Mike Woodson shares outlook for immediate impact from 5-star prospect Mackenzie Mgbako
Mike Woodson pulled in a big recruiting win for Indiana recently, landing 5-star prospect Mackenzie Mgbako as a late addition to the 2023 recruiting class. Mgbako previously signed with Duke before requesting a release from his NLI.
On Tuesday, Indiana officially introduced Mgbako as the newest member of the Hoosiers. A dynamic 6-foot-8 scorer, Woodson detailed the possibility for Mgbako to have an immediate impact on the program.
“Mackenzie is a dynamic player and an outstanding young man from a great family. He has the chance to have an immediate impact on our program,” said Woodson per IU’s press release. “He’s a tremendous offensive player who gives us athleticism, length and the ability to be an inside/out threat. He can beat people off the dribble, rebound, run the floor and guard multiple positions. Like most freshmen, he will benefit greatly from time in the weight room. He is a winner who has played against high-level competition and was a state champion in high school. We can’t wait to welcome him and his family to Bloomington.”
“He has the chance to have an immediate impact on our program. He’s a tremendous offensive player who gives us athleticism, length & the ability to be an inside/out threat.”
Hoosier Nation – follow + welcome @MackenzieMgbako to Indiana! ⚪️🔴 https://t.co/PBl5UTWzFI
— Indiana Basketball (@IndianaMBB) May 16, 2023
Along with Mgbako, Indiana has signed 4-star PG Gabe Cupps and 4-star CG Jakai Newton in the 2023 recruiting class. The Hoosiers also dipped into the recruiting class for PF Anthony Walker (Miami), center Kel’el Ware (Oregon) and center Payton Sparks (Ball State).
After losing some key pieces to the NBA, Woodson and his staff have done a great job reloading, and Mgbako looks like a key piece of the roster for the 2023-24 season.