was a little frustrated at first (with the limited recruiting interest) because he saw players he played against and he saw their recruitment skyrocket and in a lot of cases he felt he was better," Ross said. "He's a pretty confident kid and he never panicked, but he couldn't figure out why it wasn't moving the way he thought it should."
Now it clearly is. From the Big Ten to the Pac-10 to the SEC, schools are expressing a great deal of interest in a player that Buckley compared to former Kentucky standout Rex Chapman as far as his athleticism.
"Will is a really hard-nosed, tough, and super-athletic wing player," Ross said. "He has tremendous talent. He's a kid that flew under the radar in the recruiting world. But once people saw him, his recruitment has really picked up."
This will be Ross' first season with Sheehey, who transferred to Sagemont from South Fork H.S. where he averaged 24.4 points and 10.0 rebounds per game as a junior. He now joins a Sagemont team that also includes Syracuse-bound big man Fab Melo and talented junior wing Rod Days, and Ross thinks that will only help Sheehey as he prepares for college.
"Having Will and Rod Days here, the two of them are great for each other getting to go at each other every day in practice," Ross said. "To play every day at a college-level speed will make the transition easier. On top of that, most high school wings don't get to play with a true big. There's an art to that, and Will will be able to do that with one of the best in the country."
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