Tar Heels Early Favorite For McGhee

Anderson (Ind.) Highland's 6-9, 253-pound Gary McGhee said he hasn't ruled out Indiana, but is leaning toward North Carolina early in his recruitment.

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. –-- The success of Bloomington, Ind., native Sean May at North Carolina seems to have in-state talents looking outside of Indiana for a place to call home. For Anderson, Ind., center Gary McGhee, May's path is one he hopes to follow.

"North Carolina is my favorite right now," said McGhee, who plays at Anderson Highland H.S. "They have the prestige and they're known for playing good basketball. I just wanted to be a Tar Heel my entire life."

Watching May leave home for Tobacco Road on his way to a national title also helped to peak McGhee's interest.

"Sean May is my favorite player and I would love to do what he did – play for North Carolina and win a national title. I think our games are similar and we both know how to work in the paint. We both have good hands, which is important."

As of the Nike All-America Camp in Indianapolis, McGhee had garnered only one offer – from Bowling Green – heading into his junior season. He did, however, say he has already started to compile a list of schools.

"Most importantly I just want to get into a good college," said McGhee. "Right now it's mostly ACC. Miami or North Carolina, something like that. I haven't made any visits yet. Purdue and Indiana have shown interest in me. I'm listening to everyone right now."

While heading to Indiana would be the opposite of following May, McGhee is yet to say no to the Hoosiers.

"I haven't ruled out IU," said the 6'10", 245-pound center. "It would be nice to play there, I like IU. Indiana is a nice college. My dad ran track there and he tells me how nice it is. He thinks I should go there but he is leaving the decision up to me."

McGhee planned to use the Nike Camp as a chance to gauge where he is compared to other elite big men in the country.

"I think my skills compare nicely to the other big men here this year," said McGhee. "I need to hit the weight room and get bigger. I'm working on my lateral movement and free throws.

"I'm just here to showcase my skills to the college coaches and show them what I've got. You just have to play good because there are other good players here and they are trying to show something, too."

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