Indiana is a state known for its basketball. From the likes of Larry Bird, Glenn Robinson, Eric Gordon and countless more, the state churns out elite level basketball players each year and one of the fast risers in the 2018 class hails from Bloomington, Indiana. A prep star at Bloomington North H.S. and competing with Team Blaze Select on the AAU circuit, Musa Jallow is making waves on the recruiting trail with his play over the course of this past year.

At 6’5” and 200 pounds, Jallow is built like a rock and has the kind of athletic traits college coaches covet drawing comparisons to former Michigan State standout and current NBA player Branden Dawson, amongst others. He can leap, he’s powerful enough to mix it up with the bigs down around the painted area, quick enough to stick with most guards on the perimeter and uses his strength well and with control on both ends of the court. Although strong enough compete at the next level already, his frame is setup where he can still add some to his frame and still be loose enough to play on the perimeter, but really take his game up even more when he plays inside.

Defensively, Jallow’s physical traits make him an imposing opponent. When matched up to face guards,  he does a nice job overall of using his feet, sliding and then has a pretty good understanding of how to use his hips and frame to slow down quicker guards without committing fouls. When playing against wings that are more his size, he can overwork them and force them into tough spots on the floor because of his strength, anticipation and ability to guide them with his body. The other aspect to Jallow as a defender is his competitiveness and willingness to matchup against bigger players down low, trusting his physicality, he’ll use his chest to muscle into post players and does a pretty good job of timing his jump, which he bursts off the floor pretty quick, to disrupt shots.

On the offensive side of the court, Jallow’s game is really starting to round out. His jumper is improving and while not entirely consistent yet, the mechanics are there and he gets great lift to release the ball high above defending hands. Jallow also has good enough handles to take care of the ball against smaller guards, and does a nice job using his frame to separate prying hands from getting to the ball when he is driving. He is particularly good when he can have the ball up on the top of the key and then take an angle down either lane-line, and once he gets near the paint, he’s done a nice job of making decisions with the ball, whether it’s recognizing where the help is coming from and dishing off to a cutting teammate, taking it all the way to the rim himself where he can be very explosive, or at time seeing the opportunity for that pull-up.  The next step for Jallow offensively is to really improve his perimeter shooting and turn that into another strength for himself.
 
Surprisingly, I think an underrated aspect of Jallow’s play is his effort on the boards. As mentioned, Jallow has great athletic ability and good size as a wing prospect that doesn’t mind playing all five positions. He high-points the ball on rebounds and has strong enough hands right now to pull it down with some force and not allow others to come in and swipe at it.  Numbers don't lie and Jallow's efforts have his travel team sitting at the top of a loaded Division in the NY2LA Basketball Association after 2 sessions thanks largly to his 16 point, 7 rebound, 3 assist effort so far this spring.

With all these traits and abilities, it is no surprise that Jallow is receiving as much attention as he is lately, and that a number of a high major NCAA Division I colleges have either offered or shown interest in the young man. His major offer sheet so far reads as follows: Butler, Indiana, Vanderbilt, Northwestern, Purdue, Stanford, Toledo, Virginia, Virginia Tech, and most recently he picked up an offer from Ohio State. He is also getting interest from other schools, Oregon being the main.

You can catch Jallow this spring and summer in action playing for Team Blaze Select, who competes in the NY2LA Sports Association.