2005 Focus: Alfred Aboya

Alfred Aboya isn't ready to play big-time college basketball just yet, but give the 6-8, 220-pound Tilton (N.H.) junior a break. He was a two-guard on the Cameroon National Team and is making the transition to the low post.

Division 1 college coaches have never really had a reason to take a trip to the Tilton School (N.H.), but Alfred Aboya should change that.

Aboya, a 6-8, 220-pound Cameroon native who is still getting used to playing down in the paint, is an athletic power forward who gets up and down the floor well and is a virtual unknown outside of New Hampshire.

Tilton first-year head coach Scott Willard is trying to transform Aboya from someone who played on the perimeter for the Cameroon National Team to a player who thrives on contact and can score with an array of low-post moves in the paint.

``Basketball here is fast," Aboya said. "It's slow in Cameroon and that's why they had me playing on the outside. I never really played on the inside so the post is new to me."

Aboya isn't at the point where he can rely on a move in the paint for a bucket, but then again he's only been in the country for three months.

The 18-year-old Aboya's name has gotten out a little bit as Georgetown coach Craig Esherick was up to get an early look at a recent practice. He's also received mail from Kansas, Marquette, TCU, Wyoming, UMass and UConn.

``Georgetown is my dream school," Aboya added. "I am friendly with (Portland Trailblazers center) Ruben Boumtje Boumtje. Aboya finished with 22 points and 12 rebounds in a win over Phillips Academy this past weekend and while he's certainly raw on the offensive end, he did plenty of good things. He's active on the glass, takes charges, blocks shots, is well-conditioned and has good hands for a big man.

``He hasn't really done anything he's capable of yet," Willard said. "Everything he does is a result of putbacks and hard work right now."

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