'08 guard Mackey discusses his recruitment

With only three scholarships to offer for the 2008 class, Tubby Smith can be very selective in his choice of which players to recruit. Another advantage is having in-state talent. In recent years, the state of Kentucky hasn't produced a lot of quality players, but the 2008 class has broken that trend.

With only three scholarships to offer for the 2008 class, Tubby Smith can be very selective in his choice of which players to recruit. Another advantage is having in-state talent. In recent years, the state of Kentucky hasn't produced a lot of quality players, but the 2008 class has broken that trend.

Wing men Darius Miller and Scotty Hopson head the 2008 class, but combo guard Bud Mackey isn't far behind.

The 6-foot-4 combo guard from Scott County High school, in Georgetown Kentucky, has some impressive offers for a rising junior. "Mississippi State, Xavier, Clemson, Kentucky, and Tennessee have offered," said Mackey.

Mackey is a versatile performer, who's capable of playing both guard positions. "I like to pass a lot, and hit the open man. I'd like to play both shooting guard and point guard."

But it's not just about the offensive side with Mackey. He's been described by one coach as Rajon Rondo with a reliable jump shot. If you compare a player to Rondo, you have to start with defense. Mackey has the right attitude on defense. "I'm trying to work on getting bigger and stronger, so I can shut down bigger guys defensively, just in case I have to switch." Mackey also noted that though he's been previously listed at 6-foot-3, he's now grown to 6-foot-4, and weighs in at 180 pounds.

Mackey states that Mississippi State, Indiana, UK, Louisville, Florida and Tennessee are all recruiting him.

So with many schools having their version of midnight madness this weekend, where will Mackey spend the weekend? "I will be going to Indiana this weekend," stated Mackey.

Mackey averaged 15 points per game last year for Scott County, but during the playoffs, he upped those numbers to around 20 points per game. Mackey is a four star recruit according to Scout.com.


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