And now, an attempt at answering your Bawa Muniru inquiries

  • 02/17/2009 1:00 pm in

Believe it or not, we actually get some emails here at ITH from time to time. Normally, they fall into two categories: 1) Here is a link to an article I would post if I was an editor. I think you should post it. NOW! 2) Can you please break down said player and give me some more information like his stats and whether or not he’ll play right away when he gets to Bloomington. Also, a link to his Facebook page would be good, too.

This afternoon, I’m going to address nΓΊmero dos. The subject: Bawa Muniru. Here is a sampling of the questions you’ve submitted, either via email or by your comments followed by my responses.

What is the deal with Bawa? I have not seen any video or stats.

The deal with Bawa is that he’s a 7-footer with tremendous upside, but at this point, he’s extremely limited offensively. He’s not Tijan Jobe limited, but he’s got some work to do and with the help of Roshown McLeod, I’d expect him to improve immensely in that aspect of his game. As far as video goes, this clip, which basically shows him throwing down a couple of thunderous dunks is all I’ve been able to scrounge up. The reason his stats haven’t been reported is that very few, if any, newspapers cover Mt. Zion Academy’s basketball team and the school’s Web site doesn’t report stats.

Are we excited about this guy?

There’s a lot to like about Bawa other than the fact that he’s fluent in six languages. Right off the top, he’s seven feet tall or pretty darn close to it. IU desperately needs interior size and rebounding. As we’ve seen, Tom Pritchard can’t go it alone, especially in the Big Ten. Muniru has made strides on the defensive end and is more than capable of blocking shots and contributing on the glass. I don’t necessarily see him morphing into Hasheem Thabeet down the road, but with the right work ethic and a willingness to be coached up, he should be a solid addition to the IU program. And speaking of work ethic and attitude, all reports are that he’s a great kid, so there shouldn’t be any problems.

Any chance he won’t end up at IU?

I’ve heard those whispers, but nothing concrete enough to report to this point. Most of the chatter seems to revolve around Muniru’s transcript and whether or not he’ll be cleared to play next fall. Presumably the reason Muniru decided on Mt. Zion (a prepatory academy) was to get the necessary work done in the classroom to get eligible, but I haven’t heard confirmation that he’s reached that goal.

Can you guys put together a piece on Bawa?

I think we just did.

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  • Hardwood83

    I would love it if he was the second coming of Hakeem Olajuwon- but I'll take a Dikembe Mutumboesqe type. IU definately needs help with interior defense & rebounding and sounds like Bawa can provide that right away. If Pritchard can improve his agility/explosiveness a little I can see him getting time at the 4 spot to offer an inside scoring option with Bawa as a D specialist. From all appearances Crean's offenses are guard/swingman driven and the recruiting so far seems to match that. Get those grades in order Bawa we need you!

  • Hardwood83

    I would love it if he was the second coming of Hakeem Olajuwon- but I'll take a Dikembe Mutumboesqe type. IU definately needs help with interior defense & rebounding and sounds like Bawa can provide that right away. If Pritchard can improve his agility/explosiveness a little I can see him getting time at the 4 spot to offer an inside scoring option with Bawa as a D specialist. From all appearances Crean's offenses are guard/swingman driven and the recruiting so far seems to match that. Get those grades in order Bawa we need you!

  • Hardwood83

    I would love it if he was the second coming of Hakeem Olajuwon- but I'll take a Dikembe Mutumboesqe type. IU definately needs help with interior defense & rebounding and sounds like Bawa can provide that right away. If Pritchard can improve his agility/explosiveness a little I can see him getting time at the 4 spot to offer an inside scoring option with Bawa as a D specialist. From all appearances Crean's offenses are guard/swingman driven and the recruiting so far seems to match that. Get those grades in order Bawa we need you!

  • Hardwood83

    I would love it if he was the second coming of Hakeem Olajuwon- but I'll take a Dikembe Mutumboesqe type. IU definately needs help with interior defense & rebounding and sounds like Bawa can provide that right away. If Pritchard can improve his agility/explosiveness a little I can see him getting time at the 4 spot to offer an inside scoring option with Bawa as a D specialist. From all appearances Crean's offenses are guard/swingman driven and the recruiting so far seems to match that. Get those grades in order Bawa we need you!

