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Indiana Basketball: 2023 five-star forward Mackenzie Mgbako to visit Indiana



Mar 28, 2023; Houston, TX, USA; McDonald's All American East forward Mackenzie Mgbako (24) stands on the court during the first half against the McDonald's All American West at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Maria Lysaker-USA TODAY Sports

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It was announced per Adam Zagoria that 2023 five-star forward Mackenzie Mgbako will visit Indiana.

He will also visit Kansas and Louisville as well as St. Johns.

Sources confirm to that a visit to Indiana has been discussed and expected for early May. An overall college decision is still a ways off, however. The visit is set to begin May 5 at night. He will arrive in Bloomington around 11 pm. Saturday is the majority of his visit.

His visit schedule is St. John’s, Kansas, Indiana and then Louisville.

The 6-foot-8, McDonald’s All-American wing is out of Roselle Catholic High School in Gladstone, New Jersey. Originally signed with Duke before decommitting earlier this month.

He is a consensus five-star and is one of the best pure shooters in the class of 2023.

Mgbako is ranked No. 8 by Rivals, No. 7 by 247Sports, No. 12 by On3, and No. 9 in the ESPN Top 100.

Here is what Director of scouting for 247Sports Adam Finkelstein has said about Mackenzie Mgbako’s game. 

“His shot-making from behind the arc is his best asset. He can also make the types of shots that translate to the next level – pick-and-pop threes, slipping out of ball screens to make shots on the move, or creating space with a series of side-step or step-back shots. The mid-post has long been a staple of his individual offense, but now he’s getting some easy points by moving without the ball more freely.

“Physically, Mgbako appears to be in the best shape of his career to date and was also productive enough on the glass to hold his own at the four. His swing skills are his defensive versatility and shot-creation abilities, both of which are rooted in his mobility, footspeed, and ability to play low to the ground when necessary. If those two areas develop, both his versatility and overall projection will go to new levels.”

As he enters his Indiana basketball visit, Kansas has been rumored to be the ‘team to beat’.

Indiana currently has two open scholarships with center Kel’el Ware and forward Payton Sparks transferring to Indiana. The Hoosiers also received the news that Xavier Johnson would be returning.

If Mike Woodson and Indiana were to land a commitment of Mgbako, this would be the third season in a row that the Hoosiers have gained a commitment from a previously committed player at a different school with guard Tamar Bates and forward Malik Reneau coming before.


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Kyler Staley is a Basketball Recruiting Analyst for Hoosier Illustrated, a comprehensive site covering news, updates and recruiting for Indiana University athletics. Kyler has been in the basketball recruiting industry since 2019 and is a credentialed media member. He has covered Indiana since 2021 while continuing to also work for Prep Hoops Indiana. He has previously worked for Rivals.