Drew McGhee Talks Official

During the weekend of Miami's home football game versus Temple, Miami hosted all five of the class of 2009 basketball commits. RedHawk Insider caught up with 6-10, 210 pound center Drew McGhee (Northridgeville High School) to discuss his official visit to Miami and his initial thoughts on his future teammates.

During the weekend of Miami's home football game versus Temple, Miami hosted all five of the class of 2009 basketball commits. RedHawk Insider caught up with 6-10, 210 pound center Drew McGhee (Northridgeville High School) to discuss his official visit to Miami and his initial thoughts on his future teammates.

McGhee had been one of Miami's most important recruiting targets this year. He is one of the top two centers in the Ohio class of 2009.

McGhee told RedHawk Insider in September that he is completely stoked about being part of one of the best recruiting classes in the history of Miami University basketball. "This recruiting class is ridiculous. We are going to be good. I looked up all the guys. You got the junior college guy (Anderson) who led the nation in scoring, the real big guy from Tennessee (Kelly) who is the number two player in the state, and the two good guards (Roberts, Williams) are stacked." McGhee explained that the Miami coaching staff said, "This could be the best recruiting class of all midmajors in the nation and one of the best at Miami."

McGhee cannot wait to get on campus full time. He said, "The visit was great. Fun time. I do not want to rush my senior year of high school, but I am ready for college. It was really great playing with everyone (in open gym scrimmage). Talking to the coaches, seeing the campus more, and spending the weekend there was great."

McGhee also got a change to meet and have more contact with Miami Head basketball coach Charlie Coles. Due to Coach Coles' health concerns, McGhee never had much contact with the coaching legend.

The visit began on the Friday night before the game around 6:00 p.m. for dinner. He was taken to Pasanos Italian restaurant in Oxford. There he met fellow class of 2009 commits Orlando Williams and Mark Anderson. The rest of the evening he just hung out with the team.

The next morning, he attended the open gym in the Millett Hall sub-gym and watched the current Miami players scrimmage for an hour. After the coaches left, McGhee, Williams, and Allen Roberts joined in the scrimmage. McGhee matched up head-to-head with 4th year junior Adam Fletcher. McGhee said of playing against Fletcher, "He is a pretty big guy. He will be a senior when I am a frosh. He is strong. It shows what I will need to be strength wise."

After the scrimmage, McGhee got the opportunity to formally meet Roberts and Drew Kelly. He attended the basketball tailgate party and attended the Miami-Temple football game at Yager Stadium.

In the evening, he had dinner with the coaches and players at Brick Street in Uptown Oxford. He also went out with Miami freshman Kramer Soderberg and Kelly for ice cream and then hung out the rest of the evening.

The next morning, McGhee ate breakfast and then bought a Miami hooded sweatshirt before he went home.

When asked to describe his future teammates, McGhee said, "Orlando and Mark are great guys. Roberts is a real good player and so is Orlando. Kelly is a real fun guy, just funny."

During his junior season at North Ridgeville, he averaged 17 points, 13 rebounds, and a very impressive 6 blocks per game.

McGhee chose Miami after interest from Kent State and most of the MAC, Davidson, Stanford, Georgia Tech, Notre Dame, Marquette, Minnesota, Penn State, Pittsburgh, Baylor, Butler, Providence, and St. Louis.

Previously, McGhee told RedHawk Insider, "The coaches said nothing will be given to me. I am going to work my butt off. The coaches showed me how they used Tim Pollitz and got him open in the post."


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