Malcolm Chimezie is ready for a big junior season - He talks about his recent college visits & more with HG Insider

By Pat Lawless

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Junior Malcolm Chimezie from Archbishop Stepinac (N.Y.) has a big high school season ahead of him. With more schools offering and showing interest, the big man’s stock is starting to take off. He spoke to Hoop Group Insider on some of his recent college visits and more.

Q: This is a big season for you as your reputation is starting to grow. What is your approach to this year?

A: “My approach to this year is to establish myself as one of the best forwards in the New York area. I’ve worked hard this summer and it feels good to see my skill take notice. Now it’s time to showcase it during the season and take off from there.”

Q: What do you feel is your biggest asset to a team?

A: “I feel my biggest asset to my team is how hard I play and my unselfishness. I always play with a motor and pride myself on making my teammates better. Whether that’s picking them up after they fall or passing them the ball out of the double team, that’s how I display my unselfishness.”

Q: What visits have you gone on recently & how did they all go?

A: “Recently I’ve been on visits to Siena and Columbia. Prior to that, I went on a visit to Marist. All three of my visits went extremely well and all of the campuses and coaches were great. I have visits planned to UMass, Fordham, Manhattan and I’m visiting Stony Brook next week.”

Q: Archbishop Stepinac is one of the favorites this year to win the state championship. There are high expectations for you guys so what’s your mindset with all that considered?

A: “My mindset this season is to be the best player I can be while also being a great team player. I want to win the championship as bad as my coach does and I don’t want to remember that feeling we felt when we lost last year in the CHSAA championship game. Needless to say none of us do and our mindset is to take teams out early so we can establish ourselves as the best team in the state.”