"Those are mainly the schools that have shown the most interest for the longest," noted 2014's No. 14 rated player in the country. "I'll probably take two trips this fall and the rest in the spring, but it would be nice to make a decision before the season, too, so we'll see."
The good news for Bears fans is that Mike Montgomery and his staff are part of an even smaller group.
"Kansas, UCLA, Gonzaga, SDSU, Cal; they got their shields up and everything. They've probably been contacting me more than anyone... Cal's been texting and calling a lot. They're trying to get me out there for a football game next weekend (Northwestern). But I'm not sure if I'm going to be able to make it yet."
"School just started and I'm really trying to hit the books hard."
Considering his proximity to Berkeley, getting Pope on campus immediately isn't necessarily crucial. Getting the family matriarch to visit, however, is.
"My mom's really the key person," comments Malik. "She does a lot of research on the different schools."
That's not to suggest Pope's ambivalent as to where he ends up, only that he's excited about getting back on the court for his senior season.
"I'm hyped about it big time," says Pope. "We got a lot of seniors and some transfers, too. When people see us, their eyes are going to pop."