A native of Melbourne, Australia, six-foot, nine-inch Emmanuel Malou has been quietly racking up scholarship offers of late. In addition to West Virginia, the rising sophomore has scholarship tenders from Iowa State, Texas Tech, Colorado State, Nevada, East Carolina, Oklahoma State, Arizona State and Marquette, as well as several mid-majors.
"West Virginia has been keeping me on their radar for a couple of years, and they offered me in the preseason this year," Malou said. "I haven't been on any visits yet, but I have watched them plenty of times."
As a freshman at Yuba College, Malou filled up the stat line. He produced 14.7 points per game on 54% shooting from the field (47% on 3-pointers), and grabbed 8.5 boards per contest. He hit almost 70% of his free throws and rejected 77 shots in 23 outings from his wing position. He handles the ball very well for a player of his height, showing solid fundamentals in dribbling and ball-handling, as well as pushing the pace in the open court. He is a perimeter face-up player at this point, but his length and wingspan do help him when he has to go inside defensively. He'd need to add strength to his current 215-pound frame in order to develop his inside offensive game, but his smooth shooting touch and ability to both drive and pop jumpers are making him an increasingly attractive target for Division I schools.
In Australia, Malou was talented enough to get looks from NBA scouts while playing for the Longhorn Basketball Club, and at one point announced his intention to enter the NBA Draft. However, according to various reports, he did not hire an agent and pulled out of the draft, instead opting to enroll at ABCD Prep in Iowa. That prep school was reportedly something of a sham, which killed any chance of him qualifying as a high schooler. He enrolled at Yuba last year, and if he stays on track should graduate and remove any eligibility issues.
"I'm going back to Yuba this year," Malou said.
Malou has not planned any recruiting visits yet, but expects to do so after returning to Yuba for his sophomore season. He was recently selected for the Australian National Under-19 team that will complete in the World University Games in July.