Musa Jallow doesn’t have far to go from his house in Bloomington, Ind., to Indiana University.
The distance: 2.7 miles.
Sometimes when he makes a trip over, it’s for a game. Other times, it’s to stop by and talk with IU basketball coach Tom Crean.
This week, Jallow made one of those trips to talk with Crean.
“It was just kind of a quick stop. I went over there to talk with coach Crean,” Jallow said. “Coach Crean was talking to me about what I need to do to prepare for this coming season.
“He was telling me about whenever we have open gyms and lifting to get the team ready to play, set the tone as far as tempo and what’s expected.”
Jallow is a 6-foot-5, 200-pound class of 2018 forward with a recently measured 6-foot-9 wingspan from Bloomington North.
He and Crean know each other well because Crean’s son, Riley, also plays high school basketball at Bloomington North.
Jallow plays all over the court for Bloomington North, sometimes bringing the ball up the court against and press and at times playing in the post.
He’s a walking definition of multi-position player.
“I’m not trying to pencil myself in as anything. I have an idea of what my size allows me to do at the college level and the next level,” Jallow said.
“But that’s one of the things Coach Crean has been talking to me about, ‘Don’t let any college say you need to work on this or that for a specific position. You’re only 16. You have so much more to work on all aspects of your game.’”
Jallow received his first scholarship offer from Indiana on Dec. 15, 2015.
He said he went to about three or four games last year and has stopped by campus several other times for casual visits.
He blew up in July.
Jallow had a strong month for Team Blaze, including a 31-point performance in front of a number of college coaches in Las Vegas in the final of the three July evaluation periods.
Since July 10, Vanderbilt, Butler, Purdue, Virginia, Northwestern and Stanford all offered.
“I’ve been talking to a lot of those schools for a while. They all said they just needed to get out and see me. They saw me and what I could do and said I had the potential to play on their team.”
Jallow is eyeing another unofficial visit.
“I think I’m going to go to Stanford at the end of September,” he said.
Nothing is happening with his recruitment at the moment other than he’s gathering information.
“I have a lot more to do in high school and a lot more to progress,” he said.
Jallow’s 31-point game in Las Vegas was pretty efficient but showed he could be on the verge of becoming more aggressive.
“I didn’t take that many shots. I did take more jumpers than I usually would. We have so many shooters on the team, all I really have to do is drive and kick. I just stepped up and knocked down a bunch of shots,” he said.
“My AAU coach is on me to take more jumpers. He says every once in a while, I get a little too passive.”
Jallow works out with trainer Derrick Cross, who played at Bloomington North and was a two-time team MVP at Miami (Ohio) in the 1990s before playing professionally overseas.
“Usually my individual workouts are more based on offense — shooting off the catch, off the dribble, dribble moves, getting to the basket and some post moves,” Jallow said.
“Once in open gyms at high school and even sometimes in individual workouts, we work on defense. Coach Cross is still really athletic. He’s a good challenge for me.”