Bloomington – A trip to Bloomington stood out for a standout guard from the Chicago area.
Mt. Carmel (Ill.) H.S. sophomore point guard Tracy Abrams was one of the numerous recruits who was on hand for IU's Hoosier Hysteria practice two weeks ago. Considered by many to be the top guard prospect in the Windy City's 2011 class, Abrams had already taken unofficial visits to Illinois, Kentucky and Tennessee in recent weeks. But after reflecting on each of the four stops, he thought there was some special about his time at IU.
"Indiana stood out because of all the people that were there," Abrams said. "When I went to the other places they had big football games, but at Indiana it was for basketball that they had so many people there."
Thanks to that first impression, Indiana has emerged as a contender for this 6-1, 170-pounder. Abrams said Indiana is in his "top three or four" along with Illinois, Kentucky and Tennessee.
There's a lot to like about Abrams, who averaged 11 points per game as a high school freshman, and then followed that up with a very good spring and summer AAU season with the Chicago Express AAU squad. He's an extremely quick point guard who likes to create for his teammates, but is also adept at finishing as well.
"Abrams is a tough, hardnosed guard that is capable of playing both guard spots," said Scout.com's Evan Daniels. "He's very quick off the dribble, attacks the rim effectively and has legit range on his jumper."
Those skills have already resulted in a scholarship offer from Illinois, while Indiana is among the programs that has said it wants to head up to the Chicago area to evaluate Abrams during the upcoming season.
While Indiana has a foot in the door with Abrams, he admits that there's a draw to stay in-state and play for Bruce Weber at Illinois. After struggling to attract top Chicago area talent for the first several years of his tenure, Weber has started to have some luck with the last couple of classes, getting commitments from players such as Crandall Head, Jereme Richmond, Brandon Paul and Joseph Bertrand.
"It's a big draw to stay in-state because I know a lot of the players at Illinois," Abrams.
But Indiana counters that with its tradition, fan following, as well as Tom Crean's reputation for developing elite guards, including Chicago-area products such as Dwyane Wade and Jerel McNeal when he was at Marquette. Abrams heard about what IU has to offer from the IU staff by sticking around for about an hour after the conclusion of Hoosier Hysteria, and he witnessed the fan following first hand by sitting in the stands for the 1 ½-hour event.
"Indiana focuses on the fact that they work hard and they can get you to the next level and that they'll be winning games no matter what," Abrams said.
Indiana Visit Stands Out for Abrams
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