Indiana Big Man High on the Maize & Blue

Michigan's recruitment of Anderson (IN) High center Gary McGhee has flown under the radar for quite some time now, but recently it has been picking up steam.

GoBlueWolverine first learned of the Wolverines' interest in the Anderson, Indiana big man Gary McGhee back in the fall when assistant coach Mike Jackson made it down to the Hoosier state to see the youngster in action. Since then, McGhee kept a watchful eye on the Maize and Blue and caught a few of their games this year. What he saw has him very interested.

“I like (Michigan) because they get up and down and they go inside to their big fellas," McGhee said. "I also like them because they need a post presence inside."

McGhee's father, Gary Sr. also observed the Wolverines this past season, and he too became more interested as a result. Michigan's academic reputation makes the appeal of the Maize and Blue even greater.

“I am excited about Michigan recruiting my son," he said. "We will visit Michigan. They will definitely be one of our visits we make. I would like for him to go to a good school academically and Michigan is that. I like Michigan I am looking forward to talking to Tommy Amaker. I use to watch him in college. Hopefully he will have a good year and they will recruit well next year.”

The Michigan coaching staff should get a chance to see the young man play next weekend at the Kingwood Classic in Texas. Assistant Andy Moore has seen the 6-10, 260-pounder the most amongst the Michigan coaches, and Mr. McGhee indicated that the Wolverine staffer will be in for a big surprise the next time he sees his son.

“Gary has developed quite a bit since the last time they saw him," Mr. McGhee said. "If he keeps working hard his overall game will continue to improve."

It appears that dad isn't just blowing smoke about his son either. This weekend he took a big step in terms of his progress. His play at the Boo Williams Tournament in Hampton Virginia caught the attention of analyst Dave Telep.

"Major props to Gary McGhee," wrote Telep. "He took the fight to Gary Johnson and played stronger and more assertive offensively than we’ve ever seen. His pick and pop mid-range jumper appeared to be the game-winner until Johnson sent it into OT with a buzzer-beater."

McGhee felt that he played well also, and that it was just another step in the process of making himself better.

“I felt I ran the floor, rebounded, and my mid-range jumper was working as well," McGhee recalled. “I am getting stronger and running the floor better and trying to get my post moves together so I will be tougher down low."

A whole host of schools have already taken notice of McGhee's improvement. He is currently garnering interest from the likes of Wisconsin, Virginia, DePaul, Wake Forest, Miami and Connecticut. The McGhee family plans to visit a number of those schools in the near future, and Michigan is right near the top of that list

“I am looking forward to visiting Michigan real soon," McGhee said.

GoBlueWolverine will have much more on McGhee in the coming months.

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