Mr. Woodson, Liam is on line one.
Class of 2024 5-star forward Liam McNeeley has committed to Indiana.
The 6-foot-7 McNeeley announced the news live on ESPN on Sunday afternoon.
“Coach Woodson has been recruiting me for a really long time,” McNeeley said on the ESPN broadcast. “Their (Indiana’s) interest in me has never wavered. They’ve been the most consistent recruiting me, and I just feel really comfortable with them.”
McNeeley said who he would be targeting to join him in Indiana’s class of 2024. He pointed to his teammate who was there for the announcement in Las Vegas.
“My first call will be to the man right here, Derik Queen,” McNeeley said. “We need Derik Queen to come be a Hoosier.”
He had one more potential classmate in mind.
“Boogie Fland, that call is coming, you know it,” McNeeley said.
McNeeley chose Indiana over Kansas. He previously named a top-six that also included Oklahoma, Texas, Michigan and Alabama.
It was very much a group effort by the Indiana staff, with assistant coach Brian Walsh leading the way.
In the rankings era, McNeeley is among the top-five all-time highest rated IU basketball recruits.
He’s ranked the No. 14 overall player in nation, according to the On3 Industry Average, the No. 6 small forward, and he’s a consensus top-20 prospect across the recruiting services.
As a junior at national prep school powerhouse Montverde Academy, McNeeley averaged 13.7 points, 4.5 rebounds and 1.2 steals a game last season.
On the Nike EYBL circuit he posted 16.7 points, 5.1 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game. One of the best shooters in his class, he shot above 40 percent from three both in high school and EYBL action.
The Richardson, Texas product is Indiana’s first commit in the class of 2024.
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