Storrs Side: Huskies on the 2013-2014 recruiting trail
Published: Wednesday, September 4, 2013
Updated: Wednesday, September 4, 2013 00:09
While the Huskies look primed to strike in the upcoming 2013-2014 basketball season, it’s never too early to shed light on the future. With a young coach at the helm and a state-of-the-art practice facility undergoing rapid construction, Storrs continues to maintain its status as an attractive destination for high school stars weighing their prospective collegiate decisions.
Kimball Union Academy (N.H.) power forward Abdul-Malik Abu–considered by ESPN to be the 44th best high school prospect in the nation–continues to list UConn as a potential landing spot for next fall. In the race to reel in the 6-foot-8, 235 pound recruit, UConn is accompanied by fellow suitors Florida, North Carolina State and Providence. Abu last visited UConn on August 21 in what was described to be a successful and productive encounter.
While his skills are still in need of significant development, the sky is the limit for Abu. Boasting an abundance of raw athletic ability and a 7-foot-1 wingspan, the Boston native could be a defensive menace in any coach’s system. According to an ESPN.com Scouting Report, “Abu is a physical specimen with a power build…He’s also a gifted athlete who moves well for a player of his size, gets off his feet easily, and is consequently a very good finisher.”
Reportedly set to announce his commitment on Sept. 7, Abu could be in position to earn immediate playing time upon arrival if he does in fact choose to represent the blue and white. On a side note, if the four star recruit picks UConn next Saturday it would not be surprising to watch Abu’s AAU teammate Jared Terrell (6-foot-3, 220 pounds) follow in his footsteps. A teammate of Abu’s on the AAU squad Expressions Elite, the shooting guard is ranked by ESPN to be the 76th best prospect nationally.