Muniru Talks IU Visit, Change of Prep Schools

Bloomington – After a very enjoyable official visit to IU this past weekend, Bawa Muniru says he's got some decisions to make. Muniru talked to HoosierNation.com about how soon he might be making a decision, and about where things stand with his search for a new prep school...

Bloomington – After a very enjoyable official visit to IU this past weekend, Bawa Muniru says he's got some decisions to make.

The 6-11, 250-pound center from Ghana has an official visit scheduled to Oklahoma for next month's Midnight Madness. But after spending the weekend on IU's campus, he's not entirely sure that he'll make that trip to Norman, Okla., after all. He said there is a chance he could commit to Indiana instead.

"I'm still thinking about (committing to IU)," Muniru said. "It's a decision that I have to make and I haven't come to a final decision yet."

That final decision, though, could come long before he's slated to go on any other official visits.

"It could be tonight, it could be tomorrow, it could be next week," Muniru said. "When things work out the way they're supposed to, things will be easier."

One of the things Muniru is currently working on that would make things is easier on him is finding a place to go to school during the 2008-09 season. The NCAA's decision last week to not approve his former school, Charis Prep, has sent him in search of a new location to play basketball and to complete the necessary coursework so that he is eligible to play next season.

Muniru said he was at Central Park Christian School in Birmingham, Ala., Monday, and that is the only school that he and his guardian have visited. But he said a final decision hasn't been made yet if that's where he'll enroll for the academic year.

"Hopefully it's going to be possible (to go to Central Park Christian)," Muniru said. "We're trying to make sure I'm going to be able to be eligible. None of this matters if I'm not eligible."

Sorting out the prep school situation is the biggest thing on his mind right now, but Muniru said he did have a very good time during his weekend in Bloomington. He spent time with the coaching staff, played open gym with the current players, and attended Saturday night's Indiana-Ball State football game.

All of those elements of the visit left a very positive impression.

"Everything was great – I enjoyed it," Muniru said. "I think it's a good place for me and it's a really nice environment. It's exactly what I expected to see."

Muniru said the IU coaches didn't pressure him to make a decision, but they made it clear that he'd be a very welcome addition to the 2009 class.

"They definitely want me, and they gave me the impression that they need me," Muniru said.


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