The African pipeline has been producing future basketball stars at a high rate as of late, having a positive impact in NCAA Basketball. The latest big man to start getting national attention is Khaman Maluach, a 7'2 center from South Sudan.
Maluach has all of the measurables and athleticism of modern-day bigs and also has the skillset of a player that's been playing basketball for a long time. Hailed as a top-tier prospect, the African prospect recently reclassified, making his not only a candidate for the 2025 NBA Draft, but also someone who could join college as soon as next season.
Per a report from Adam Zagoria, several big-name programs are in pursuit of the five-star caliber big man. But does any stand out in terms of having a real shot at landing Maluach? Here's a closer look at the potential fits for the big man.
Coach Scott Drew has had a good run with guard development but an underrated part of Baylor's season has been the play of Yves Missi (10.2 ppg and 6.5 rpg), a freshman center who also reclassified. There's a chance that he goes to the NBA Draft after this season and with Jonathan Tchamwa Tchatchoua leaving, that would open things up for Maluach to get a lot of minutes early on.
With a national championship on his own resume, Coach Drew can stand alongside the other coaches in this recruiting battle. The Bears may not still have the same kind of national standing as the others but being a top-tier program in the Big 12 puts them in a good position for an international target looking for a big stage.