Night of the Future Stars
Even though Louisville signees Brandon Jenkins and Michael Bush are also participants in this years Derek Anderson Derby Festival Basketball Classic, clearly during the Night of Future Stars last night at Bellarmine, Mohamed Abukar was the story for the Cardinal fans in attendance.
Introduced as possibly the third Louisville signee in the game, Cardinal fans at Bellermine gave a loud and long ovation to Abukar who was greeted by current UofL forward Francisco Garcia on the court.
Fransisco Garcia watches the
contests with prospect
And Abukar seemed impressed by the support of the home crowd.
"I thought it was great. I mean its nice to see people come out and support athletes and things like that. It makes me feel more strongly about..... Louisville," Abukar told ITV after the festivities.
Abukar and his teammates didn't do much yesterday because of the rain. However, Abukar will have a full day today.
"I'm going to go walk around the campus tomorrow," Abukar said.
Abukar displayed his wide array of skills Friday night at Knights Hall. He made 19 three pointers in one minute during the three point shooting contest to advance to tonight's finals in Freedom Hall. Then he brought the crowd to its feet with some impressive slam dunks, including a reverse, two hand slam to advance to tonight's dunk final as well.
Jenkins teamed with Charlotte bound big man Martin Iti to advance to the finals of the 2 on 2 contest before losing to Mike Nardi (Villanova) and Grant Billmeier (Seton Hall). He also made 12 three pointers in the slam dunk contest but that wasn't enough for the unselfish point guard to advance to tonight's final.
Bush got hot during the three point contest, nailing 16 and advanced to tonight's final in Freedom Hall.
Observations and Notes from the gym
The White team appears the stronger unit. Martin Iti is the best big man in this years game and Mohamed Abukar is the best forward. The White also has Brandon Jenkins running the show and he's certainly one of the better guards in the field.
Francisco Garcia is one heck of a recruiter. Not only did he work hard on Mohamed Abukar last night but he also sat with Rajon Rondo during last night's festivities and seemed to have a nice friendship developed with the talented junior guard from Eastern High.
Speaking of Rondo, he told ITV last night that he intends to transfer from Eastern High School for his senior season. He indicated that he had spoken with Oak Hill's Steve Smith and Ballard High appears a strong possibility as well.