Three-star prospect Bawa Maniru helped Huntsville (Ala.) Madison Academy take home a third state championship this season. Even though Maniru, a 6-foot-9, 230-pound center, has used up his eligibility, he will spend one more year in high school finishing up his core curriculum.
"The plan right now is for Bawa to stay here at Madison Academy and finish up his school work even though he can't play ball," said Madison Academy assistant coach Kerry Johnson.
Maniru, who averaged 14.6 points, 8.9 rebounds and 2.8 blocks per game, came on strong in the second half of the season according to Johnson.
A number of schools are in the recruiting mix for Maniru, who is expected to qualify as a 2009 prospect. Auburn, UAB, Georgia State, Tulane and South Alabama have offered, and Alabama, Florida, Kentucky and Texas A&M are showing interest.
At this point, though, Maniru is without a set school list.
"He is just taking in his options," said Johnson. "We are in the process of figuring out who he will visit this spring and summer."
Maniru isn't the only division one prospect at Madison Academy. Assistant Coach Kerry Johnson's son Kerron Johnson earned MVP honors at the state tournament for the second year in a row.
A 2009 point guard prospect at 6-foot, 165-pounds, Johnson has offers from South Alabama, Belmont and Tulane and is getting interest from Auburn and Lipscomb. Presently Belmont is the school to beat.