Former USC Commit Gets Late Gopher Push

Malik Story, a 6-foot-5 senior wing who has de-committed from USC, is getting late looks from schools, including Minnesota, according to his high school coach William Middlebrooks. Story, a full academic qualifier, committed as a sophomore. Many top programs are getting involved in his recruitment with so few top talents still available. GoldenSports.Net talked with Middlebrooks about the latest.

Malik Story averaged 13.0 points per game for Artesia as a sophomore and 14.7 points as a junior, helping lead them to a 66-3 mark in two seasons and two state titles. Story transferred to Mouth of Wilson (VA) Oak Hill Academy for his senior season, but left the program.

Story had hoped to play for Los Angeles (CA) Ribet Academy, but he was ruled ineligible due to the late transfer.

Ribet Academy was led by 6-11 Krys Faber, who signed with DePaul, picking the Blue Demons over Minnesota.

Middlebrooks said that his phone has been ringing off the hook with schools calling to get involved in Story's recruitment.

"Georgetown, Arizona, Kentucky, Indiana and Minnesota have expressed interest in him," Middlebrooks said. "Kentucky wants him to visit. Georgetown wants to see his transcripts. Arizona got a commitment from another guard and is evaluating things."

"Colorado and Wyoming said that they will offer. Marquette is definitely interested in getting something done. Virginia Tech and Seth Greenberg is definitely interested. He wants to take everything to compliance."

"Marquette and Kentucky are the most serious," Middlebrooks said.

Story committed as a sophomore to USC and never really went through the entire recruiting process, according to Middlebrooks.

"He's never taken an official visit because he committed so early."

Many of the schools are evaluating the situation since they had not actively watched Story closely, due to his early commitment.

Middlebrooks has spoken briefly with Minnesota head coach Tubby Smith and assistant coach Vince Taylor. The Gophers have just two scholarships available.


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