Bloomington – Derek Elston came to Bloomington this past weekend to see the IU-Ball State football game, but he's hoping he met a future teammate as well.
During his time in town Elston met Bawa Muniru, the 7-0, 250-pound center from Charis Prep who was in town for his official visit. While Muniru spent the entire weekend in town to get an up-close look at Tom Crean's program, Elston came in Saturday afternoon and was impressed with what he saw and what he heard about the big man.
"That's exactly what we need, with him being 7-foot," Elston said. "I asked coach (Tim) Buckley about him and he said he likes to bang, he's a really good post presence, he's working on his jump shot, and that's something I think we need in that '09 class."
Elston liked what he heard from Buckley about the native of Ghana, but also enjoyed the time he was able to spend with him as well. Elston arrived in town early enough to watch some of IU's volleyball match Saturday afternoon and then go through the tailgating area along with Muniru, and his personality was also something Elston enjoyed.
"He's a funny guy," Elston said. "He's one of these kids that's looking to have a good time no matter what. He just starts yelling and screaming as we walked through the tailgating area. He was losing it, and he was saying IU would never need a cheerleader again if he came to IU."
So will he be coming to IU? That remains up in the air, since Minuri has also scheduled an official visit to Oklahoma for mid-October and has also talked about visiting Louisville. But Elston got the impression that things went well for Muniru during his time on the Bloomington campus.
"I didn't even know he was coming for his official visit this weekend," Elston said. "But I talked to him about it and he said he couldn't wait to get down here."
If IU does wind up getting Muniru, he would be the sixth member of a 2009 class that will likely be ranked in the nation's top five. It already includes four players ranked in Scout.com's top 100 nationally, including Elston who is ranked No. 90.
That's an impressive feat, considering IU is still dealing with the fallout of the NCAA investigation into Kelvin Sampson's staff.
"It's good to see coach is bringing in players that make us a contender with North Carolina for the best class in '09, and that really caught my eye because I was a North Carolina fan," said Elston, whose father played for the Tar Heels. "It tells me IU basketball is coming back."
Elston Makes IU Visit, Talks About Bawa
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