Guard could eventually replace Wright

INDIANAPOLIS -- Joey Shaw looked at where he would fit in Mike Davis' offense and couldn't say no to the Indiana Hoosiers.

Shaw announced Monday his commitment to continue his basketball career at Indiana.

"I thought I was going to go to Texas," Shaw said. "But I took a visit there (Bloomington), and then all of a sudden, it just felt like the right place for me."

Shaw, a 6-6, 190-pound guard from Phoenix, is considered one of the top shooting guards in the West.

Indiana apparently envisions him as a taller version of Bracey Wright and Wright's eventual successor. Wright still has two years of eligibility, and Shaw said he was willing either to battle him for playing time or to start out on the bench if that's what Indiana wants.

But Hoosier coaches apparently have sold Shaw and his coach on something else -- that he may not be competing with Wright.

"They made it clear that Bracey definitely has aspirations at the next level and that he has a good chance of making it there," said Earl Flaggs, Shaw's AAU coach. "They needed a guy to come in and do a lot of similar things."

NCAA rules prohibit Davis and the other Indiana coaches from commenting on Shaw until he signs a national letter of intent.

Shaw averaged 19.8 points and seven rebounds per game last season at Glendale High School.

Flaggs called Shaw an accurate long-range shooter who can handle the ball. He also said Shaw is tough to defend because his height allows him to see over pressure defenses.

Shaw said the Hoosiers would use him primarily as a shooting guard or possibly as a swingman. He may even get some action at point guard.

Shaw becomes the third member of the Hoosiers' recruiting class, joining forward Marco Killingsworth and Lewis Monroe -- both transfers from Auburn.

Killingsworth and Monroe will both be required by NCAA rules to sit out this season. Each will have one year of eligibility remaining and will get to play with Shaw in 2005-06.

Shaw chose the Hoosiers over Texas, Arizona State and Nevada.

"I felt real comfortable there (at Indiana)," he said. "It's got a great tradition, and I want to be part of it."