Abukar still trying to decide

ITV spoke with Mohamed Abukar's AAU coach, Ollie Goulston Monday afternoon about the star forward's recent visits to both Louisville and Kentucky. Goulston also dispelled some inaccurate rumors that have been prevelant on Internet message boards in recent days.

Abukar enjoyed trip to Louisville

Mohamed Abukar has been busy visiting prospective schools, including the University's of Louisville and Kentucky and will trip to Florida this weekend.  Ollie Goulston, Abukar's AAU coach spoke with ITV Monday afternoon and gave us an update of the talented forward's recruitment.

Abukar, the star of the Derek Anderson Derby Festival Basketball Classic, enjoyed both of his visits to Louisville and Lexington, according to Ollie Goulston.

"It went well," Goulston said of Abukar's visits to the Commonwealth.  "It's hard not to have a great time on those kind of trips."

According to Goulston, Abukar really enjoyed his trip to Louisville two weeks ago and the attention he received from both the Louisville and Kentucky fans.

"He loved the atmosphere...the fans....and he really likes Coach Pitino a great deal," Goulston told ITV.  "He liked Francisco Garcia and he really liked the point guard he played with [Brandon Jenkins]."

Mohamed Abukar(ITV)

Talk out of Lexington after Abukar's visit last weekend was that Mohamed didn't take a liking to UofL's urban campus setting but Goulston completely dispelled those rumors.

"I don't know where that came from...he's never said anything like that," said Goulston.

Goulston said they haven't heard anything new on the SEC's ruling of his waiver request but explained the Abukar camp expects a favorable ruling on the case.  Goulston also explained that a favorable ruling waiving the SEC's long standing policy forbidding intra-league transfers didn't necessarily mean Abukar would end up at either UK or Florida.

"They all are great schools with great coaches and.....traditions," Goulston said of Louisville, Kentucky and Florida.

Goulston told ITV that reports on Monday that Abukar had narrowed his choices to Louisville and Kentucky were also inaccurate.

Abukar still lists both the Cards and Cats along with Florida and is still considering visits to UCONN, Missouri and Oregon after his trip to Gainesville this weekend.

Is there any chance the Cards can lure Abukar back for an official visit?

"There's a chance but he feels good about what he saw in Louisville," Goulston said.

With the May 15 deadline to sign a letter of intent looming, Goulston told ITV that Abukar would not sign a letter of intent from any school, instead opting to sign scholarship papers from the institution of his choice, most likely after the spring signing period concludes.

And which ever school is fortunate to gain Abukar's services for next season will be rewarded with perhaps the nation's top unsigned talent.

"He feels he can come in and help any team win a national championship," Goulston said.

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