Malik Story decides to transfer

  • 03/26/2009 7:29 pm in

We heard the rumors toward the end of the season. But Malik Story told reporters after IU’s season ending loss to Penn State that he was planning to stick around for another season in Bloomington. Here’s a refresher of what he told Herald Times reporter Jared Poertner immediately after the season ended:

“I’m going to be here. A lot of people say I’m not going to be here, (but) I love my teammates, love my coaches and love this place.”

Not so fast. The freshman wing from California has decided to transfer. Our friend Chris Korman of the H-T/Hoosier Scoop broke the story and has the confirmation from Tom Crean:

“I support Malik and his family’s decision to go to a school that is closer to home. As a parent, I understand the need to be close to family. We have encouraged Malik to continue to take advantage of getting his individual workouts in with our team and to utilize the academic support system he has here at Indiana until the end of the semester.”

This is probably a smart move for Story. If he truly wants to be closer to home, that’s certainly understandable. Bloomington is a far different world from Los Angeles. And furthermore, he likely would have been buried on the depth chart next season behind guys like Nick Williams, Maurice Creek and Christian Watford. For now, we say so long to you, Malik Story. We hardly knew ye.

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  • Kelin Blab

    Neither guys has ANY reason to leave…Dumes was so happy IU signed him and he is a senior, not to mention had total green light with Crean.

    Pritchard is still the ONLY post we have next year so why would he leave.

  • Phillip

    total rumor mill here but i have heard Dumes' name mentioned a couple
    of times – this makes absolute no sense given he has only 1 yr left

    secondly, i have also heard Pritch's name thrown around – word is he
    doesn't think he fits in Crean's system; hope this is total nonsense

  • Phillip

    total rumor mill here but i have heard Dumes' name mentioned a couple
    of times – this makes absolute no sense given he has only 1 yr left

    secondly, i have also heard Pritch's name thrown around – word is he
    doesn't think he fits in Crean's system; hope this is total nonsense

  • MoyeMadness

    If we lose another player, and they land their top remaining prospect Smith, how does that solve the logjam in the backcourt? You lose a guard and gain another. Is there any way it could be Seth Curry, which would keep the logjam off for a year becuase he would have to sit out?

  • MoyeMadness

    If we lose another player, and they land their top remaining prospect Smith, how does that solve the logjam in the backcourt? You lose a guard and gain another. Is there any way it could be Seth Curry, which would keep the logjam off for a year becuase he would have to sit out?

  • Unknown

    I also called this…personally i dont like Malik cause he cant play D worth Sh*t

  • Mikey

    Don't we have enough PG's for 2009? Why do we want Smith?

  • Mikey

    Don't we have enough PG's for 2009? Why do we want Smith?

  • Unknown

    why would IU fans remember a player who was on a 6 and 20 something team….i am pretty sure that us fans would rather forget this year and remember true heros…like…Kent Benson, Tom Coverdale, Calbert Chaney, etc…not a player who contributed to a 6 win season…Good One

  • Kelin Blab

    A-

    Dude I will have a problem with Crean if he brings in another guard……Darius Smith is a 6'2 pg and we have 15 of them….Jordan Hulls is not a cure all but I think we are ok at that position between hulls, rivers, and vj…..we need BIGS…BIGS….BIGS…and more BIGS

    On a side note, one Mr. Teague visited his former middle school a few weeks ago and shared he is likely headed to L'Ville….

  • Kelin Blab

    A-

    Dude I will have a problem with Crean if he brings in another guard……Darius Smith is a 6'2 pg and we have 15 of them….Jordan Hulls is not a cure all but I think we are ok at that position between hulls, rivers, and vj…..we need BIGS…BIGS….BIGS…and more BIGS

    On a side note, one Mr. Teague visited his former middle school a few weeks ago and shared he is likely headed to L'Ville….

  • Very talented point guard who can also score and has probably played his way into the four-star category with his senior season. Arizona, Arizona State, UK, Iowa, Marquette and Depaul have all offered and Duke and Memphis are reportedly interested. I think the interest speaks to the fact that the IU staff is recruiting to get the best players they possibly can to fill the roster. If there is a player they feel can help IU, they are going to pursue that player.

