2017 Intro: Ishmael El-Amin
Given his last name it is no surprise that Minnetonka (Minn.) Hopkins standout Ishmael El-Amin has been on the radar of college coaches since entering high school. The 6-foot-1 floor general comes with the bloodlines and ability that college coaches love. Getting ready for his sophomore basketball season, El-Amin says he is focused and ready to have a major impact. “I feel like I’m going to contribute to my team a lot,” said El-Amin. “I have to run the team like a point guard does, and being a facilitator in all aspects.” He continued, “During the summer I have been working on improving my jump shot and also catching and shooting. I struggled some with that as a freshman, but I have gotten a lot better.” It is early on in the recruiting process for El-Amin, but high-major schools are already entering into the mix. “Providence has been talking to me a lot, Connecticut, Miami, Oregon, and Stanford have also been talking to me,” said El-Amin. The school that will jump out the most to many for El-Amin is Connecticut because of the family connection. It is no surprise that El-Amin has been to the Storrs campus a few times already. “It is an honor to hear from them,” said El-Amin of the Huskies. “I have visited the campus a few times with my dad, and I have loved everything about them. Coach (Kevin) Ollie has been great, and it is an honor to hear from them.” Obviously it is still early in the process for El-Amin who is only a class of 2017 prospect, but he does have an idea of what he will look for in a school when the time comes. “Academics are going to be huge,” stated El-Amin. “My mom is a teacher so that is going to be huge. Also the coach is important, because the point guard and the coach have to have a real bond and think similar for the team to be effective.”
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