Malachi Moreno. Photo by Mike Schumann, The Daily Hoosier

2025 center Malachi Moreno hearing from IU basketball often | sophomore season highlights

The class of 2025 feels like a long way off in the transfer portal era.

But Indiana has some priority prospects among those players about to finish their sophomore years, including the lone center they’ve offered to this point, Kentucky-based big man Malachi Moreno.

Indiana is one of a group of regional high majors who Moreno is hearing from the most right now.

“Indiana, Purdue, Cincinnati, Xavier, and Ohio State,” he told The Daily Hoosier were the schools most involved in his recruitment right now.

He says he has also heard from West Virginia, Tennessee and Kentucky.

Indiana offered Moreno in October, and he visited Bloomington for Hoosier Hysteria and also their Jan. 8 game against Northwestern.

From an IU standpoint, Moreno says he mostly talks to assistant coach Brian Walsh, and he also hears from Mike Woodson.

Pushing the 7-foot mark, Moreno plays mostly center for his high school and for the Indiana Elite 2025 squad.  But he says he hears from colleges that his potential is as a four at the next level if he can continue to develop his perimeter shot and ball handling.  That’s an area of focus this spring and summer.

“I’m looking to expand and turn into a four,” he said.

As a sophomore at Great Crossing H.S. (Georgetown, Ky.), Moreno averaged 14.8 points, 11.2 rebounds, and 4.8 blocks per game.  He shot 64 percent from the field overall including 1-of-7 from three.  Moreno shot 62 percent from the free throw line.

According to the On3 industry average, Moreno is the No. 45 overall player in the class of 2025, and the No. 6 center.

His sophomore season highlights are below.

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