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Mackenzie Mgbako, a 5-star recruit ranked eighth on the 247Sports composite listing of the highest 2023 males’s basketball prospects, has dedicated to Indiana over Louisville, St. John’s and Kansas after beforehand decommitting from Duke.
“The surroundings and help from town was what caught my consideration on my go to,” Mgbako mentioned relating to the Indiana commit, per Dushawn London of 247Sports. “They’re actually invested within the well-being of their gamers and have unwavering help for them.”
Per John Patrick Felts, the top of digital engagement for town of Fort Wayne, Indiana, Mgbako is the Hoosiers’ second-highest-rated recruit ever within the 247 Sports activities period behind solely Romeo Langford.
Mgbako additionally raved about Indiana head coach Mike Woodson relating to his determination.
“I selected IU as a result of I felt that Coach Woodson can put me able to develop and develop my sport,” Mgbako advised Joe Tipton of On3.
“The surroundings at Indiana is unmatched. It’s a spot the place I felt help from the teaching workers and followers. With Indiana and its roster, there’s an awesome chance to realize large issues and create a profitable tradition.”
The 6’8″, 210-pound ahead requested to be launched from his nationwide letter of intent with Duke on April 11. He now joins a powerful Hoosiers class of 2023 that features a pair of 4-star guards in Gabe Cupps and Jakai Newton in addition to three large males transfers in Anthony Walker, Kel’el Ware and Payton Sparks.
Mgbako is assured in Indiana’s probabilities this yr, saying, per London, that he thinks Indiana can win the Massive Ten.
“I’m excited to play with them,” Mgbako mentioned. “We’ve been in touch and constructed a superb relationship off the court docket, so on the court docket it’s going to be nice chemistry. We’ve good measurement and proficient guards. So, with that mixture and coach Woodson’s teaching, I consider we will win a convention championship this season.”
The McDonald’s All-American performed highschool ball at Roselle Catholic (New Jersey) and helped lead the crew to a state title within the Non-Public Group B bracket. Now he’ll make the leap to Indiana as Mgbako joins a Hoosiers squad with loads of potential for subsequent yr.