5-Star PF Malik Reneau Commits to Indiana; Hoosiers Move to No. 5 2022 Class

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured Columnist IVApril 18, 2022

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS - APRIL 15: Malik Reneau #13 of Team Air is defended by Tarris Reed #32 of Team Flight during the men's Jordan Brand Classic at Hope Academy on April 15, 2022 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
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The Indiana Hoosiers are having a heck of a 2022 recruiting cycle. 

Malik Reneau, a 5-star power forward, announced on Monday he would be joining that class, via Twitter:

Malik A. Reneau @MalikReneau

Lock In🔒110% Committed ❤️🤍 <a href="https://t.co/WZg6TzO7QY">pic.twitter.com/WZg6TzO7QY</a>

Per 247Sports, his addition moved Indiana up to fifth in the 2022 recruiting class rankings. 

Reneau joins 5-star combo guard Jalen Hood-Schifino, 4-star power forward Kaleb Banks and 3-star shooting guard CJ Gunn in the incoming recruiting class for the Hoosiers. 

Jon Rothstein @JonRothstein

Indiana is now well positioned for success in 22-23 regardless of what Trayce Jackson-Davis decides to do.<br><br>If he returns, Hoosiers look like a Top-15 team. <a href="https://t.co/giEiyArPCg">https://t.co/giEiyArPCg</a>

The Montverde Academy product is ranked the No. 28 player in the class of 2022, the No. 8 player from the state of Florida and the No. 4 power forward. 

Brandon Jenkins of 247Sports provided the following scouting report on the 6'8", 210-pound forward:

"Reneau is a southpaw four man with a solid build, great hands, and an equally impressive feel for the game. He is a team-oriented player who compliments those around him with his activity on the glass, inside scoring, and passing from the high to low posts. He is a decent vertical athlete who can make the occasional wow play but for the most part Reneau is all business and fundamentals on the hardwood. With his great basketball IQ and ability to do whatever is needed for his team, Reneau tracks well as a high major all-purpose asset."

Indiana had a solid first season under head coach Mike Woodson, going 21-14. It defeated Wyoming in the First Four of the NCAA tournament but then lost in the first round to Saint Mary's.

The Hoosiers' incoming class—combined with Race Thompson and the possible but unlikely return of Trayce Jackson-Davis, who may be NBA-bound—makes the team a threat in the Big Ten next season.

Race Thompson @RaceThompson1

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As for Reneau, he committed to Florida in September but decommitted in March after head coach Mike White departed for Georgia. 

"First and foremost I want to thank the community of #GatorNation for all the love and support they have given me," he said at the time. "With everything that has transpired at the University of Florida, I have decided to reopen my recruitment."

Florida's loss is Indiana's gain.