Mike Woodson comments on new Indiana 2022 signee Malik Reneau

IU basketball coach Mike Woodson has announced that 6-foot-8, 230-pound forward Malik Reneau has signed a Big Ten Tender and will attend Indiana and play for the Hoosiers beginning next season.

“Malik has enjoyed success at the highest level in high school and brings a competitive and winning presence to our program,” Woodson said in an IU Athletics release.  “We are excited to welcome him and his family to Hoosier Nation.”

Reneau played for Montverde (Fla.) Academy and helped them win the GEICO High School Nationals in 2021 and 2022.  He teamed up there with another Hoosier basketball signee, 2022 point guard Jalen Hood-Schifino.

Coached by Kevin Boyle, Reneau, averaged 11.9 points and 6.6 rebounds this past season, including 14.3 points and 8.3 rebounds at the GEICO High School Nationals. He had 14 points and 12 rebounds in the championship game.

Named an honorable mention All-American by MaxPreps, he also had 10 points and nine boards at the Jordan Brand Classic. In the summer, Reneau played for the Nightrydas Elite grassroots program on the Nike EYBL circuit, where he averaged 17.2 points, 8.5 rebounds and 2.4 assists in 12 games. He shot 61.8 percent inside the arc.

Woodson provided his scouting report on Reneau.

“He’s an outstanding offensive player who continues to expand his game. He has great touch and tremendous footwork and he uses his quickness to his advantage,” Woodson said.  “He has a great Basketball IQ and is an unselfish teammate who has benefitted from working with and against some very talented players on a daily basis.

“Defensively, he is well suited to today’s game. He keeps his man in front of him and can step out in pick and roll situations and hold his own.”

Reneau, a native of Miami, Fla., is ranked as the 22nd best player in the recruiting class by ESPN.com, 25th by Rivals, 28th by 247Sports, and 47th by On3.

Reneau joins guard Hood-Schifino (No. 21, 247Sports), Georgia Class 4A Player of the Year forward Kaleb Banks (No. 74, 247Sports) from Fayette County (Ga.) High School, and Indiana All-State guard C.J. Gunn (No. 141, 247Sports) from Lawrence North High School.

The quartet gives IU the fifth-ranked recruiting class in the country according to the 247Sports Composite, its highest ranking since 2013 when it boasted the fourth-best class in the country. The class is ranked eighth by ESPN and 13th by Rivals.

Hear from Reneau himself on why he chose IU:

“It was an instant bond” — Malik Reneau ended his recruitment after weekend at IU

Previous 2022 Signees Senior Year Update (via IU Athletics)

Kaleb Banks – Forward | 6-8 | 215 (74th by 247Sports, 78th by ESPN, 130th by Rivals.com)

Averaged 23.0 points, 10.0 boards and 1.4 steals per game during his senior season of high school… secured over 2,000 career points… Georgia Class 4A Player of the Year.

C.J. Gunn – Guard | 6-5 | 175 (141st by 247Sports)

Averaged 23.5 points, 5.5 rebounds, 1.5 steals per game as a senior while shooting 46.8% from the field and 37.4% from deep… Indiana All-Star IBCA Supreme 15 All-State selection.

Jalen Hood-Schifino – Guard | 6-5 | 185 (21st by 247Sports, 24th by ESPN, 17th by Rivals.com)

Native of Pittsburgh is the highest rated incoming recruit in the Big Ten (247Sports) and led his Monteverde (Fla.) Academy team to its sixth GEICO High School national championship… scored 14 points and hit three triples in the Jordan Brand Classic.

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