When Jeff Horner took the head coaching job at West Des Moines Valley last year, he was pleased to follow in his father's footsteps as a high school coach in Iowa. Kale Abrahamson may have been even more happy, however.
The Class of 2012 wing hit his stride playing for Horner this past winter. Colleges have noticed.
"It was a miracle," Abrahamson said of the Horner hiring."It was the best thing that's ever happened to me at Valley. His offense fit me perfectly and the guys just bought in right away."
Horner dished out more assists than anybody in Iowa Hawkeye history. The sharp-shooting point guard played his high school ball for his father, Bob Horner, at Mason City. He committed to college as a freshman but still has helped Abrahamson through his recruitment.
"He says I should pay him for of the phone calls he's been answering," Abrahamson said. "He's been a great advocate."
Abrahamson worked out for college coaches Wednesday night at Valley. Northwestern Coach Bill Carmody attended the event and offered a scholarship to the 6-foot-7, 190-pounder. That brought his total number of offers to six.
"I have some great options," Abrahamson said. "I'm blessed."
Horner's alma mater also attended Wednesday's workout.
"I've not heard from (the Hawkeyes) as much as the other schools," Abrahamson said. "I just think it might be a personnel issue with them. They have a lot of shooters."
In addition to Northwestern, Abrahamson holds offers from Nebraska, Iowa State, Wake Forest, Northern Iowa and Albany. He said he expects offers from Harvard and Creighton next week, and a Stanford offer is pending the receiving of his application.
Abrahamson always has been able to shoot the ball from deep. This season he showed a more diverse offensive game.
"A lot of my points came off the dribble, pulling up or taking it all the way to the basket," he said. "I definitely improved my strength and ball handling."
Abrahamson said he would like to decide on a school before his season season at Valley begins. He is planning a trip to Stanford for Memorial Day and expects to see Wake Forest after that.
Abrahamson plays with the loaded Martin Brothers Select AAU team. The squad features North Carolina verbal Marcus Paige as well as Mike Gesell and Adam Woodbury, who hold a nice group of BCS offers, including Iowa.