Abu: "I'm One Of Their Priorities"

Meriden (N.H.) Kimball Union standout forward Abdul-Malik Abu had a huge spring that led to multiple high-major offers.

Meriden (N.H.) Kimball Union standout forward Abdul-Malik Abu had a huge spring that led to multiple high-major offers.

Kansas, Florida, Tennessee and NC State were the latest I received during the spring period," said Abu. "I have a lot more, but I don't like to list them all because I don't want to forget anybody. They are all recruiting me very hard, and I respect that."

He made his name on the EYBL circuit suiting up for Expressions Elite, where he is averaging 14.6 points and seven rebounds per game heading into the Peach Jam.

"The spring was great for me," he said. "I gained a lot of confidence, and it has made me work even harder. I'm just taking it all in stride right now... trying to finish out strong."

He also impressed at the recent NBPA Top 100 Camp, but he went to the event not just looking to improve his reputation.

"I was trying to learn how to be a professional," he said. "That's why we went to classes and seminars. I want to be the best professional that I can be in life.

"The camp is separated from all other camps because it taught us virtues. We learned things about life. That's something I take very strongly. It was a blessing to be there."

Abu hasn't really started to focus on his recruitment and likely won't do so until the AAU season is over. However, NC State is certainly one of the programs that has his attention.

"NC State has let me know that I'm one of their priorities," he said. "They say I'm a guy that can help them a lot down the road.

"I really like their coaching staff. They've been contacting me and my AAU coach. They have great people there. I look forward to learning more about them."

Ultimately, Abu will take a simple approach when picking a school.

"I'm going to go for the best fit and not my highest offer," he stated. "That's how I'm going to approach it."


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