Bloomington – A difficult situation has turned out perfectly in the end for Malik Story.
The 6-5, 190-pound wing from Los Angeles brought some resolution to where he'll be playing his college basketball in the fall this weekend, picking Indiana over Georgetown and Oregon State. His commitment brings an end to an up-and-down recruiting process that saw him verbally commit to USC as a sophomore before backing out of that pledge last month. Now, he'll be one of 11 new faces on IU's roster in the fall.
"It feels great," Story said about his IU commitment. "I'm glad things worked out the way they did because I have a great opportunity and I'm in a great situation."
Story had a chance to see that opportunity up close the last several days while he participated in Indiana's Elite Camp. His trip to Bloomington gave him a chance to not only get to meet and work with the IU coaching staff, but to also meet many of the new faces on the team that also competed in the camp.
"I met everybody," Story said about his camp experience. "They were telling me this is the place to be, it's a great opportunity. We all got along really well."
While Story felt like he fit in with his future teammates, he said he also fit in with the style of play that IU Coach Tom Crean wants to utilize. Story is a versatile player who can help the team in a variety of ways, and he said Crean is the type of coach who can get the most out of him.
"I saw how he develops players and the way they interact with us and how hard he makes (the players) work," Story said. "It was the icing on the cake. I like the way he works hard as a coach and how he pushes his players to get the best out of them."
During his time in Bloomington Story had a chance to look at film as well, and Crean showed him some of the ways he used Dwyane Wade during his All-America career at Marquette.
"I guess he wants to use me like that because of my size," said Story. "It's an honor to think like that because it's Dwyane Wade."
Story is one of seven scholarship players who have committed to the Hoosiers for the '08 class, five of whom have been inked by Crean since he took over in March. Like the others, Story will get a chance to be a major contributor right away.
"They want me to be a big part of the offense," Story said. "They want to use my scoring ability. They see me as a two guard, and they want me to do everything I can do."
Story was originally slated to make a visit to Georgetown tomorrow, but has cancelled that trip and says he's excited about the opportunity that's ahead of him. He said he will return home and then head back to Bloomington in August.
"I'm not going to do anything else," Story said about scratching his Georgetown visit. "Indiana is where I want to be."
Story: "Indiana is Where I Want to Be"
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