The lone signee for the Indiana basketball program received a major honor this week as the nominees for the McDonald’s All-American game were unveiled. Liam McNeeley was among the nominees.
The five-star signee for Indiana is in the midst of another very good season for Montverde (Fla.) Academy. He’s currently averaging 13.4 points, 3.7 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game. He’s shooting 54 percent from the field and 53 percent (41-of-77) from three.
Last season, McNeeley averaged 13.7 points and was second in the NIBC averaging 2.2 made 3s per game. Over the summer playing for the Florida Rebels on the Nike EYBL Circuit this summer, McNeeley averaged 16.7 points, 5.1 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game across 17 games. He shot 37 percent from three (30-of-81).
“(He’s) an advanced shooter with great body control attacking closeouts. IQ shows at both ends,” NBA Draft analyst Wasserman wrote earlier this fall. “Instant impact coming at Indiana.”
McNeeley looks to be the 34th total McDonald’s All-American to play for the Indiana basketball program. Currently, Kel’el Ware and Mackenzie Mgbako are the two players on the roster with the honor. It’s the first time since 2016 that Indiana has multiple McDonald All-American’s on the same roster.
McNeeley is the fourth five-star prospect to commit to Indiana under Mike Woodson. He is the second-highest prospect to commit to Indiana since 2018.
“He does all the necessary things on and off the floor but I just like the fact that he competes. He likes to compete. He can shoot the ball. He can pass the ball. He handles the basketball. There’s a lot of quality things that he does on the floor and we’re fortunate enough to get him,” Woodson said this fall. ” … I’ll put it this way, I think he’s college ready from a physical standpoint.”
He chose Indiana over Kansas, which were his final two programs. He also had offers from Texas, Michigan, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Alabama and nearly two dozen other programs.
Indiana basketball is still heavily involved in the recruitment of McNeeley’s Montverde teammates, Derik Queen, who was also a McDonald’s All-American nominee.
This year the McDonald’s All-American game will take place on April 2 in Houston — McNeeley’s home state. The full rosters will be announced on Tuesday, January 23 on NBA Today between 3-4 pm ET on ESPN.
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