Thursday, October 10, 2013
Pope chooses San Diego State
By Joel Francisco
Malik Pope, a 6-foot-8 wing-type out of Elk Grove (Calif.) Laguna Creek is a bit of an enigma on the national scene. Those in the west who have witnessed this budding prospect, however, understand just what kind of player San Diego State landed on Wednesday.
Pope, No. 52 in the ESPN 100, chose San Diego State once ESPN 100 SF Kelly Oubre decided to cast his lot with the Kansas Jayhawks earlier in the week. Those close to the situation knew it was a two team race for about a week now, thus it was just a matter of time before Pope announced his destination.
Pope broke his leg during the regular season and as a result he wasn't able to exhibit his talent during the April and July evaluation period. Unfortunately, he reinjured that same leg in the fall and now has had a screw surgically placed in it. There is no timetable for his return, but reports have been positive this time around in reference to his rehabilitation.
He is the third player in the Aztecs’ 2014 class, joining ESPN 100 SG Trey Kell (San Diego/St. Augustine) and high three-star PG Kevin Zabo (Gatineau, Que., Canada/Brewster Academy).