Iowa Offers Abrahamson

On the same day that Iowa announced JUCO transfer Anthony Hubbard was leaving the program, the Hawkeyes extended a scholarship offer to Class of 2012 in-state product Kale Abrahamson on Thursday. Hawkeye Insider caught up with the West Des Moines Valley product to see what the opportunity means to him and where he stands in his recruiting process.

Kale Abrahamson sat on a bus with mechanical issues as the rain poured down in somewhere Tennessee on Thursday evening. He couldn't have been happier.

The Class of 2012 wing from West Des Moines Valley earlier added another scholarship offer to his growing list. It came from in-state Iowa.

"I'm really interested," the 6-foot-7, 190-pounder said. "I have to talk to my parents more about it. But from what I've heard initially and from what (his AAU Coach Hank Huddleson) is telling me and what I've heard from Coach (Jeff) Horner, everything looks pretty good. I'm excited to get the offer, for sure."

Valley is coached by Horner, who ranks as the Hawkeyes all-time assists leader.

"I'm sure he'll be a little bit biased, but I understand that," Abrahamson said. "I mean, he's been great. We've talked about recruiting many times. I trust his advice and I'm sure we'll talk about it."

Abrahamson holds offers from Iowa, Boston College, Seton Hall, Wake Forest, Nebraska, Iowa State, Stanford, Northwestern, Northern Iowa, Harvard, Creighton and Albany. He's also hearing from Vanderbilt quite often.

"I just want to get it done before my season starts, so in the early signing period," Abrahamson said of a decision timeline. "I'm not sure if I'll go right up to signing day, I just want to get it done before this high school season."

Abrahamson said he will be researching schools and getting to know coaching staffs better after the AAU evaluation period of July.

"I need to sit down with my family and probably narrow it down here," he said. "From there, I'll decide what places I'm going to take my officials to and decide after that. I have no idea (how many officials he'll take). I'm not going to waste anyone's time. I also want to make sure that I give everyone a good look. We'll see how it goes."

Abrahamson runs with the All-Iowa Attack/Martin Brothers AAU program. He is teammates with two of Iowa's other top targets in the '12 Class - Adam Woodbury and Mike Gesell.

"I think it's great," Abrahamson said. "It just shows that our team is pretty good that we all can get these high-level offers. It's cool to think about playing with them, for sure. I also think that we all need to make our own decision. We all need to be happy individually. But if we could all play together, that would be cool as well."

Abrahamson was on the bus heading home from a tournament in Georgia Thursday when Huddleson called him to the back to talk. He then put his standout on the phone with Iowa Coach Fran McCaffery.

"(McCaffery) just kind of complimented me on my play so far this July," Abrahamson said. "He's been to pretty much every game. He said a spot has opened up for me to come in and actually get minutes. That's why the offered."

Although Anthony Hubbard's name wasn't brought up in the conversation with McCaffery, Abrahamson believed the JUCO transfer's exit from the Hawkeye program on Thursday prompted an offer to him.

"He said that he doesn't like to offer kids when he doesn't think that there's a spot open where they can come in and actually play," Abrahamson said. "I don't know exactly what's going on (with the Hubbard situation), but apparently stuff has opened up and now they have more space."

Abrahamson said that he hasn't visited Iowa or Iowa State to this point in any capacity other than seeing the towns as a resident of the state.


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