The Liam McNeeley Situation, Portal Names to Watch

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  • 🤔 The Liam McNeeley Situation 

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The Liam McNeeley Situation

The number one question I’ve been asked is about 2024 5-star recruit Liam McNeeley. I sent an update to VIP subscribers on March 19. I’ll share the latest with everyone now.

It appears we have a Scoop Off… This is What I’m Hearing:

🏀 On March 19, I wrote about a growing skepticism around the McNeeley to Kansas chatter:

2024 5-star Liam McNeeley has called a lock for Kansas after he decommitted from Indiana in early March.

I’m Hearing McNeeley to KU is NOT a done deal.

1) I've Heard KU isn't focused on adding more freshmen right now. Especially one-and-done freshmen. It wants experienced, proven players via the transfer portal.

2) KU could be downplaying its interest in McNeeley for optics after all the smoke immediately after the Indiana decommit. It’s a bad look, not to mention tampering implications.

It would also make sense if KU wants to weigh its options to see what's available in the portal. This could mean KU has some interest in McNeeley, but isn’t 100% sure yet.

I've Heard early-to-mid April as a likely decision date for Liam.

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🏀 I continue to Hear that KU isn’t actively recruiting McNeeley. It seems the Jayhawks are just warm on the sharp-shooting wing.

  • I’ve Heard the Jayhawks have communicated with him since he decommitted from Indiana, but I don’t think there’s been any frequent contact.

🏀 It’s my view that KU is prioritizing more experienced portal prospects. But…

🏀 There are other Certified Scoopers who believe McNeeley will end up at Kansas. I’ve Heard it from multiple people in the recruiting world.

  • In fact, most schools and recruiting experts think McNeeley is headed to Kansas. And the fit does make a lot of sense.

🏀 With great respect to my fellow Scoopers, I do trust my sources on this one. I think KU’s interest is less than widely believed.

  • These are quality Scoopers that I’m going up against.

🏀 Assuming he announces his commitment date, one Source told me the key indicator would be if McNeeley visits another school before the announcement.

  • If McNeely looks around, it probably means the Jayhawks aren’t his choice.

  • If we reach his announced decision date and he hasn’t taken a visit, then KU is the likely pick.

  • We’re getting close to the early-to-mid April timeline I Heard about early on. I’m not so sure about that right now.

🏀 Ultimately, there’s enough chatter for me to put it all out there like this and let you have both sides of the info. You can make up your own mind as this one plays out.

🏀 And for what it’s worth, I hope I’m wrong.

As soon as I Hear anything different, I’ll send a Scoops Texts alert out to VIP subscribers.

KU Portal Names to Watch:

I think we may get some movement on KU players entering the portal early next week. There’s one name I’m already Hearing about that I’m working to verify. I’ll tell VIP subscribers right away via Scoops Texts.

For now, here is a short list of portal names to watch:

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  • Braden Smith has struggled against the type of defense Gonzaga plays vs. ball screens. He hasn’t hit higher than 12 in his last five games… let’s make it six.

  • Ashworth made five threes in a 2OT game against Oregon. He hadn’t done that in his previous six games. He’s gonna shoot a lot, but the Vols can guard and limit extra possessions for Creighton.

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