High-major programs are getting in early to see three-star guard Andre Malone this season. The 6-foot-4, 195-pound guard from North Clayton (Ga.) High School has a long list of suitors and he's hoping to justify the interest this season.
Malone is off to a hot start in his junior year. He is coming off a 27 point and 15 rebound performance at Phillips Arena last week and hopes to use that momentum for a big season.
"I want to get back to the Final Four. We came up just a little short last year," Malone said. "We should have won it last year. Right now we need to come together as a team. We're really young. Most of our team is juniors and sophomores.
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The big wing said he is trying to diversify his game this season and move away from the notion that he is strictly a perimeter player.
"Last year I was more of a shooter. I was only shooting threes. [Two games ago], I only shot two threes and had 27," he said. "I'm trying to do more by putting the ball on the floor and going to the rim and getting to the foul line more."
Recruiting is picking up this season, Malone said.
"It's getting really crazy. Schools are calling me like everyday. It's all pretty good."
Malone has offers from Cincinnati, LSU, Ole Miss, South Carolina, Xavier, Colorado, Memphis and Toledo, he says. The junior unofficially visited Auburn and Georgia this fall and is planning on going to Memphis for a visit.
Auburn, Cincinnati, Clemson, Colorado, Georgia, Kentucky, Memphis, Michigan, Minnesota, Oregon, Tennessee and UNLV are also interested. Malone said he hasn't narrowed down his list just yet and wants to listen to anyone that comes his way.
"I like all of them the same. All of them have been coming pretty hard," Malone said. "I want to find a place that likes to run the floor and gets up a lot of shots. I think that is the type of team that I'd like to play on. Location doesn't matter to me. I just want to find a good school."