  • Very talented point guard who can also score and has probably played his way into the four-star category with his senior season. Arizona, Arizona State, UK, Iowa, Marquette and Depaul have all offered and Duke and Memphis are reportedly interested. I think the interest speaks to the fact that the IU staff is recruiting to get the best players they possibly can to fill the roster. If there is a player they feel can help IU, they are going to pursue that player.

  • Steve

    “To get someone of Malik’s ability this late in the year is really exciting for all of us,”…“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.” Tom Crean.

  • Steve

    “To get someone of Malik’s ability this late in the year is really exciting for all of us,”…“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.” Tom Crean.

  • Hoosier_Hound

    Did you ever watch a Marquette game? I pretty sure Crean likes to have at least four PG's on the court at all times. 😉

  • Hoosier_Hound

    Did you ever watch a Marquette game? I pretty sure Crean likes to have at least four PG's on the court at all times. 😉

  • Kreigh_Smiths_Short_Shorts

    Hey, I called that!

  • Kreigh_Smiths_Short_Shorts

    Hey, I called that!

  • Kelin Blab

    Mikey I couldnt agree with your more…….if we get another pt guard, it will make absolutely no sense whatsoever…..

    If you look at some of the recent past NCAA champions they had a good balance of long athletic wings, solid pt guard, and big men. This team cannot have a bunch of 6foot 5'11 guys running around thinking we are playing in a 6foot and under league….

    Come on Coach, if you sign another pt guard do so in 2010 or 11….

  • Kelin Blab

    Mikey I couldnt agree with your more…….if we get another pt guard, it will make absolutely no sense whatsoever…..

    If you look at some of the recent past NCAA champions they had a good balance of long athletic wings, solid pt guard, and big men. This team cannot have a bunch of 6foot 5'11 guys running around thinking we are playing in a 6foot and under league….

    Come on Coach, if you sign another pt guard do so in 2010 or 11….

  • Kelin Blab

    Neither guys has ANY reason to leave…Dumes was so happy IU signed him and he is a senior, not to mention had total green light with Crean.

    Pritchard is still the ONLY post we have next year so why would he leave.

  • Kelin Blab

    Neither guys has ANY reason to leave…Dumes was so happy IU signed him and he is a senior, not to mention had total green light with Crean.

    Pritchard is still the ONLY post we have next year so why would he leave.

  • Unknown

    I also called this…personally i dont like Malik cause he cant play D worth Sh*t

  • Unknown

    I also called this…personally i dont like Malik cause he cant play D worth Sh*t

  • Unknown

    why would IU fans remember a player who was on a 6 and 20 something team….i am pretty sure that us fans would rather forget this year and remember true heros…like…Kent Benson, Tom Coverdale, Calbert Chaney, etc…not a player who contributed to a 6 win season…Good One

  • Unknown

    why would IU fans remember a player who was on a 6 and 20 something team….i am pretty sure that us fans would rather forget this year and remember true heros…like…Kent Benson, Tom Coverdale, Calbert Chaney, etc…not a player who contributed to a 6 win season…Good One

  • Hoosier2012

    Inside information here from a student at Bloomington, apparently a reason Story left was because he was upset at the lack of diversity here. Although I'm sure this isn't an exclusive or main reason, I can see how he might have brought this into consideration.

  • Hoosier2012

    Inside information here from a student at Bloomington, apparently a reason Story left was because he was upset at the lack of diversity here. Although I'm sure this isn't an exclusive or main reason, I can see how he might have brought this into consideration.

  • Hoosier2012

    Inside information here from a student at Bloomington, apparently a reason Story left was because he was upset at the lack of diversity here. Although I'm sure this isn't an exclusive or main reason, I can see how he might have brought this into consideration.

  • Hardwood83

    Yeah- Story is the first guy he'd pick to 'run-off'. You don't have to be an apologist to deny that, just not be ignorant.

  • Hardwood83

    Yeah- Story is the first guy he'd pick to 'run-off'. You don't have to be an apologist to deny that, just not be ignorant.

  • Hardwood83

    Yeah- Story is the first guy he'd pick to 'run-off'. You don't have to be an apologist to deny that, just not be ignorant.

  • Hardwood83

    Yeah- Story is the first guy he'd pick to 'run-off'. You don't have to be an apologist to deny that, just not be ignorant.

  • Spencer

    Tom Crean wouldn’t run off a guy that he had recruited and given a scholarship moron.