Drew McGhee Starting Senior Season Strong

Drew McGhee has started strong in his final year of high school basketball. RedHawk Insider caught up with the 6'10", 210 pound Miami signee from North Ridgeville, Ohio to discuss his progress so far after the first few weeks of his senior season.

Drew McGhee has started strong in his final year of high school basketball. RedHawk Insider caught up with the 6'10", 210 pound Miami signee from North Ridgeville, Ohio to discuss his progress so far after the first few weeks of his senior season.

Although North Ridgeville High School has struggled out the gate (1-2), McGhee has not. After three games, he is averaging approximately 20 points a game. In addition, McGhee's 14 rebounds a game have the standout averaging a solid double-double. McGhee is also blocking 6 shots a game.

McGhee is looking to improve his team's record and win a league title. McGhee said, "We have started 1-2, but 1-0 in the conference. So we still have a chance to win the conference championship." One loss in particular was unnerving to the star center. "We lost to Valley Forge after being up 22-10 at the half."

McGhee has been working to get bigger to prepare for his freshman year at Miami. McGhee explained, "I want to get bigger, that is a given. I need to get bigger and stronger."

McGhee has been in frequent contact with Miami assistant Ryan Pedon. "I talk to Coach Pedon a lot," McGhee said, "We've discussed our season and Miami's season." McGhee said Pedon was planning on making the trip north to catch McGhee's game on Friday, January 2.

McGhee has been following Miami's early season success so far. Despite playing only three home games against a scheduled ranked #10 in the country in the RPI (out of 343 teams), Miami has managed to post a 7-4 record. "Miami is playing pretty good. All the losses were to some pretty good teams. Losing Kenny (Hayes) is bad for Miami now, but will be good for me next year."

McGhee plans on attending Miami's games at nearby Bowling Green and Akron. He also plans to attend some games at Millett Hall as well.

McGhee told RedHawk Insider in September that he very excited to be 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 (Mark Anderson) who led the nation in scoring, the real big guy from Tennessee (Drew Kelly) who is the number two player in the state, and the two good guards (Allen Roberts, Orlando Williams) are stacked." McGhee explained that the Miami coaching staff told him that "this could be the best recruiting class of all midmajors in the nation and one of the best at Miami."

During the weekend of the Miami-Temple football game, all five Miami signees took visits to Oxford and McGhee had the opportunity to meet his future teammates. 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."

Since that visit, he continues to stay in touch with the other Drew. McGhee said, "I text Drew Kelly every once in awhile." Recently, McGhee texted Kelly to congratulate him on his big performance at the King of the Bluegrass tournament in Louisville, Kentucky. In that event, Kelly scored point totals of 47 and 67 (tourney record) in two different games. In the 67 point performance, Kelly also had a triple double (12 rebounds, 10 assists).


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