Bawa Muniru to transfer

Some of you might be surprised and others not, but Bawa Muniru is leaving the IU basketball program. The details are in this release:

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Indiana University men’s basketball coach Tom Crean has announced that center Bawa Muniru will leave the men’s basketball program and look to transfer to another institution where he can receive more playing time.  He will have three years of eligibility remaining.

He saw action in just 19 games a season ago and averaged 3.3 minutes per game.  He averaged 0.6 points and 0.7 rebounds.

“As a staff, we think the best thing for Bawa is to go to a program where he can play and continue his education,” said Crean.  “His desire for more playing time was very evident and we told him that his best opportunity to play the minutes he wanted to was likely going to have to happen somewhere else.”

Muniru will finish his summer coursework at IU.

“I feel it is in my best interests to pursue my basketball career somewhere else,” said Muniru.  “I have appreciated my time at Indiana.”

“We always want to give our players the best opportunity for growth as a player and as a person,” added Crean.  “He has worked extremely hard in the classroom and we appreciate all that he has done in representing the program.”

Tom Crean further expanded on the announcement via Twitter, saying “It is with regret that his future will not be at IU. He deserves to have an opportunity to gain the minutes that he needs to achieve his dreams. In all reality, that was more than likely not here. Selfishly we would not want him to go, but he needs minutes and a chance to grow on the court.”

“He needs to develop a feel for the game that comes through playing him a lot of minutes. Redshirting him last year was not going to help that feel develop.” Crean goes on to say his recommendation for Muniru would be junior college, to gain said significant minutes.

So there you have it. We might hear it a bit more chatter at some point this season on Muniru, but I would imagine any answer from anyone would take on this general tone. This also, of course, frees up one more scholarship for the 2011 class, but I’m sure none of you needed me to tell you that.

The one thing that strikes me about Muniru is how much apparent work went into getting him to IU, just to see him leave a year later with relatively little return. There was a protracted episode regarding his academic standing, and whether he would be cleared to play as a freshman. But he only played in 19 games and averaged just over three minutes per game. Anyway, it’s water under the proverbial bridge now. Let the scholarship debate rage once more.

  • Outoftheloop

    There is one big problem with your reasonable post. If Bawa was not “encouraged to leave” (at IU we do not 'run off' players) in order to free up a scholarship, then why not offer Bawa a red-shirt year, to really focus on his game, and then to have 3 more years to play. Especially when it would have been so beneficial to both Bawa and to Guy Michel to go after each other every day in practice?? I think that Bawa would have accepted such an offer. He would still have had 3 years to get lots of playing time. The IU goal was to get the scholarship that Bawa held and to get it now for recruits in November 2010. There were other good options if the goal was to help Bawa become a good player, all keeping a great kid, who had done no wrong, at a great school, that takes integrity seriously!!

  • Outoftheloop

    And everyone in the old Soviet Union got a FAIR TRIAL!

  • Outoftheloop

    We are moving on! Bawa will go elsewhere (and hopefully receive a great education and athletic experience). But IU has shown that it has NO real program to DEVELOP a raw 7' Big Man. What was wrong with recruiting Bawa, giving him some opportunity in his freshman year, then red-shirting him when the coaches felt he could not really produce on the floor right now, let him compete against another 7' Center every day in practice (Guy Michel), learn the Indiana “system” for an additional year (for a total of 2 years), and then have 3 years more to play and to produce. Especially when the young man is a good student, a hard worker, a great teammate, and a solid representative of the university?? Now that would have been a real program to develop a raw 7' Center. What can IU say the next time we recruit a guy like Moses Abraham, who was talented but raw, that will give him a REASON, beyond the emotion of liking the coach and school, to select IU over Georgetown, which does have a proven program for developing a raw 7' center. You build for the future, but you build on a solid, long-term foundation. Did IU miss this opportunity with Bawa and other raw 7' Centers coming out of HS who are NOT one-and -done players?

  • MillaRed

    Went camping this weekend with no Wi-Fi or cell coverage. Boy did i miss some news.

    The first thing that jumps out at me while reading through these posts (which did not get through entirely before I was compelled to post) is this………

    What the heck people!?! All of this “shock and dismay.” Have you been reading ITH for the last six months? Why do we continue to pretend that the program is operating under normal circumstances? Here we are two years after the death penalty and it's as if things are supposed to be calm and collected. CTC was hired to win games.

    We have said for months it is truely necessary and inevitable to move players off this roster. Bawa was ranked this, Bawa was nice, Bawa was smart.” That's all fine and dandy and I understand the concern in terms of how it all reflects the program. But there are many, many schools that move kids and you never read about it.

    In the bigger picture, we have acquired a JC player very few majors wanted. Coach is suggesting Bawa plays for a JC to get his playing time. Do we not trust CTC enough to realize Bawa is not ready to compete in the Big Ten? Good grief.

    Furthermore, if Howard has as much upside as Bawa, why not work on a project that is not eating the scholly? It's a pretty smart move if you ask me.

    IU is still in major, major recovery mode. We need to back off a little on these transfers issues until the situation normalizes over the next few years. If CTC is moving kids in 2015, it's a different story.

  • runelord

    Are you and Out of the Loop twins or what? I'd hate to see a post when you and Out of the Loop are against each other…there would be a million posts as both of you have to have the last word. Congratulations! Both of you are right and all of the other posters on here are wrong. You win…now let's go to the next topic. Geesh!

  • Wmrobinson

    I think you are putting way too much emphasis on Bawa's height. He was listed at 6'11″, just 2 inches taller that TP or Bobby C. Do you think those two inches were really worth the loss of strength, speed, and basketball knowledge between Bawa and Capo? ( I know Bawa may have been more 'athletic' but he looked more lost and over-matched than anyone else on the team.) He was ranked and recruited on his size, but that just didnt workout. Dont get me wrong, I liked Bawa, but he played smaller than our 6'9″ options.

  • Outoftheloop

    Bawa is gone now. But yes, Bawa at 7' is stronger, faster, jumps higher, has a very long arm span and is much more intimidating around the basket than Capo, Pritchard, Watford or Elston. Bawa deserved a red-shirt year AND good coaching to develop his basketball talents. Both he and Michel would have gotten much better going head to head in practice every day against each other and in pick-up games out of season.

  • Outoftheloop

    Just so you know that we do not always see eye to eye, I thought the use of the word “damn” by Spiderman 0551 was a bit excessive.

  • ButWhatDoIKnow?

    You know for sure that AThomas, Perea, and Patterson will come to IU?!? I want to know where you got your crystal ball – let me know when Toyota stock hits bottom and when it will start climbing up again. You're talking out your bodingo. Perea is raw NBA talent and would be the centerpiece of a Final Four team IMHO, and I'd love for your prediction to become reality, but there are people who read this and believe all the gossip – so let's try not to spread our desires as truth.

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