Trojans pursuing Pope

2014 five-star small forward Malik Pope isn't naming his top list of schools, but is saying which schools are pursuing him the hardest...

2014 Elk Grove (Calif.) Laguna Creek small forward Malik Pope has been sidelined since the beginning of Feb. after suffering a broken tibia, but that hasn't slowed the recruiting process for the five-star prospect.

Pope told FOX Sports NEXT on the telephone he isn't ready to share his top schools, a list he's expecting to make public next month, but he is naming a few schools who are recruiting him the hardest.

"Gonzaga, Kansas, USC, Boise State, Washington, and maybe two others," Pope said. "They're all telling me about their schools, systems, and how they put players in the league."

Pope says it's Trojan assistant Jason Hart in charge of his recruitment at USC. "He seems like a cool guy," Pope said. "We have good chemistry.

"[Hart] tells me how good of a fit I'd be there and they'd get the ball in my hands."

The 6-foot-9 210-pound small forward says he wants to play in a fast-break system that will allow him to get up and down the floor. He says his strength right now is his shooting, that his defense and shot blocking need improvement.

Pope has yet to take an unofficial visit to USC. He says he really hasn't put much into the recruiting process as of late, choosing instead to focus on his own academics.

He's expecting to return to the court next month from his injury. Pope says at the time, he has nothing set for unofficial or official visits.

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