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Musa Jallow talks first conversation with Archie Miller

Local Bloomington North product Musa Jallow was one of the first prospects that new coach Archie Miller reached out to after taking the Indiana job. Hear what Jallow had to say about his initial discussions with Miller and about his offseason plans.

It didn't take long for new Indiana coach Archie Miller to reach out to Musa Jallow, the No. 95 ranked 2018 prospect in the nation.

"He called me one of the first couple of days that he was there," Jallow said yesterday while competing at the IndyBall event. "He just wanted to check in, start a relationship since he didn't recruit me before.  He said he wants to get a strong relationship going.

"He definitely seems like he has a plan (for Indiana) and seems very confident in what he's going to do."

The job will be made easier by the fact that Jallow is a bike ride away from Assembly Hall and currently a junior at Bloomington North.

Former Indiana coach Tom Crean made him his first big scholarship offer back in December of 2015. Since then Jallow has added offers from Butler, Vanderbilt, Purdue, Virginia, Stanford, Northwestern and Virginia Tech.

One of last month's Final Four teams has jumped into things as well.

"Oregon has been contacting me recently," Jallow said. "They started talking to me maybe midway through the high school season. Virginia is still pretty consistent. Butler, Stanford, pretty much all the schools that have offered me have been staying in touch consistently."

At IndyBall he was playing again for Team Blaze Select. That squad advanced to the semifinals before falling in the 17U tourney to Team Harris, a collection of Indy area players led by top 100 ranked Eric Hunter. 

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The 6-foot-5 Jallow had 15 points in the 82-69 loss to Team Harris. He had a huge quarterfinal game and like he was at North, he was the center of his team's offense.

"At North I was the point guard for most of the season," Jallow said. "Probably a little bit less here as we have some pretty good guards on this team."

Jallow said his Team Blaze Select squad will head to the adidas Gauntlet stop in Dallas for the first of the two spring evaluation weekends where coaches can watch AAU events. That kicks off on April 21. The final evaluation will be a week later in a NY2LA event in Minneapolis.

He outlined his improvement goals for this spring.

"I want to be able to get my shot off whenever I can and improve my ball handling, work on finding my teammates and work on being able to guard one through five," Jallow said.

Jallow looked a little sleeker this weekend than he had in the high school season.

"I have been working on my body, doing a lot of conditioning so I can be able to play the whole game," Jallow said. "I've been doing a terribly hard conditioning workout the last couple weeks and it has really paid off."

He was already known as a terror defensively and looked quicker this weekend and was getting up often to swat away shots from taller players.

"Defense is one of the biggest priorities," Jallow said. "My aau coach really emphasizes that. I want to be an elite defender when I take it to the next level. "

His defensive ability has led to some early speculation that Virginia and Tony Bennett could be one of the favorites to land Jallow.

"He's just a good, honest guy and he knows what he's doing and it seems like it would be fun playing for his team," Jallow said. 

Archie Miller's Dayton teams were known for their defense and the new Hoosier coach is quickly selling his style including the "pack-line" defense we outlined here earlier this month.

"He talked to me a little bit about it. He says they play a pack-line, a little more aggressive in it (versus other teams) and have a pretty (good) flow to the offense. He said he thought I would fit into it pretty well." 

The North player wants to major in Kinesiology.

"I like to keep in touch with the strength coach to see what their strength program is like. That would be a good learning opportunity and he's the one that will be taking care of my body and stuff.  So that is pretty important." 

Jallow hopes to add more interest in the offseason and wasn't sure if his collegiate choice would come before his senior season gets underway.

"That would probably be ideal but I haven't said I want it figured it out by this time."

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