Pitino offers Abukar

Mohamed Abukar averaged 31 points and 12 rebounds over the weekend at the Las Vegas Easter Classic. Mohamed's AAU coach, Ollie Goulston, spoke with ITV Monday evening about Abukar's recruitment and his upcoming visit with Coach Pitino.

Abukar to receive visit from Pitino this week

Mohamed Abukar is a skilled 6'10 forward from the San Diego, CA suburbs and since obtaining his release from the University of Georgia his recruitment has become one of the most intense nationally.  Abukar is drawing heavy interest from some of the nation's top programs and will participate in this weekends Derek Anderson Derby Festival Basketball Classic in Louisville.

Abukar played in the Las Vegas Easter Classic over the weekend and drew quite an audience during his games.  Head coaches from Florida, Oregon, and UCLA were in the stands and several major college assistants, including Kentucky's Scott Rigot also checked out the talented forward.

Abukar averaged 31 points and 12 rebounds in Vegas, including a high of 43.  He also scored 33 points during a Saturday game, draining six threes, then  poured in 33 more during a Sunday game.

And also in attendance to watch three of his games last weekend were Louisville Head Coach Rick Pitino and Assistant Coach Kevin Willard.

"They were real excited," Goulston said of the Louisville's coaches impression of Abukar's play.  "He's so skilled and can pass, handle and flat out score."

Goulston said one division one head coach described Abukar as a "three man in a four man's body."

Since obtaining his release last week from Georgia, Goulston said Abukar is trying to get things done quickly when it comes to choosing his new school.

Goulston listed Louisville, Florida, UCONN and Kentucky as the top four schools on Abukar's list.

"He's very serious about Louisville," Goulston said of Abukar's interest in the Cards.  Goulston indicated that Abukar would tour the Louisville campus and facilities unofficially later this week.

According to Goulston, Coach Pitino will visit Abukar in San Diego this Wednesday and has already offered the 6'10 forward a scholarship.

Goulston indicated that Abukar is looking to play for a quality head coach with a proven track record of developing and preparing players for the NBA.

"He's looking for a high profile program where he can face top competition on a daily basis and compete for a national title," Goulston said.

Abukar, a solid student, is fully qualified academically to play next season.



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