When chasing a dream, there is no one route to success. Such has been true for Coastal Bend College’s (TX) 6’1″ sophomore shooting guard, Malik Amos.
Originally signing with Division 1 Prairie View A&M out of high school, Amos was slated to redshirt his freshman season of college. However, midway through the season, with the Panthers in need of a scoring option, his redshirt was pulled. Thus, making him lose a year of eligibility.
After playing limited minutes in his freshman season at Prairie View A&M, Amos decided to commit to transfer to Blinn College, a junior college in Brenham, Texas. As he was set to switch schools for his sophomore season, an academic situation caused him to not be able to transfer, leaving him at Prairie View A&M for another season. Upon his return to the team, he redshirted his second season, but was still able to workout with them as he prepared for his next destination.
With three years of eligibility left to play, that next destination looked to be Lonestar College in Woodlands, Texas. After spending a short time there, Amos decided this wasn’t the right fit either. He says this is when he first came across the basketball team at Coastal Bend College in Beeville, Texas.
“One of my coaches called me and told me about Coastal Bend. He told me I could come over there and play and they love guards that can shoot,” recalls Amos.
Since he never played at Lonestar College and transferred before the season started, he was able to play for Coastal Bend right away. It was a spur of the moment decision, according to Amos, but has panned out to this point.
“I first thought about it on a Friday and I was moving in there on a Monday,” says Amos, “It was all really a rushed thing, but it seems to be working out so far.”
For Amos to join the team on such short notice, it has more than worked out for him and Coastal Bend. In fact, he is having one of the most impressive seasons shooting the ball among junior college players. Through his first eight games with Coastal Bend he’s scoring 25 points per game and shooting 63 percent from three-point range.
In one of his recent games against Victoria College, Amos notched 40 points. He hit 8 of 10 shots from behind the arc and 14 of his 17 shots overall. “My dad and one of my friends were at the game, so I wanted to put on a show for them,” said Amos, “I hit my first four shots and had ten points in the first two minutes. After that, the basket just looked huge. I was making shots, and my teammates kept giving me the ball.”
His play surely impressed his dad, as well as his friend, but they weren’t the only ones impressed. Following his hot start to the season and big game against Victoria College, Amos has gained the interest of multiple Division 1 programs. Charleston Southern, Akron, Binghamton, North Carolina A&T, Colorado State, and Abilene Christian have all reached out to Amos’s coaching staff at Coastal Bend. None have offered at this time, but if he can continue his recent level of play that will undoubtedly change.
As far as what he’s looking for in a program at the next level, Amos said, “I’m looking for a program with a family atmosphere and will fit my run and gun style of play. At first, I wanted to stay close to home, but that doesn’t matter to me anymore. I just want a good relationship with my coaches.”
His path to to get back to Division 1 has been long, but he says the process has helped him grow. “Playing JUCO turned me into a dog,” he says, “Everybody here is trying to go somewhere and it can make or break you. If you don’t stay in the gym, it’s easy to get distracted. It’s taught me to play harder and appreciate things more.”
Already having Division 1 experience and one of the most consistent three-point shooting strokes in the country, it’s very likely Amos will be returning to the Division 1 level for his junior season. Beyond his scoring ability, he takes pride in passing the ball, and is improving defensively. He’s working on impacting the game without the ball, so that he can bring a complete package to wherever he lands next in his long, yet successful journey.