  • cooper

    i would assume if he is fluent in 6 languages, grades are not the issue with his transcripts

  • cooper

    i would assume if he is fluent in 6 languages, grades are not the issue with his transcripts

  • cooper

    i would assume if he is fluent in 6 languages, grades are not the issue with his transcripts

  • cooper

    i would assume if he is fluent in 6 languages, grades are not the issue with his transcripts

  • MillaRed

    Thanks for the info. I'm still thinking he is a few years away. If we get some depth out of him in a few years I would consider it a bonus. He is still ranked around #112 overall on Rivals (which is a decent grade for a center on that site).

    We mention him helping out Pritchard, but I think Capobianco will do that before Bawa even though he is not in the Rivals 150. If they both get it done, we'll all be very pleased.

  • MillaRed

    Thanks for the info. I'm still thinking he is a few years away. If we get some depth out of him in a few years I would consider it a bonus. He is still ranked around #112 overall on Rivals (which is a decent grade for a center on that site).

    We mention him helping out Pritchard, but I think Capobianco will do that before Bawa even though he is not in the Rivals 150. If they both get it done, we'll all be very pleased.

  • MillaRed

    Thanks for the info. I'm still thinking he is a few years away. If we get some depth out of him in a few years I would consider it a bonus. He is still ranked around #112 overall on Rivals (which is a decent grade for a center on that site).

    We mention him helping out Pritchard, but I think Capobianco will do that before Bawa even though he is not in the Rivals 150. If they both get it done, we'll all be very pleased.

  • MillaRed

    Thanks for the info. I'm still thinking he is a few years away. If we get some depth out of him in a few years I would consider it a bonus. He is still ranked around #112 overall on Rivals (which is a decent grade for a center on that site).

    We mention him helping out Pritchard, but I think Capobianco will do that before Bawa even though he is not in the Rivals 150. If they both get it done, we'll all be very pleased.

  • Ryan_T

    All I can say is… I hope he is leaps and bounds ahead of Tijan. We don't need another squandered scholarship.

    I almost wish we'd save the scholarship for a 2010 big… but we'll see, I guess. Who knows, maybe Bawa turns out to be a great addition to the puzzle in the years to come?

  • Ryan_T

    All I can say is… I hope he is leaps and bounds ahead of Tijan. We don't need another squandered scholarship.

    I almost wish we'd save the scholarship for a 2010 big… but we'll see, I guess. Who knows, maybe Bawa turns out to be a great addition to the puzzle in the years to come?

  • Ryan_T

    All I can say is… I hope he is leaps and bounds ahead of Tijan. We don't need another squandered scholarship.

    I almost wish we'd save the scholarship for a 2010 big… but we'll see, I guess. Who knows, maybe Bawa turns out to be a great addition to the puzzle in the years to come?

  • Ryan_T

    All I can say is… I hope he is leaps and bounds ahead of Tijan. We don't need another squandered scholarship.

    I almost wish we'd save the scholarship for a 2010 big… but we'll see, I guess. Who knows, maybe Bawa turns out to be a great addition to the puzzle in the years to come?

  • dale11

    I would say he is already leaps and bounds ahead of Jobe. Bawa can catch the ball and not looking goofy running down the floor.

  • dale11

    I would say he is already leaps and bounds ahead of Jobe. Bawa can catch the ball and not looking goofy running down the floor.

  • dale11

    I would say he is already leaps and bounds ahead of Jobe. Bawa can catch the ball and not looking goofy running down the floor.

  • dale11

    I would say he is already leaps and bounds ahead of Jobe. Bawa can catch the ball and not looking goofy running down the floor.

  • Hardwood83

    Aren't we over by one scholarship for next year? I would guess Jobe's is the one that will be eliminated. Just a hunch. Besides it didn't hurt anything to have him on this year's team- we had a couple of extra scholarships available with no one to give them to.

  • Hardwood83

    Aren't we over by one scholarship for next year? I would guess Jobe's is the one that will be eliminated. Just a hunch. Besides it didn't hurt anything to have him on this year's team- we had a couple of extra scholarships available with no one to give them to.

  • Hardwood83

    Aren't we over by one scholarship for next year? I would guess Jobe's is the one that will be eliminated. Just a hunch. Besides it didn't hurt anything to have him on this year's team- we had a couple of extra scholarships available with no one to give them to.

  • Hardwood83

    Aren't we over by one scholarship for next year? I would guess Jobe's is the one that will be eliminated. Just a hunch. Besides it didn't hurt anything to have him on this year's team- we had a couple of extra scholarships available with no one to give them to.

