Pope will look to take his time

Malik Pope, still recovering from a leg injury, is looking to make a late decision in the recruiting process

Malik Pope fractured his tibia in February at a school pep rally while in layup lines with his team, and has been working his way back ever since.

"Its been going good and I just started therapy last week. Hopefully I'll be back in time for the July period but if not I'll just sit it out," Pope said. "I've been focused on school because I have finals next week."

Pope said that "Pretty much all the schools that are interested have offered", but San Diego State, Gonzaga, Boise State, and Washington have been recruiting him the hardest.

"I'm probably gonna take a visit to San Diego State but I'm not sure when yet. I'll probably visit Gonzaga too."

He's had good conversations with the Aztecs that have included the following, "They've pretty much been telling me about the things I like. The weather, playing time, telling me about the staff and everything that's been going on out there."

"(Coach Hutson) was recruiting me at UNLV and started recfruited me at San Diego State. He wants me everywhere he goes."

Pope has been unable to play for several months now but that hasn't stopped him from getting work done, "I've been using some dumbbells, stretching a little and put on a little weight."

"Right now the strongest part of my game is shooting, I can shoot it or go to the basket or get my teammates involved," Pope said. "I need to add some weight, but basketball wise I need to work on defense, blocking shots, and all that good stuff."

Pope is looking to take his time before making a decision, but he has put some thought into what he'd like in a school, "My major and all that academic stuff. Hopefully I fit in with the team and their standards."

"I think it might be late in senior year before I commit, to give me more time to think."

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