Aboya on Heels' radar

The Tar Heels have already gotten a pair of guards for the Class of 2005 and now it's time to focus on post players. The two top options are Tyler Hansbrough and Richard Hendrix, but Roy Williams & Co. aren't putting all their eggs in a couple baskets.

One name that may emerge as a legitimate target – especially if either Hansbrough or Hendrix head elsewhere – is Alfred Aboya.

The 6-8, 240-pound rising senior power forward committed to Georgetown midway through his junior campaign at The Tilton School (N.H.), where the Cameroon native improved dramatically this past season under first-year head coach Scott Willard.

But he re-opened his recruitment after Craig Esherick was fired and prior to the hiring of John Thompson III. Aboya is still considering the Hoyas, along with Kansas, UConn, UNC, Virginia, Marquette and George Washington.

"The only school I knew coming over here was Georgetown because I had friends who went there," Aboya said. "I was comfortable with them."

"But when Coach Esherick was fired, I wasn't sure who was going to be there," he added. "I figured why not look at other places."

"He hasn't ruled out Georgetown," Willard said. "He loves the campus, but now he has a better idea of how the process works."

Tar Heels assistant coach Joe Holladay got a look at Aboya this past season when he made the trip to Tilton.

Aboya played on the perimeter, despite his size, for the Cameroon Junior National Team, so his post game was raw upon landing in the U.S. less than a year ago. However, Aboya has picked things up at a rapid pace and has become a versatile scorer who runs the court well, blocks shots, rebounds well and can put up points in the paint.

"I think I really improved in all areas," said Aboya, who has also picked up English as quickly as an interior game. "Back home, I didn't play in the post, but I've learned how to play with my back to the basket." However, Aboya hasn't gotten any national publicity because few have really seen him play. He injured his knee in practice late in the season and had surgery about six weeks ago. His last notable performance was a 31-point, 17-rebound effort in the league title game in March.

Aboya is ready to get back into action and he's hoping to suit up for Blessed IJN in July. He's also gotten invitations to both the Nike and ABCD Camps and will likely play in the latter event in New Jersey.

"He's made incredible strides," added Willard. "He has up-and-under moves and can score on the block. He knows when to kick it out and when to take it strong. By the end of the year, he had at least half his points on individual moves."


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