BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – In a significant boost to their roster, Indiana University’s men’s basketball team has welcomed a new star, Liam McNeeley, a five-star forward from Montverde Academy. McNeeley, standing at 6-7, has committed to the Hoosiers, marking a notable moment in the program’s history under head coach Mike Woodson.
McNeeley’s signing is historic, ranking him as the fourth-highest recruit in the program’s history. He chose Indiana over prestigious programs like Kansas, Oklahoma, Alabama, and home-state school Texas. This strategic triumph for Woodson secures at least one five-star prospect for the third consecutive year, highlighting his prowess in attracting players with NBA potential. McNeeley is ranked 13 in the nation by ESPN.
McNeeley’s Impressive Stats
During his junior year, McNeeley led Montverde in scoring, averaging 12.4 points per game. He also contributed significantly across the board with 4.0 rebounds, 2.2 assists, and 1.0 steal per game, showcasing his versatile playing style. His shooting accuracy stands out, with a 49.8% success rate from the floor and 44.8% from the 3-point line.
In the EYBL circuit, McNeeley’s performance was formidable, with averages of 16.8 points, 5.1 rebounds, and 2.1 assists, displaying his adaptability and skill across different competitive levels. His sophomore year at John Paul II High School was equally stellar, with averages of 17 points, nine rebounds, five assists, two steals, and two blocks per game, demonstrating his all-around prowess.
The Commitment Process
McNeeley’s decision to join Indiana follows consistent and unwavering interest from the Hoosiers. His commitment was solidified after his second official visit, indicating the strong impression made by the university and its basketball program. Woodson’s ability to connect with players and showcase Indiana as a pathway to professional basketball played a crucial role in McNeeley’s decision.
Future Recruitment Potential
McNeeley’s commitment could also signal a flourishing recruiting period for Indiana. His proactive approach to team-building is already in motion, with McNeeley expressing intent to recruit high-profile players like Derik Queen and Boogie Fland, his peers from the Montverde Academy.
McNeeley’s Impact on Hoosiers
With McNeeley’s signing, the Hoosiers not only secure a player with impressive statistics but also someone who could significantly influence the team’s dynamics. His ability to score, defend, and play make him a valuable asset for Indiana. His leadership qualities and commitment to the program’s success are evident, setting high expectations for his time with the Hoosiers.
As McNeeley dons the crimson and cream, Indiana University men’s basketball fans eagerly anticipate the skills and leadership he will bring to the team. His signing represents not just a triumph in recruitment but a promise of an exciting future for Hoosier basketball.