ACC Basketball

Freshmen Orientation: Malik Muller

Malik-Mueller

Name: Malik Muller

School: Virginia Tech

Position: Point Guard

Measurements: 6-3/230

From: Ulm, Germany

High School: Urspring

RANKINGS:

ESPN: N/A

Scout: N/A

Rivals: N/A

247Sports: N/A

Quick Thought:

A lot is not known about this kid who has spent most of his life in Germany (he’s also a U.S. citizen and lived in Miami briefly). He’s not on the radar for any of the major recruiting sites, but I’m a believer in research and I’ve come through for you.

Muller is best known for what he accomplished at the Jordan Brand Classic International in 2010 as a 16-year-old. This is the same tournament that featured Anthony Bennett, the first pick in the 2013 NBA Draft.

Playing for German U18, he earned MVP after scoring 21 points with four three pointers (8-15 from the field).

A decent athlete, Muller is a extremely long, very physical, very mature guard. Technically he’s a combo guard, but his skill set are more suited for the point.

He provides good energy and leadership and is known as a good passer who is always looking to find a teammate in a good spot. This makes him a better fit for the point.

He can hit the long ball, but I’m not in love with his stroke. He certainly could work on his mechanics. However, he’s an excellent free throw shooter, so if he’s not afraid to bang inside, then getting to the line could be a great weapon.

Again though, the thing that stands out is his bulk. He weighs in at 230, which is huge for a point guard. It’s this extra weight that he uses effectively when driving into the lane. It also makes him a pretty solid rebounder, as he likes to sneak in under the basket, grab a defensive rebound and get the offense going.

Obviously when you’re that big, athleticism will be an issue. He’s not the quickest cat in the gym and struggles in transition. He often attacks the rim when nothing is there and if he does that in the ACC, then a charge call will waiting. He’s also not a great defender, thanks to a lack of lateral quickness.

Freshman Outlook:

Virginia Tech is not going to be a good team in 2013, so you never know what is going to happen with their roster. However, we have to assume out of the gate that junior Marquis Rankin will get the start at point guard.

This leaves Muller battling sophomore Adam Smith (transfer from UNC Wilmington) and fellow freshman Devin Wilson for backup minutes at the point.

Yet, thanks to the fact that freshman Donte Clark failed to gain admission to the school, there remains a huge hole for the two spot.

While I don’t think Muller is a good fit for the two, he could see some minutes off the ball. Right now, all Tech has is former walk-on Will Johnston and freshman Ben Emelogu (#59 rated SG) battling for the starting shooting guard spot.

While Muller would be a perfect candidate for a redshirt, with the roster issues the Hokies have, the German could get some minutes this season.

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