Q&A With Miami Commit Julian Mavunga

The Miami RedHawks filled their one and only scholarship for the class of 2008 on Tuesday when Julian Mavunga announced he was heading just over the Indiana border to Oxford, Ohio. The signing is significant for Miami; Mavunga had been Miami's number one target all throughout the recruiting process. After making the call to inform the coaches, RedHawk Insider caught up with Mavunga.

The Miami RedHawks filled their one and only scholarship for the class of 2008 on Tuesday when Julian Mavunga announced he was heading just over the Indiana border to Oxford, Ohio. The signing is significant for Miami; Mavunga had been Miami's number one target all throughout the recruiting process. After making the call to inform the coaches, RedHawk Insider caught up with Mavunga to talk with him about his decision.

I asked you earlier but I will ask you again. You made the call today – what school did you officially commit to?
Miami of Ohio.

What made you come to that decision?
I just felt really comfortable. I took a lot of things into consideration, and I just felt most comfortable there.

You took the visit to Indiana State this weekend, and then delayed your decision from Sunday until Tuesday. What happened in that time?
I just needed to talk to people, mainly my parents.

You said you needed to talk to some people – what were the voices around you saying?
They weren't biased about anything. They just told me I was in a great situation both ways.

What was going through your mind since the visit to Indiana State?
I wasn't sure, but after taking all things into consideration, I felt Miami was the right place for me.

Playing the hypothetical game, if a big conference school watches you play in the coming weeks and decides they want to offer you a scholarship, is there a chance you would reopen your recruitment?
I'm a loyal person – it's solid.

Have the coaches at Miami given you an idea at all of how you might fit into their system?
Filling Tim Pollitz's shoes is a big thing to do. Basically they said they are recruiting me for instant impact.

What would you say was the most important factor in making your decision? Was filling Tim Pollitz's shoes a big factor?
That was the biggest thing. When you're replacing the best player on the team, and also the only player at your position, it's pretty intriguing. If you're a point guard, and you're replacing Allen Iverson on a team and Allen Iverson is the only point guard - that would make for a pretty exciting situation.

You know coming into this role means a chance to make an immediate impact. What do you do now to prepare.
Lifting, and getting big. They told me the biggest jump going from high school to college is strength.


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