Abu's confidence is growing

Abdul Malik Abu has had a strong spring and followed that up with an impressive showing at the NBPA Camp.

Abdul-Malik Abu raised his profile on the Nike circuit playing for Expressions Elite.

An active and energetic power forward, Abu, a standout at Meriden (N.H.) Kimball Union, plays a tough brand of basketball. He's physical, uses his athleticism in the paint and can score from mid-range and in.

At NBPA Camp this past weekend, Abu was aggressive and went for nine points and just over three rebounds a game.

"You hear a lot of names circulate around, but you never really get to see them play so it's good to see these guys play and prove myself as one of the type guys here too," Abu said about NBPA Camp.

Abu said he's working on being more assertive on the court.

"I need to assert myself a little bit more," he said. "I think that's always my biggest weakness, knowing when to assert myself and when to help my team. I try to be as unselfish as possible, but when the coaches tell me they need me to score and be aggressive that's what I do."

Playing for Expressions Elite in the Nike EYBL, Abu averaged a productive 14.6 points and just over seven rebounds. That type of showing has Abu's confidence on the rise.

"I'm definitely growing confidence and seeing what I can become with a lot more hard work," Abu said. "I'm just taking it all in perspective and just trying to be the best player that I can be."

A four-star prospect, Abu said his recruitment has taken off recently.

"It's hectic," he said. "It's getting crazy. I'm just trying to enjoy it and be a kid for a little bit longer."

Abu said he's picked up offers this spring from Florida, Tennessee, Texas, North Carolina State and Kansas. He also has a host of other programs after him, including Kentucky, Providence, Wisconsin, Cincinnati, Iowa State, West Virginia Connecticut and Boston College.

"I'm pretty much wide open right now," Abu added.

"I haven't take any officials," Abu said. "Unofficially I've visited Providence, UConn and Boston College because those are in my area."

Abu said he's planning to take all five of his official visits. When pressed on where he might visit, Abu said he wouldn't mind heading seeing a school in a comfortable climate.

"I'm not sure," he said. "I want to go somewhere warm if that means anything."

Abu is currently regarded as the No. 79 recruit in the 2014 class.


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