Yuba (Calif.) College forward Emmanuel Malou will soon cut his list of schools, but before he does, he’s taking in all the information he can out west.
The 6-foot-9 Australian native, who attended ABCD Prep in Des Moines before going the junior college route, started his run of in-home visits in California on Wednesday as Iowa State assistant T.J. Otzelberger stopped by.
“We talked about what I can do to help the Cyclones in the Big 12, and how I can make a positive impact with the players they have coming in,” Malou told AllCyclones.com of the visit. “And basically [T.J.] reminded me of how amazing the crowd, the people and the support is in Ames.”
As a freshman at Yuba College last season, Malou averaged 14.7 points and 8.5 rebounds per game while shooting 47.3 percent from 3-point range (26-of-55). In addition to Iowa State, he holds offers from Arizona, Arizona State, Marquette, Oklahoma State, Oregon, Texas Tech and West Virginia among others.
After Iowa State visited Wednesday, Malou received a visit from Nevada on Thursday with trips to follow from Arizona State over the weekend and Kansas and Texas Tech on Monday. Iowa State, this time with both coach Steve Prohm and Otzelberger, will visit again next week, Malou said.
“I think I've done my job with learning and doing my own research with Iowa State. The program is outstanding,” Malou said. “I think the staff is great, the community is nice, it just comes down to me comparing them to the other schools I'm looking at.”
Those comparisons will now begin to happen.
Malou plans to cut his list of options down to a handful or less late next week if all goes according to plan and hopes to schedule official visits thereafter. Despite previously telling AllCyclones.com that he was set for an official visit with Iowa State on Oct. 31, he said that date isn’t yet set in stone.
“That visit wasn't confirmed, and still isn't,” Malou said. “But I was just wanting to catch a game and get to experience the Hilton Magic. And also just take a better look at the lifestyle as a student athlete and understand it more.”
That Oct. 31 visit would actually be for Iowa State’s football Homecoming game if Malou makes the trip that day. He is now settled on one thing.
“I'll be signing in November,” Malou said, referring to the Nov. 11 early-signing date.
Currently, he’s still feeling out the process before determining who is sticking out.
“With all honesty, I still haven't thought about it,” Malou said. “I have a few more schools to fly in to Yuba, so we can discuss things in detail. From that point I should have a better idea of who is sticking out for me. At the moment they’re all pretty equal.”