Terrell, Abu Add High-Major Offers After Boo Williams; Kentucky Shows Interest in Abu
Two of the top players in the Class of 2014 picked up high-major offers after their performances at the Boo Williams Nike EYBL stop this weekeend.
Jared Terrell, a 6-foot-4 shooting guard from Brewster (N.H.) Academy, added offers from Kansas and Florida, according to his Expressions Elite coach Tyron Boswell.Abdul-Malik Abu, a 6-8 power forward from Kimball (N.H.) Union, added offers from Kansas, N.C. State, Texas and Minnesota.
Kentucky coach John Calipari also watched Abu and UK assistant Orlando Antigua called Boswell Monday.
“Cal watched a game and then the assistant watched a game,” Boswell told SNY.tv. “He loved how he rebounded above the square and loved his motor.”
Asked if Abu might visit Kentucky, Boswell said, “If they offer, it’s possible.”
Boswell said the two players have talked about playing together in college and various schools have offered both players, including Florida, Kansas, UConn, St. John’s, Providence, Marquette and URI.
“That’s their goal,” Boswell said. “The goal is to try to play together if it works out for them both. If not, they’ll do what’s in the best interest of each of them.”
As for Terrell, Boswell said his year at Brewster has really helped him develop his game.
“He gained a lot from being up at Brewster and playing against high-major Division 1 guys every night,” he said.
“Brewster is a stomping ground for high-level kids to improve their skills and he’s playing against those guys and in one of the best leagues in the country. He’s taking the EYBL by storm, shooting efficiently, getting to the rim. From being at Brewster as well, he’s working on his defensive skills as a lockdown defender.”
As for Abu, Boswell said: “He has started to scratch the surface of where he can be. He’s hitting the 3-pointer consistently as well as the mid-range shot. He’s virtually unguardable one-on-one if you don’t double-team him.
“He’s getting compared to pro guys.”
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