Bloomington North’s Musa Jallow recaps unofficial visit to Indiana

  • 04/22/2017 6:22 pm in

MANSFIELD, Texas – Class of 2018 Bloomington North wing Musa Jallow has been a frequent visitor to Indiana games in recent seasons.

But his short drive to visit the Indiana campus on Thursday was a new experience. It was the first opportunity for Jallow to meet with the new coaching staff at IU.

“It was good. It was kind of weird seeing all of the new coaches,” Jallow told Inside the Hall on Saturday afternoon at the NY2LA Sports Lone Star Invitational. “I knew how to get down to the gym (in Cook Hall) and they didn’t even know how to do it. I had to lead the way. They’re all good people. I really enjoyed being there.”

It was a quick stop for Jallow before he headed north to Indianapolis to catch a flight to Texas for the first April evaluation period.

“When we first got there he (Archie Miller) introduced all of the coaches, told us their backgrounds and then we watched some film on Dayton and how he wanted to play and showed how I would fit in his system,” Jallow said. “And then I was able to watch one of the guard workouts.”

Jallow said the skill development was an aspect that really stood out from the workout.

“Coach (Ed) Schilling, he’s a great skill development guy,” Jallow explained. “He was out there showing the guys up with his handles. It was pretty cool to watch.”

On Friday, Schilling was in Texas to watch Jallow and Team Blaze Select in their first game of the NY2LA Sports Invitational. Virginia also had an assistant coach on Friday to watch Jallow.

On Saturday afternoon, Michigan and Stanford had assistant coaches in attendance to watch Jallow, who is rated the No. 58 player nationally in his class by 247Sports.

Jallow, who was recently named to the Indiana Junior All-Stars south team, has already taken unofficial visits to Stanford and Virginia.

“I went on a visit to Stanford,” Jallow said. “That place is just amazing. Going that far to that type of school would be pretty easy.

“And coach (Tony) Bennett, he’s just a great coach. I talk to him a lot and I really like what he’s about. I like their defensive intensity and I just like the atmosphere there.”

But even as the interest in Jallow continues to pick up and prospects around the country begin to mention timetables for cutting their list of schools, the 6-foot-5 wing is in no rush as he navigates the recruiting process.

“I’m just trying to focus on AAU right now,” he said. “That’s the most important thing.”

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  • Ole Man

    IU has come into this process late. Sounds like they are in for a real battle to keep this young man in Bloomington.

  • IU Cal 1809

    I really like his game! Doesn’t rush and just makes the game look easy! Would be huge to keep him in Bloomington.

  • BKLock

    Maybe I read the article wrong but I didn’t get that feeling from the article. Unless you mean that the new coaching staff is late coming in. Then I agree. However, as much time as he spent on campus prior to the firing of Crean I would think IU still has a good chance of keeping him in town. JMHO.

  • bball at nick’s

    Light it up in Btown Musa my man!

  • Milan_Hoosier

    I really like this kid. Think he is a kid that could be a great 3 or 4 year player. Did not like the feel if the Virginia and Stanford comments though and I worry that him being from Btown ends up working against us as he is 18 and wanting to spread his wings.

  • AndyCapp

    Def agree with you and Milan_Hoosier’s comments above. If anything can be taken in context with what he said, especially about Stanford, he is not a young man afraid to spread his wings *really far* if he thinks an environment suits his personality and playing style. On the other hand, since he knows Beantown so well (I REALLY enjoyed his comment on leading the coaches to find Cook Hall) maybe he will want to help them on a quest for the next NC. I think Schilling is the key (and again, what a GREAT hire Coach!)

  • AndyCapp

    Agree with you for sure that he sounds like he is not afraid to spread his wings. Doubtful though he is a 3-4 year player. I would give him 3 years max and maybe only 2 if he helps us win our next banner 😀

  • MikeinNC

    I hate what AAU has done to high school basketball and college recruiting.

  • cbags05

    Interesting competition. He must have his academics in good order.

  • Greg Mitchell

    I love me some IU basketball, but if they are offering, go to Stanford young man.

  • Olde Hoosier

    Honest words 🙂

  • Piker

    Not sure why we are considered late. IU definitely not. Offered the kid in 2015.

  • SCHoosier

    The story about knowing his way around Cook Hall better than the new staff made me laugh. Have to assume IU is behind several other schools who have already established a relationship. The kid may want to “get away” for his college b-ball.Let’s hope the staff can close ground on his interest and convince Musa that the “Grass isn’t any greener’ than right there in good “ol b-town.

  • pcantidote

    Meh, depends on what he would major in. A sports management degree from any decent school is a wash.

  • Neil Dixon

    All these schools come in spreading their “its a wonderful world out there” speeches. Miller is key on building a program that will challenge for national titles not looking good for a season or two or getting these heady airs of a “special” academic environment. So many of the athletes in this state so often get lured away by programs that have no more to offer than Indiana schools, and in most cases not as much. Part of this is culture and part of it media but in reality there isn’t anything a kid (male or female) can’t get in our schools right here in Indiana, especially IU.

  • Indiana_Banners

    Kids commit more to coaches than to programs. Familiarity with the university and the amenities is a plus but most recruitments come down to the relationship between the player and the coaching staff.