Luke Harangody wants to say in the Midwest. So, it's not a surprise that all of his visits thus far have been in Big Ten country. His latest may have surpassed them all.
"It was probably the best visit for me so far," Harangody told Bucknuts on Tuesday evening about his weekend trip to Ohio State. "Coach (John) Groce and Coach (Thad) Matta were very personable. They were hands-on but very down-to-earth. I liked them a lot."
The visit to Ohio State was preceded by visits to Illinois, Purdue, and Notre Dame. Harangody enjoyed all three visits, but Ohio State was a hit for him, especially.
"I loved it, I mean, I really liked it a lot," he added. "I have already met the coaching staff before, but I liked the campus a lot and I really liked the facilities."
Being a 6-8 power forward from Merrillville, IN., the Andrean High School product is the 10th best forward in the national class of 2006 by The Insiders Hoops.
Harangody is a strong, physical player with a nice outside shot and a throwback mentality of playing the game.
He visited Ohio State with his father, Dave, who played football for the University of Indiana in the late 70's.
The two took in the Ohio State-Indiana football game, as well as the team's basketball practice in the morning.
"It was real interesting," Harangody said of the football atmosphere. "I was excited to see it (the game). It was a whole lot of fun."
Harangody added his thoughts about the basketball practice.
"I liked how they were playing," he said. "I liked how Coach Groce and Coach Matta were coaching the team. Overall it was a good experience."
Practice begins on November 8th for Harangody, who is anxious to get back to playing after a stress fracture sidelined him the last couple of months of his sophomore season.
Currently Harangody lists the four teams he's visited thus far, as well as Northwestern who he hopes to visit in the next few weeks.
He was averaging 21 points and 15 rebounds last season through eight games before the injury.
"I can't wait (to get back to playing for his high school team),"
Harangody said. "It's been a long off-season."