McGhee Looks to Narrow List

Ohio center Drew McGhee from North Ridgeville has finished his AAU season and is now looking to narrow his list of schools to just five. He will then take his five official visits allotted under NCAA rules to those schools.

Ohio center Drew McGhee from North Ridgeville has finished his AAU season and is now looking to narrow his list of schools to just five. He will then take his five official visits allotted under NCAA rules to those schools.

The 6-foot-10, 210 pound McGhee is considered the best center in Ohio for the class of 2009. When RedHawk Insider spoke to McGhee last month, he gave the following lists of schools that are recruiting him: "All of the MAC, Davidson, Stanford, Georgia Tech, Notre Dame, Marquette, Minnesota, Penn State, Pittsburgh, Baylor, and Butler."

Now, McGhee would add Providence and St. Louis to the mix of schools interested in him. McGhee said, "Providence has tried to call, but I missed their call so I have not spoken with them. They have sent me letters, but they have not given me an official offer." McGhee also noted he had a long telephone conversation with new Ohio coach John Groce in which Groce extended an offer.

Of the schools that have been recruiting him, McGhee said Penn State, Miami (OH), Butler, Kent, and Davidson have been recruiting him the hardest. During his AAU games in July, he noticed the presence of two schools in particular. "Miami has been pretty much at every game I have played. And also Penn State. Those are the only ones I noticed."

Throughout July, his AAU team, CBIZ, has been busy. CBIZ has played in the Hoosier Shootout in Indianapolis, the West Virginia Jam Fest in Morgantown, and the Reebok Summer Championships in Las Vegas. In Vegas, his team went 3-2 and advanced to the round of 32.

Now that the AAU season is over, McGhee plans on working out in open gyms every night to improve his game. He is also going to begin to narrow down his college options.

During the second week of August, he will meet with his AAU coach and pick five schools. He will then take official visits to those 5 colleges once school begins. At the end of September, he will make his decision.

McGhee is not sure who those five schools would be at this point. He did single out one school that will likely get a visit. "I would like to visit Davidson for an official visit. Because of the distance, it is difficult to make an unofficial visit there." When RedHawk Insider last talked with McGhee in June, he said he planned on taking an official visit to Notre Dame in late August.

McGhee has already taken unofficial visits to Miami (June 5th), Butler, Penn State, Bowling Green, Toledo, and Western Michigan. His visits to Miami and Penn State stuck out. He has not made any visits in the last month.

When he makes his decision, one of the areas he will look at is how he fits in with the school. McGhee said, "I want to feel like I belong there. I want to have a successful four years there."

Other factors will be academics and who will be in his recruiting class. He mentioned he would love playing with his CBIZ teammates. The core of CBIZ has been playing summer basketball together for six years now. One of his teammates that he singled out is 6'5" wing forward Keene Cockburn. Cockburn is also his high school teammate at North Ridgeville. McGhee is unaware if Cockburn has any offers at this point.

Stay tuned to RedHawk Insider as we follow the recruitment of Drew McGhee.


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