IU basketball recruiting: Class of 2023 5-star Mackenzie Mgbako to visit

Can Indiana hit the late decommit jackpot three years in a row?

They are going to give it a shot with class of 2023 Mackenzie Mgbako, a former Duke commit.  He’ll be taking a visit to Indiana according to a report by Adam Zagoria.

According to Zagoria’s report, Mgbako will also visit St. John’s, Kansas and Louisville.

Mgbako played at Roselle Catholic High School in Gladstone, New Jersey.  He is a 5-star according to the On3 Consensus, and the No. 8 overall player in the 2023 class.

The 6-foot-8 and 220 pound wing is regarded as one of the best shooters in the 2023 class.  This is from the scouting summary by On3’s Jamie Shaw:

“It is all about the jump shot,” Shaw wrote.  “The release is consistent, high, and soft. Mgbako steps into it confidently off the catch and his balance is right on. Then you see the positional size at 6-foot-8/6-foot-9 and you see the attraction.”

This was Duke head coach Jon Scheyer’s assessment when Mgbako signed with the Blue Devils in November:

“He’s shown he’s one of the best players in the country with his size and ability to score at every level – shooting the three, creating off the bounce and in the post. I could tell early that he had a special feel for the game, an ability to score and rebound and make his teammates better,” Scheyer said.

He chose Duke over Kentucky, Memphis and Ohio State.

Mgbako was a 2023 McDonald’s All-American.  He averaged 16.3 points and 9.2 rebounds in 16 games and earned All-State honors this season.

Indiana currently has two guards in their 2023 class — point Gabe Cupps and combo Jakai Newton.  Mgbako could fill a serious need for the Hoosiers not only in the class but overall, as they lack a proven high volume perimeter shooter to this point.

Mgbako is a point forward who could step into the wing role vacated by Miller Kopp.

IU has had success under Mike Woodson closing relatively short recruitments following decommitments. He landed top-40 prospects Malik Reneau and Tamar Bates during the late signing period during each of the last two years.

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