TAVARES, Florida — Liam McNeely is a highly skilled power forward from Texas who recently transferred to the Monverde Academy in Florida.
The 6-foot-7, 190-pound prospect established himself among the best in class, finishing 22nd overall in the country and chasing down several big players.
McNeely sat down with 247Sports over the weekend to discuss his move to the Powerhouse program, his recent visit to Indiana and what’s next.
“It was great,” he said of the move to Monverde. “I came here to improve and prepare for college and the next level after that, and that helps me a lot. That’s my goal – to keep getting better.”
Over the weekend, McNeely was able to show how he can be used in a variety of ways, from shooting to assist, floor dribble and more. These are all reasons schools call his name.
“Everything is going well, the coaches hit me a lot,” he said of his hiring. “I visited Indiana a couple of weeks ago and it was a great visit, but right now I’m focused on the season.”
Looking back on my visit to Indianahe shared his favorite part of his time in Bloomington.
“Just meet all the coaches and get to know them on a personal level,” he said. “The coaches all have great personalities and they are all great basketball minds.”
He doesn’t have any other appointments at the moment, but he’s setting up one with Texas Longhorns.
“I really like the coach [Chris] Beard,” he said of his home state team. “He is a great guy and very personable. Austin is a great city, it’s a lot of fun, they have a good football team, and it’s one of the best academic schools in the country, so overall it’s a great school.”
While he’s working on fixing this visit in Texas, there are two other schools that are prioritizing it, and he says he’ll “probably” visit LSU and Oklahoma State.
LSU: “I talk a lot with Coach Toppert and Coach McMahon is a great coach. This is his first year at LSU. I’m excited to see what he can do with LSU’s resources.”
State of Oklahoma: “Coach Boynton has by far the best shoe game in the country. Everyone knows this. Oklahoma State actually just got one of my teammates, Justin McBride, he just got there last week and also Jamiron Keller. I know some people there, it’s a great program Cade Cunningham went to Monverde and then to Oklahoma.”
McNeely is considered the third most powerful striker in the country.