Harangody Misses Nike, Works On Choice

Merrillville (Ind.) Andrean power forward Luke Harangody told Bucknuts.com Wednesday he is skipping this week's Nike All-American Camp so he can concentrate on his college decision. He has narrowed his choices to three schools. Click here to see where things stand.

It was widely believed that Merrillville (Ind.) Andrean power forward Luke Harangody would be at this week's Nike All-American Camp. After all, the camp is being held in his home state of Indiana near the IUPUI campus.

But the 6-8, 245-pound Harangody, ranked as the nation's No. 52 senior-to-be by ScoutHoops.com, told Bucknuts.com this afternoon that he has decided to take a break and concentrate on his college choice.

"I just wanted to take the rest of the summer off and let my body and my mind relax," Harangody said. "I wanted to think about my decision. I just chose not to go."

Harangody confirmed that his final three schools are Ohio State, Notre Dame and Purdue.

"It's coming up real soon," Harangody said regarding his decision. "But I don't have a specific date. It will probably be by the end of July."

Regarding Purdue, he said, "They have been recruiting me the longest of those three schools. I think (new coach) Matt Painter has a great chance of doing some things there."

In terms of Notre Dame, Harangody said, "They are just the type of program that has the type of players coming in so they can have strong teams and make a good run."

OSU, of course, just got verbals from Indiana standouts Greg Oden and Mike Conley Jr., who played alongside Harangody during a three-game exhibition series against Indiana's top outgoing seniors.

"They talked to me about Ohio State," Harangody said. "That was a great experience playing with them. But I don't think I would say that will sway my decision one way or the other."

The Buckeyes have four verbals in their Class of 2006. But Matta and his staff are still recruiting several power forward candidates. Harangody would be at or near the top of their wish list.

Regarding Ohio State, Harangody said, "I always just liked Coach Matta, even when he was at Xavier. He's a great guy and their coaching staff is pretty good as well. That's probably the biggest thing I like about Ohio State."

Harangody, who previously dropped Indiana and Northwestern from consideration, averaged 23 points and 12 rebounds per game as a junior for Andrean.

"I feel I am a hard worker around the basket, but I feel I can also go outside and shoot the 15 footer," he said.

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