Bud Mackey, a 6-foot-4 guard from Georgetown, Ky., gave Indiana a verbal commitment Thursday night.
Mackey said in a telephone interview that he chose Indiana because of his relationship with coach Kelvin Sampson, who told Mackey that he sees the high school junior as a leader.
“Coach Sampson told me I was his guy,’ Mackey said. “He said he likes me more as a person than a player.”
Mackey attended Indiana’s Hoosier Hysteria event last Friday. His visit to a raucous Assembly Hall made an impression.
“Everyone in there loves coach Sampson, and the players seem to like it there,” Mackey said.
Mackey said he averaged 15 points for Scott County High School last season, including 20 points a game during the playoffs.
Mackey is considered a player whose stock is on the rise. He has grown two inches during the past year and played well during major AAU tournaments last summer.
He said he chose Indiana over Xavier, Miami of Florida, Tennessee and Louisville. He also had a scholarship offer from Kentucky.