Abukar visits with ITV

ITV spoke with Mohamed Abukar on Monday night and received the latest update on his recruiting and discussed his recent visits to both Louisville and Kentucky.

Although Mohamed Abukar is racking up frequent flyer miles with back-to-back trips from his home in Southern California to the Bluegrass State, I was able to catch him for a few minutes on Monday evening. Mohamed gave me an update on his recruiting and discussed his visits to both Louisville and Kentucky.

Mohamed visited the Louisville campus two weekends ago while he was in town to participate in the Derek Anderson Kentucky Derby Festival Basketball Classic and he left impressed by what he saw.

"I liked the campus, but the main thing that I liked was the gym and the basketball facilities," explained the 6'9, 200-pound senior. "I'll spend most of my time [on basketball], so that was important to see."

Rick Pitino's style of play has also made an impression. "I like how they get up and down the floor," said Abukar. "I play best that way. I like to play when the ball is pushed back up the court and you can get out and run."

This past weekend, Mohamed made an official visit to rival Kentucky and much like his visit to Louisville, he left impressed.

"I liked the lodge that they have for the players," explained Abukar, who was also able to spend some time in Lexington off campus. "I also liked the scene around the campus."

Mohamed also added that he has been surprised by the amont of support that fans have for their teams in the state.

"I was really suprised by how the fans take [basketball] so seriously," said Abukar. "People here where I live aren't like that. It was great to see them supporting their teams like that."

Florida is next up on Abukar's tour of school's this weekend. Mohamed told ITV that he will decide on a possible trip to visit Missouri following his visit to Gainesville. He also told ITV that no longer plans on visiting Connecticut and that Florida or Missouri would most likely be his last trip.

When I asked Mohamed what he is looking for in a program, he replied that he wants to find a program that has comradery among its players and coaches.

Mohamed informed ITV that he has no set time on when he plans on making a decision on where to play next, but that he is "shooting on two to three weeks."


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