Is Bawa Muniru the final piece to the 2009 puzzle?

  • 09/23/2008 10:19 pm in

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So, I think if there’s anything we’ve asked for, it’s a legit big man in the 2009 class. Or any class, really. (Perhaps it’s just me that’s asking for that. But outside of D.J., we’ve struggled up front in recent years.)

Well, with 6-11 center Bawa Muniru (far left) on campus this weekend for a visit (a visit it appears he had fun on from the looks of this picture sent via a tipster), perhaps we’ve found our man — though he does have the “project” tag labeled on him. He’s only been playing ball a few years, but is ranked in the Rivals Top 150. And then there’s this little nugget:

He played last season in Alabama, but enrolled this fall in Charis Prep in North Carolina. Charis is not certified by the NCAA, but if his academics are in order for the previous three years, he could do enough work on his own to be eligible in 2009 or he could spend a year in prep school.

A bit curious, but hopefully his grades are in order if he agrees to come play for IU.

And really from this picture, how can you not like this dude already?

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  • kgork

    Ahhhh, Briscoe freshmen

  • kgork

    Ahhhh, Briscoe freshmen

  • jgongora86

    I have to admit Bawa was not the first thing that caught my eye. At least I'm being honest. What I want from 6'11″ basketball players is athleticism, and the ability to be mean. Those two traits make for a possible big time star come junior year.

  • jgongora86

    I have to admit Bawa was not the first thing that caught my eye. At least I'm being honest. What I want from 6'11″ basketball players is athleticism, and the ability to be mean. Those two traits make for a possible big time star come junior year.

  • TheMiz

    Glad to see IU is using every available, ahem, recruiting resource during these on-campus visits.

    Ship a verbal from Muniru or Braswell sometime in the next week or so and I will be a happy fan. Although all the recruits coming in next year will still be freshmen, add that to the current freshmen with a year or experience and my senior year will be a lot more exciting than I was expecting it to be a few months ago. I can thank Tom Crean for that.

    Slightly saddening article in Tuesday's IDS about the state of IU athletics. Between our flagship sport getting back on track under Crean and the new facilities scheduled completion over the next couple years, lets hope IU is on its way back to the top of the BigTen.

    http://www.idsnews.com/news/story.aspx?id=62942

    go hoosiers

  • TheMiz

    Glad to see IU is using every available, ahem, recruiting resource during these on-campus visits.

    Ship a verbal from Muniru or Braswell sometime in the next week or so and I will be a happy fan. Although all the recruits coming in next year will still be freshmen, add that to the current freshmen with a year or experience and my senior year will be a lot more exciting than I was expecting it to be a few months ago. I can thank Tom Crean for that.

    Slightly saddening article in Tuesday's IDS about the state of IU athletics. Between our flagship sport getting back on track under Crean and the new facilities scheduled completion over the next couple years, lets hope IU is on its way back to the top of the BigTen.

    http://www.idsnews.com/news/story.aspx?id=62942

    go hoosiers

  • TomCoverdaleIUHero

    All I have to say is this

    🙂

    Chick on the far right is kinda scary looking

  • TomCoverdaleIUHero

    All I have to say is this

    🙂

    Chick on the far right is kinda scary looking

  • hoosier07

    haha looks like Foster to me ….

  • hoosier07

    haha looks like Foster to me ….

  • BobbyDigital

    I thought I read the other day that he was leaving Charis because of their ncaa issues.

    edit: it looks like he'll end up at Central Park Christian in Birmingham.

  • BobbyDigital

    I thought I read the other day that he was leaving Charis because of their ncaa issues.

    edit: it looks like he'll end up at Central Park Christian in Birmingham.

  • JerryCT

    I suppose it is against NCAA rules to assist his HS choice to eventually qualify until after he commits…………or maybe IU cannot help after he commits………don't know

    I actually like a few calculated risks on 7ft “projects” because they tend to stay 4 years and appreciate their opportunity

  • JerryCT

    I suppose it is against NCAA rules to assist his HS choice to eventually qualify until after he commits…………or maybe IU cannot help after he commits………don't know

    I actually like a few calculated risks on 7ft “projects” because they tend to stay 4 years and appreciate their opportunity

  • tberry

    “I want people who are turnaround specialists,” Greenspan said. “Who, at some point in time, have taken a program or been in a program that didn’t have the resources of the competitive success … and have demonstrated through their efforts that they’ve been able to do that.”