  • Taskmaster75

    but can he defend the perimeter like Tijan does πŸ˜€

  • Taskmaster75

    but can he defend the perimeter like Tijan does πŸ˜€

  • Taskmaster75

    but can he defend the perimeter like Tijan does πŸ˜€

  • Taskmaster75

    but can he defend the perimeter like Tijan does πŸ˜€

  • peaychris

    i think i may be the only person in the hoosier nation to see him play! i live in huntsville alabama and watched him play at madison academy. i only stayed for like a half but it wasnt even fair watching him play. i swear he was a foot taller than everyone on the floor! he looked a little green, but i am sure he will pick up fast. you cant teach his size! i hope he is learing a lot this year before he gets to bloomington!

  • peaychris

    i think i may be the only person in the hoosier nation to see him play! i live in huntsville alabama and watched him play at madison academy. i only stayed for like a half but it wasnt even fair watching him play. i swear he was a foot taller than everyone on the floor! he looked a little green, but i am sure he will pick up fast. you cant teach his size! i hope he is learing a lot this year before he gets to bloomington!

  • peaychris

    i think i may be the only person in the hoosier nation to see him play! i live in huntsville alabama and watched him play at madison academy. i only stayed for like a half but it wasnt even fair watching him play. i swear he was a foot taller than everyone on the floor! he looked a little green, but i am sure he will pick up fast. you cant teach his size! i hope he is learing a lot this year before he gets to bloomington!

  • peaychris

    i think i may be the only person in the hoosier nation to see him play! i live in huntsville alabama and watched him play at madison academy. i only stayed for like a half but it wasnt even fair watching him play. i swear he was a foot taller than everyone on the floor! he looked a little green, but i am sure he will pick up fast. you cant teach his size! i hope he is learing a lot this year before he gets to bloomington!

  • Kelin Blab

    OK…the million dollar question……..one on one who would win and the score…
    Tijan vs Bawa?

  • Kelin Blab

    OK…the million dollar question……..one on one who would win and the score…
    Tijan vs Bawa?

  • Kelin Blab

    OK…the million dollar question……..one on one who would win and the score…
    Tijan vs Bawa?

  • Kelin Blab

    OK…the million dollar question……..one on one who would win and the score…
    Tijan vs Bawa?

  • Pablo

    with that video in hand, at least we all now know that he can successfully dunk

  • Pablo

    with that video in hand, at least we all now know that he can successfully dunk

  • Pablo

    with that video in hand, at least we all now know that he can successfully dunk

  • Pablo

    with that video in hand, at least we all now know that he can successfully dunk

  • jg

    You guys should do some investigative reporting a pick up a phone and call the Mt. Zion academy, get in touch with a report on his statistics, what are his strengths and what has their coaching staff been working on with him this season. All highly successful D-I coaches and teams will have an idea of where they would like the recruit to fit in with their systeym. So they will have the kids high school coaching staff work with them on a particular skill set they think needs improving before joining their team. Like someone mentioned above, you can't teach size. But a direct update from Bawa's coaching staff would be very interesting to hear about.

  • jg

    You guys should do some investigative reporting a pick up a phone and call the Mt. Zion academy, get in touch with a report on his statistics, what are his strengths and what has their coaching staff been working on with him this season. All highly successful D-I coaches and teams will have an idea of where they would like the recruit to fit in with their systeym. So they will have the kids high school coaching staff work with them on a particular skill set they think needs improving before joining their team. Like someone mentioned above, you can't teach size. But a direct update from Bawa's coaching staff would be very interesting to hear about.

  • jg

    You guys should do some investigative reporting a pick up a phone and call the Mt. Zion academy, get in touch with a report on his statistics, what are his strengths and what has their coaching staff been working on with him this season. All highly successful D-I coaches and teams will have an idea of where they would like the recruit to fit in with their systeym. So they will have the kids high school coaching staff work with them on a particular skill set they think needs improving before joining their team. Like someone mentioned above, you can't teach size. But a direct update from Bawa's coaching staff would be very interesting to hear about.

  • Go IU

    I love to see this type of Q/A. Hope to see more.

  • Go IU

    I love to see this type of Q/A. Hope to see more.

  • Go IU

    I love to see this type of Q/A. Hope to see more.

  • Go IU

    I love to see this type of Q/A. Hope to see more.