Former 2024 Kansas basketball recruiting target Liam McNeeley decommits from Indiana

Action from the championship game between Montverde Academy and Long Island Lutheran High School
Action from the championship game between Montverde Academy and Long Island Lutheran High School / Andrew West/The News-Press / USA TODAY

Despite the announcement that head coach Mike Woodson would return for the 2024-25 season, 5-star recruit Liam McNeeley decommitted from Indiana on Thursday evening. McNeeley chose the Hoosiers over Kansas basketball back in October and signed his letter of intent a month later. However, he has always been a name to keep an eye on due to the poor play of IU this year.

McNeeley is a 6-foot-7, 210-pound small forward from Richardson, Texas but plays his high school basketball for Montverde Academy in Florida. McNeeley is rated as the No. 15 player in the 2024 recruiting class, according to the 247 Sports Composite rankings. He has a silky-smooth jump shot that will likely draw him comparisons to Gradey Dick and Johnny Furphy, and he is a great passer for his size.

The Jayhawks have a dire need for shooting for next year, as the spacing has been a cause for concern with the team this year. KU shoots the 337th most 3-pointers in Division I and hits them at a 34.4% rate. The team simply needs more shooters on the roster to open the floor for Hunter Dickinson to be at his best, and there are rumors that the All-American candidate will return for a super-senior season.

With Johnny Furphy being projected as a lottery pick in some mock drafts, it would be surprising at this point to see him return for next year. McNeeley would be a nice replacement for Furphy if he chooses to head to the NBA. There have already been some crystal balls placed on 247 Sports for McNeeley to commit to Kansas.

McNeeley would join fellow 5-star recruit Flory Bidunga and 4-stars Labaron Philon and Rakease Passmore in KU's 2024 class should he commit to the Jayhawks. While there is no timetable for when he will decide on his new school, it is extremely late in the recruiting process, so he likely had a school in mind when decommitting from IU.