    …and exactly how does Bill Lynch demonstrate what is wanted? Then why was he hired? As I always say, ” don't look at what people say but at what they do, if you want to see what hey really believe.” Bill Lynch has and does not fill any of Greenspan's stated requirements to be hired.

  • tberry

    “I want people who are turnaround specialists,” Greenspan said. “Who, at some point in time, have taken a program or been in a program that didn’t have the resources of the competitive success … and have demonstrated through their efforts that they’ve been able to do that.”

    …and exactly how does Bill Lynch demonstrate what is wanted? Then why was he hired? As I always say, ” don't look at what people say but at what they do, if you want to see what hey really believe.” Bill Lynch has and does not fill any of Greenspan's stated requirements to be hired.

  • hoosierfan27

    Ya that is Foster probably I lived there a couple years ago and all the b-ball players lived in Foster Harper. Heard a funny story about Armon Basset the other day from a girl who lived on his floor freshman year. She said that on numerous occasions he would get hammered, strip naked, and run around the floor asking any girl he saw if she wanted to f*** him. What a joke.

  • hoosierfan27

    Ya that is Foster probably I lived there a couple years ago and all the b-ball players lived in Foster Harper. Heard a funny story about Armon Basset the other day from a girl who lived on his floor freshman year. She said that on numerous occasions he would get hammered, strip naked, and run around the floor asking any girl he saw if she wanted to f*** him. What a joke.

  • I was really expecting someone to make a crack about the four brothers and the four white girls… It's good to see everyone keeping it clean.

    Bawatibaw is huge though, love to see him in the cream and crimson in 09.

  • I was really expecting someone to make a crack about the four brothers and the four white girls… It's good to see everyone keeping it clean.

    Bawatibaw is huge though, love to see him in the cream and crimson in 09.

  • peaychris

    all gotta say is pimpin ani' easy but its necessary…..

  • peaychris

    all gotta say is pimpin ani' easy but its necessary…..

  • B_MD

    Good advice. Similar to political campaigns, look at how they've voted in the past, not what they say on the campaign trail.

  • BGleas

    Good advice. Similar to political campaigns, look at how they've voted in the past, not what they say on the campaign trail.

  • hoostheman

    Sounds like this dude would be a good fit for our squad… One question. Which one is Bawa?

  • hoostheman

    Sounds like this dude would be a good fit for our squad… One question. Which one is Bawa?

  • Taskmaster75

    Hmmm, he's a center….(I would go with the tall one)

  • Taskmaster75

    Hmmm, he's a center….(I would go with the tall one)

  • TomCoverdaleIUHero

    Yea its Bawa Nick Williams Verdell Jones and Malik Story from left to right

  • TomCoverdaleIUHero

    Yea its Bawa Nick Williams Verdell Jones and Malik Story from left to right

  • Fuckyouasshole

    Hey asshole, I'm the chick on the right. It's not a good picture of me, but you don't have to be such a fucking dick.

  • Fuckyouasshole

    Hey asshole, I'm the chick on the right. It's not a good picture of me, but you don't have to be such a fucking dick.

  • Fuckyouasshole

    Thank you.

  • Fuckyouasshole

    Thank you.

  • junkman

    I understand honey…I don't think they would put scary girls in front of recruits.

  • junkman

    I understand honey…I don't think they would put scary girls in front of recruits.

  • Mark311

    We're trying to do things the right way. The pic posted by Ryan should be should be labeled, “White Whores Help Land IU Recruit”

  • Mark311

    We're trying to do things the right way. The pic posted by Ryan should be should be labeled, “White Whores Help Land IU Recruit”

  • Mark311

    We're trying to do things the right way. The pic posted by Ryan should be should be labeled, “White Whores Help Land IU Recruit”

  • Abu kassim Tabasu

    i have nown bawa muniru for over 13 yrs,during that period he never played basketball,but i have always known him to be a very powerful lad physically and mentally strong instead of been a bully like most srong kids turn out to be,he was rather the messier of his week friends against tough boys is age and older,as a result he became very famouse in his native land.,positve,charismatic and a very flexible boy who learns very quick. When he took up basketball later than most players do,i new it would not take him much time to break through , this is a guy a lot of people back home in Tumu Ghana have high hopes in ,that he will make us all proud by becoming one of the finest stars in the NBA in the near future. He carries the hopes of about fifty thousand people in his native sissala district Tumu in Ghana.