Montverde Academy was stacked with expertise. The Eagles’ 2019-20 roster featured a number of future NBA gamers: Scottie Barnes, Cade Cunningham, Day’Ron Sharpe and Moses Moody. On the time, Malik Reneau was a sophomore, enjoying for Mater Academy Constitution (Hialeah Gardens, Florida). Montverde Academy performed a preseason recreation in opposition to Mater Academy Constitution. Regardless of the loaded Montverde Academy roster and the truth that Reneau was a sophomore, he had a stellar efficiency.
“When he first performed in opposition to us (Montverde Academy), it was… his intuition of, you already know, taking a shot, lacking a shot, going again, getting the rebound,” mentioned Rae Miller, Montverde Academy affiliate head coach, remembering Reneau’s efficiency throughout that recreation. “His second leap was extraordinarily fast and he was in a position to put it to use going to his left hand. We knew he was going to his left hand and he simply discovered a strategy to rating the ball regardless of how effectively you knew his recreation. He was simply that good of an executioner that he may rating the ball with you being in his means or getting out of his means. He’s going to discover a strategy to put the ball within the rim.”
Quick ahead to now and Reneau is getting ready for his first season at IU. Reneau — rated a five-star prospect and ranked twenty seventh total within the 2022 class, in accordance with the 247Sports Composite — was named a 2021-22 honorable point out All-American by MaxPreps and performed within the 2022 Jordan Model Traditional. The 6-foot-9, 235-pound ahead has the skillset and potential to be an influence participant for IU in a season the place the Hoosiers are among the many favorites to win the Massive Ten.
“He’s a really, very gifted publish scorer,” Miller mentioned of Reneau. “He has unbelievable contact. He has unbelievable really feel and he’s a wonderful rebounder.”
After enjoying for Mater Academy Constitution, Reneau transferred to Montverde Academy (Montverde, Florida), which has a prestigious basketball program, for his remaining two highschool seasons. Miller mentioned Reneau and Jalen Hood-Schifino — as juniors — have been primarily on the second unit. That Montverde staff gained the 2021 GEICO Excessive College Basketball Nationals title. Miller mentioned there have been video games at GEICO Excessive College Basketball Nationals when the staff was struggling, however Reneau would come off the bench and carry the staff for a time period simply on account of him being tenacious, powerful and ready.
“Day by day in follow, he was the identical man,” Miller mentioned. “He labored extraordinarily onerous his junior 12 months simply to have the ability to be relied upon for no matter function he could have within the recreation. He would examine his movie. He could be at follow on time. He would put in additional time and, you already know, do no matter is critical to enhance his inventory going into the sport or into the season.”
In September of his senior 12 months (2021), Reneau dedicated to Florida. He then signed with the Gators in November. In his senior season, Reneau helped Montverde win a second consecutive GEICO Excessive College Basketball Nationals title. Throughout that season, he averaged 11.9 factors and 6.6 rebounds per recreation.
Just a few weeks earlier than Montverde gained the 2022 GEICO Excessive College Basketball Nationals, although, Florida head coach Mike White left the Gators and took the top teaching job at Georgia. A little bit greater than per week after White left Florida, Reneau instructed On3 that he acquired his launch from Florida and could be reopening his recruitment. In April (after the 2022 GEICO Excessive College Basketball Nationals and after the 2022 Jordan Model Traditional), Reneau visited IU after which dedicated to the Hoosiers.
“It was simply dangerous timing (the primary time),” Reneau instructed Contained in the Corridor following his dedication. “They got here in fairly late, however we at all times saved that relationship collectively. They usually wished to get me on a go to final time round, however I used to be already fairly locked in with the Florida teaching employees. However now that I reopened and took this go to, it was a transparent no-brainer. I ought to have taken the go to the primary time.”
Throughout that April go to to IU, Reneau was accompanied by Hoosier signee Jalen Hood-Schifino. The 2 had performed the final two seasons collectively at Montverde Academy.
“Me and Fino, we’ve been rising this relationship for some time now,” Reneau instructed Contained in the Corridor after his dedication. “It was only a nice feeling that I do know Fino’s going to be there. He’s additionally a winner. When you may have winners on the identical staff, you are likely to get a whole lot of success.”
In his freshman season at IU, Reneau will probably compete with Trayce Jackson-Davis, Race Thompson, Logan Duncomb, Jordan Geronimo and Kaleb Banks for taking part in time. (Maybe Miller Kopp, too, relying on the scenario.) Reneau ought to probably benefit from studying from Jackson-Davis and Thompson, amongst others. Jackson-Davis and Thompson are each among the many greatest — and among the many most skilled — frontcourt gamers within the Massive Ten.
Reneau, although, has the potential to fill a necessity that Indiana has largely lacked the final two seasons: a reserve frontcourt participant that may put up strong manufacturing on a constant foundation. Joey Brunk missed your complete 2020-21 season resulting from a again damage. Final season, Michael Durr largely didn’t present the extent of manufacturing off the bench that many had hoped for. If Reneau is ready to produce extra in that reserve function, it could be a big growth.
“He’s an awesome participant,” Jackson-Davis mentioned to reporters about Reneau. “I’ve watched a little bit little bit of his movie. The large factor with him, too, he’s a winner. In order that’s nice.”