Bloomington – Bawa Muniru has found a home for the 2008-09 season.
The 6'11", 250-pound IU commit has been enrolled at Mt. Zion Academy in Durham, N.C., for approximately three weeks according to his AAU coach Kerry Johnson. Muniru was forced to leave his previous school, Charis Prep, in the fall after the NCAA announced it would not accept grades from the school.
"He's happy to get the process settled, and he's still settling in over there, making sure he has the correct classes," Johnson said. "He's relieved to have that part of it done, and now he's focused on getting his academics in order."
Muniru needs to take a relatively significant academic load during the year to meet the NCAA's initial eligibility requirements for freshmen. But Johnson said all indications are that he'll be able to get that done at Mt. Zion.
"Everything to my knowledge and from those I've talked to, everything should work out fine," Johnson said.
With his prep school situation now settled, the most recent issue to surface with Muniru is about how solid his commitment is to Indiana. Muniru verbally committed to the Hoosiers last month, but he made an official visit to Oklahoma State this past weekend.
Johnson confirmed that Muniru did visit the Stillwater, Okla., campus for their version of Midnight Madness, but he said he talked with Muniru after the visit and the trip didn't change his mind about his IU pledge.
"He's still solid with Indiana," Johnson said. "It had come down to those two. He made a visit there, but at this point he's still very much committed to Indiana. Based on his visit to Oklahoma State and the results of that, he's still committed (to Indiana)."
Muniru might be committed, but it remains unclear exactly when he'll make things official by signing a national letter of intent. The early signing period is next month, but it's possible that Muniru might wind up waiting until the spring to sign.
"(When) he's going to sign is one of the items up for discussion and we've started talking (with the IU staff) about that again," Johnson said. "The first thing we wanted to do was get him settled in (at Mt. Zion), and then we'd determine if he'd sign in the fall or the spring. IU has worked with us well on that. They want to make sure it all works out, but there hasn't been a decision made on that yet."
Muniru's Coach Talks Prep School, OSU Visit
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