Crean talks newest 2008 recruit, Malik Story

  • 06/30/2008 9:32 pm in

mstory.jpgHere is an IU release on Malik Story, the latest and likely the last recruit to join the 2008 class:

Bloomington, Indiana – Indiana University Men’s Basketball Coach Tom Crean has announced that Malik Story, a 6-5 forward/guard who led Artesia (Calif.) High School to two state championships, has accepted a scholarship offer and will attend IU beginning this fall.

“To get someone of Malik’s ability this late in the year is really exciting for all of us,” added Crean. “He is a proven winner who knows how to win championships, and has improved a great deal over the last few years. Malik was off of the recruiting radar for some time because of his early commitment, but nonetheless, he has always proven to be someone that plays at a high level, that wins, and that gets better.”

The Los Angeles product averaged 13.0 points as a sophomore and 14.7 points as a junior at Artesia H.S., helping his prep team to a 66-3 record during that two-year run. He chose IU over USC, Oregon and Georgetown.

He also played on a summer national championship team with UCLA’s Kevin Love and Arizona’s Chase Budinger.

“We are very fortunate to have him coming to Indiana with the ability to step in and help contribute in our program right away,” said Crean. “He has built his range and his ability to get to the rim, and we look for to helping him improve in those areas. We love his strength, and we love the fact that he loves the game and wants to improve. It is a pleasure to have him.”

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  • Kelin Blab

    Finally some good news….oh wait just read Malik Story got a duffle bag from Senderoff and in it was a cell phone with KS on the other line, even though the caller ID said KS, it could have been any KS according to KS…such as King Solomon….

  • Kelin Blab

    Nice Greenspan considering writing a book…..can' t wait.

  • B_MD

    I hate to be Debbie-Downer, but I just can't shake the feeling that we're signing way to many perimeter players in the '08 and '09 classes. Aren't Williams, Creek, Dumes and Story kind of duplicating each other, especially when we're also bringing in Jones and Rivers who are big point guards who can swing over to the 2 at times?

    Just asking the question. I know we're in a “take who we can get if they're talented” kind of position right now, but we seem to have several talented bigger players in '09 interested in IU and only 1 scholly left.

    Should we have held off on one of these perimeter players?

  • pacino

    I completely agree with you Kelin! I love what Crean is doing, but he may be getting a bit trigger happy with the scholorship offers to all the combo guards. He needs to focus on getting a stud big man that can really carry a team. Pritchard and Capobianco are great but they are role players. Every good team has at least one stud big man. We really need Van Treese or Roger Franklin.

  • pacino

    Does anyone know if Jeremiah Rivers is any good? Who will be our point guard next year? Im guessing Devan Dumes.

  • B_MD

    I can't comment a ton on him as a player, but I know the family and have worked with Doc, and we're getting a good kid that IU fans will be happy to root for. He's a hard worker and does and says all the right things.

    Is he going to be a star, probably not, but he plays defense and has a high BBall IQ.

    But the larger question is do we really need all of these guys on the perimeter? WIlliams, Dumes, Story, Roth, Creek, Hulls, Jones and Rivers? I think we should have just taken two point guards and with all of the wings, I'm sure 1 or 2 have enough skills to backup the point in a pinch.

  • ALH_00

    I agree with you. I just think Crean is saying, “whatever, I'm going to get some athletes in here and we'll run the floor to try to win, because we're going to be small.”

    I see alot of p.t. all around, so you've got to get the number of eligible players to a level that allows some substitutions.

    Again, I agree with you…that's just me channeling Crean.

  • B_MD

    I guess, but I see him looking more long-term than that. Maybe with some of those '09 guys we're in the top three, but we're #3 so he thinks it's a long shot, who knows.

    I'm loving Crean though, just asking some questions.

  • Disco_Briscoe

    Franklin isn't a big man or a stud…he's just high energy.

  • Disco_Briscoe

    Rivers is solid (sitting out next year) and Jones will prob be the starting pg.

  • Disco_Briscoe

    There is no problem having all these 6-5's on the team. Yes we are small this year but you can't start to recruit late and plan on landing a few 6-8+'s. All these guys are here to bring in a good attitude and competition. The better players will sort themselves out, some will leave, and some will realize they are role players and be on the bench. It will play out fine, give it time. We will hopefully have one more big (SVT?) coming in next years class and then we will have 5 6-8+'s. Will you say thats too many next year?

  • B_MD

    I wasn't talking about landing a bunch of big men in the '08 class, I'm talking about '09 where it is reported that there are a few bigger players considering IU, but as of right now (unless my #'s are wrong) we only have 1 scholarship left.

    I won't complain about 5 6-8+'s because you need that many big men to win. And, It's much more than 5 perimeter players. Add in the PG's and in '09 we're slated to have 8 perimeter players. Where are all of these guys going to play? I guess we hope 1-2 transfer.

    I don't mean this as huge knock on Crean, I'm very happy to have him and I understand we're in a tough situation. Maybe these 3-4 bigger players that are considering IU next year aren't giving the vibe that we're tops on the list so Crean is getting the talent where he can. That's totally plausible. I'm just asking the question, because it seems with the numbers that we have another 3 years or so of being pretty light up front.

  • JerryCT

    I too am not so sure what to think about what we have but lets look at Marquette's team last year for guidance:

    James 5'11″, McNeal 6'3″, Matthews 6'5″, Hayward 6'6″, Acker 5'8″, Cubillon 6'0″ and Burke 6'8″ with another big I forget

    compared to

    Jones 6'3″, Dumes 6'2″, Williams 6'5″, Taber 6'8″, Pritchard 6'9″ , Jobe 7'0″, Story 6'5″

    I think we is creating a very similar team to last year's squad.

    One thing I DO know is that Pritchard WILL NOT be a role player. He was Cleveland Plain Dealer's POY and may turn out to be the best player of the bunch in either class. He is a banger

  • B_MD

    I still think we need more #'s as far as big men, but if someone like Pritchard ends up being much better than projected, then that would help a lot, especially if Elston heals nicely and we sign one more big in the '09 class that is ready to play immediately.

    A lot of people say we don't need big men because of Crean's style, but I question whether small ball is his style or if that was just the type of player he could recruit at Marquette. I've never heard of a coach that didn't want talented big men.

  • pacino

    Ur absolutely right. In a way I think it is a cover up for the challenge to bring in a immediate impact big. Of course every coach wants an all star big. The plain simple fact is IU has struggled recruting a class with depth at the big man position for years. DJ really had no other good big men to play with his whole career at IU. There was that one year he could of played alongside Marco Killingsworth, but then Like IUs luck DJ got hurt.

  • JerryCT

    I agree with you guys. Marquette and Nova both got hurt w no bigs and no depth in bigs. I hope its not a style.

  • B_MD

    If it's style then Crean can get us back on the national landscape, but not over the top. You absolutely need depth inside to win a NC. And not just role players, you need at least 2 quality big men.

  • pacino

    Ur absolutely right. In a way I think it is a cover up for the challenge to bring in a immediate impact big. Of course every coach wants an all star big. The plain simple fact is IU has struggled recruting a class with depth at the big man position for years. DJ really had no other good big men to play with his whole career at IU. There was that one year he could of played alongside Marco Killingsworth, but then Like IUs luck DJ got hurt.

  • JerryCT

    I agree with you guys. Marquette and Nova both got hurt w no bigs and no depth in bigs. I hope its not a style.

  • BGleas

    If it's style then Crean can get us back on the national landscape, but not over the top. You absolutely need depth inside to win a NC. And not just role players, you need at least 2 quality big men.