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Basketball Recruiting

Meet 2025's Alier Maluk, an early look at his recruitment & game

January 20, 2022

The game of basketball has simply gone global.

We’ve seen prospects from all over the world develop the game of basketball into something special many of which come over to the states to continue polishing their game and make a push at the ultimate goal of becoming a professional.

South Sudan? Becoming a huge basketball phenomenon and that is where enticing 2025 prospect Alier Maluk was born. Now residing in Baldwin, not too far out of Pittsburgh, Maluk has turned himself into one of the early risers in the young 2025 class, but, I don’t expect any slowing down from him.

Maluk is a dynamic two-way prospect, well known for his elite shot-blocking ability as he stands at 6’10 with a lengthy frame and an extremely high motor. He has put up numbers all season, most recently had a game with 18 points, nine boards, and four blocks. Maluk is an absolute stat sheet stuffer.

His game has been reflected in his early recruitment.

It isn’t every day that John Calipari watches a young freshman prospect, in which he watched Maluk this Fall. In addition, LSU, Texas A&M, local Pittsburgh, amongst many others have already expressed early interest and offers to the young 2025 prospect.

Maluk chopped it up with briefly after a workout. We talked about his early recruitment and a snapshot of his game.

Which schools are involved early?

“Kentucky, LSU, Pitt, Texas A&M, Seton Hall, Georgia, OSU, and Florida State.”

Any new schools?


What is Pittsburgh pitching at this moment?

“They want to build a relationship with me early.”

And your thoughts on them?

“I like the school a lot, it’s very close [to home] and my parents enjoy it.”

What is Kentucky pitching early?

“Kentucky wants to build a relationship early with me as well.”

What was it like when [John] Calipari came in to see you?

“It felt unreal.”

What are your thoughts on LSU?

“Coach [Kevin] Nickelberry is a funny coach and a cool guy. LSU is going to be one of the first schools I visit.”

Any others you plan on visiting?

“Kentucky, Pittsburgh, and all of the southern schools that offered.”

And as far as your game, how would you best describe yourself?

“Lob threat, rim protector, shooter.”

Why is shot-blocking so important?

“In order to play high-level hoops, you need to be able to block a shot, especially with my size.”

How about your scoring ability?

“I can score very well, but a lot of high-level players can score. It’s what sets you apart from everyone else.”

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