Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Mario Kegler (2016) commits to Mississippi State; De'ron Davis decides tomorrow

The writing has been on the wall for a while, but Mario Kegler made things official today and committed to Mississippi State. Kegler, who plays at Oak Hill Academy but hails from Jackson Mississippi, also considered Indiana, Arizona State, Baylor and Maryland. He took official visits to all five schools, including a trip to Bloomington for Hoosier Hysteria last month. In the end, the opportunity to join a fantastic incoming MSU class and return back to his home state was too much to pass up.

Indiana got in on this recruitment a bit later than most, but made enough of an impact to get Kegler in Assembly Hall in October. The Hoosiers' main target in the class is Colorado big man De'Ron Davis, who will announce his college decision tomorrow (THU 11/12). He has narrowed his list down to just Indiana and Mississippi State, but in this case the Hoosiers have been involved for years. New MSU head coach Ben Howland has had an impressive summer, assembling a 2016 class that now features four four-star prospects plus five-star Kegler. Davis would be the sixth member of the class but only the second big-man, joining 6'10" center Schnider Herard.

But my gut still tells me that Davis is Bloomington-bound. I understand the mutual interest with Mississippi State, but in the end the Hoosiers have been there the longest and offer a great opportunity for his career moving forward. Front-court minutes are widely available, with freshmen Thomas Bryant and Juwan Morgan being the only two current Hoosiers projected to be on the team next year. Davis is a phenomenal talent and I expect good news tomorrow for Hoosier fans.

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