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2024 four-star Jaeden Mustaf discusses Indiana basketball visit



2024 four-star guard Jaeden Mustaf broke down his Indiana basketball visit from the weekend.(Jaeden Mustaf - @tjaee / Instagram)

2024 four-star guard Jaeden Mustaf completed his official visit with the Indiana basketball program over the weekend.

Mustaf is rated as the No. 39 player in the 247Sports Composite Rankings. He is also the No. 6 combo guard in the class.

The Carmel Christian (NC) guard averaged 15.9 points, 5.8 rebounds, 3.8 assists and 1.8 steals per game this season.

Through four Nike EYBL sessions, Mustaf is averaging 18.6 points per game in 16 games.

Mustaf spoke with following his visit to give his feedback on the Indiana basketball program, style of play, his fit, relationships and more.

Below is the Q&A.

Q: Walk me through your Indiana basketball visit and some of the key things that stood out.

Mustaf: We went out to eat a couple times, toured around the facilities and the campus, had talks with strength and conditioning coach, AD (Athletic Director Scott Dolson) and others. They had a video for us on the jumbotron, we had the photoshoot and all that so it went good.

Q: What parts of the visit were significant to you or blew you away?

Mustaf: Just all the history of the program, that was pretty cool. The strength and conditioning coach (Clif Marshall) and his plan and how he helps players develop. Both of those were significant to me. Assembly Hall definitely. How big it was and how high up the seats go.

Q: What about the conversations with Coach Marshall and his strength program were different than others which made it stand out?

Mustaf: Just seeing how many different levels of sports he’s dealt with, seeing what he’s done to players bodies in short periods of time. You could tell he really loves what he does and he also is there watching practice and things like that.

Q: In terms of your conversations with Coach Woodson, what about those are intriguing in terms of style of play and how you’d fit in their system?

Mustaf: Everything he does is NBA style. NBA style practices, their style of play is more towards the NBA way and that’s my ultimate goal to have a successful career in the league. He’s been in the NBA for 30+ years either coaching or playing and they had (Jalen) Hood-Schifino last year who is pretty similar to myself so to see what he did and what I could do was intriguing.

Q: In regards to player development – was there a point of emphasis about that and specifically Jalen Hood-Schifino?

Mustaf: Yes, he came in and people didn’t really think he’d be a lottery pick or projected lottery pick, some even 1 and done 1st rounder, but he is and a lot has to do with his development at Indiana and how he played there.

Q: How do you see yourself potentially fitting in with their system with how IU uses multiple guards and ball handlers?

Mustaf: I’m a versatile player, so I can play on and off the ball, more so on the ball at point guard. But there’s times when I can play off the ball and I can be effective with and without the ball, so I think I’d be able to fit in good.

Q: Who was your player host and do you have a relationship with any of the guys on the roster now or know them before this past weekend?

Mustaf: I didn’t have a player host but I knew Gabe Cupps from playing with him in the Adidas All-American and from playing against him last year. I played against Mackenzie Mgbako and against Malik Reneau and Malik came to the last dinner that we had as well.

Q: Did your interest level in Indiana go up after the visit?

Mustaf: I already had very high interest in Indiana and it only grew higher after the visit

Q: Do you have a timeline for a decision or when you’re trying to make one?

Mustaf: Probably sometime in September.

Q: What are some of the specific keys you’re looking for in a school?

Mustaf: Somewhere I can win first and develop. Somewhere I can trust the coaches and they trust me. Where I can grow as a person, student and athlete.

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Alec Lasley is the owner of Hoosier Illustrated, a comprehensive site covering news, updates and recruiting for Indiana University athletics. Alec has covered Indiana for six years and is a credentialed media member. He has previously worked for both Rivals and 247Sports.