Valley's Abrahamson Drawing Interest

The Hawkeye State's 2012 Basketball Class has been lauded because of the talent at the top. Marcus Paige, Mike Gesell and Adam Woodbury are well known. But their AAU teammate has emerged as a Division I prospect and is getting interest from Iowa, Stanford and others. Hawkeye Insider caught up with the West Des Moines Valley star to get the latest on his recruitment.

Much has been made of the state of Iowa's prep basketball talent in the Class of 2012. Marcus Paige, Mike Gesell and Adam Woodbury have been household names in recruiting circles for quite some time.

The list of top prospects in the Hawkeye State goes beyond that trifecta, however. West Des Moines Valley High's Kale Abrahamson most certainly will be a Division I player, perhaps at the highest level.

"I definitely used to be concerned about that," Abrahamson said of being overshadowed by Paige, Gesell and Woodbury. "But those guys are great players and good friends. They deserve the attention they're getting. I'm just trying to do my thing. My time will come."

Abrahamson's time already may have arrived. Iowa, Stanford, Nebraska, Wichita State, Drake and Northern Iowa have been to open gyms. Minnesota, Creighton and Albany have said they'll be out to see him soon. UNI and Albany have offered scholarships.

"I think the success we had during the July evaluation period really brought attention my way," said Abrahamson, who plays for the Martin Brothers Attack AAU program on the same team as Paige, Gesell and Woodbury. "We finished seventh in the country and a lot of great college coaches came out to see us play."

The 6-foot-7, 187-pound Abrahamson also performed well at recent camp in Louisville. He attended the event with Gesell and Paige.

"That was a great experience," he said.

Abrahamson sees himself as a two or three in college.

"I don't think I'm done growing, though, so I could be playing some four as well," he said.

Iowa Assistant Kirk Speraw recently attended an open gym at Valley. The Hawkeyes have been evaluating Abrahamson since the summer.

"I think they were at every single one of our games in July," he said. "My coach (at Valley, former Hawkeye Jeff Horner) has talked to them a lot about me. I think they're probably looking at bigs at this point and waiting to see what else they need in my class."

Abrahamson said Stanford has shown a lot of interest.

"(Cardinal Assistant) Mike Schrage talks to my dad a lot," Abrahamson said. "They can't offer me until I qualify (academically) and I'll be taking the SAT and ACT coming up. I think they could offer after that."

Abrahamson will take an unofficial visit to Nebraska this weekend when the Husker football team plays host to Missouri.

"I'm going to go to (basketball) practice and check things out," Abrahamson said. "I'm pretty excited. They definitely seem interested and have come on harder with recruiting lately."

Northern Iowa was the first to offer a scholarship to Abrahamson and it sounds like the Panthers will play a large role in his recruitment.

"It's just a great program with great people," Abrahamson said. "They had faith in me before anyone else. I'm not narrowing it down or naming any favorites, but they definitely deserve a decent look and they'll get that from me."

Abrahamson doesn't have a timetable for his decision but would prefer to choose sooner rather than later.

"If I could and I felt absolutely sure of where I wanted to go, I'd like to do it before next summer," he said. "I really don't see the sense in wasting the time of coaches. But I also want to be absolutely sure. We'll just see how it goes."

Note - I know Gesell is a Nebraska kid, technically, but he plays AAU in Iowa and I'm grouping him into Iowa's class.

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