Terrell and Abu Package Deal?

Two highly sought after Class of 2014 friends from the Granite State day-tripped down to Providence College on Wednesday and both were impressed by the program.

Jared Terrell, a 6-3, 225 pound shooting guard from the New Hampton School and Abdul-Malik Abu, a 6-8, 215 pound combo forward from Kimball Academy, visited Providence on Wednesday and according to their AAU coach, Ty Boswell, enjoyed their visit.

Boswell, a coach for the Xpressions, said, "They had a lot of fun. It was great for them to get to go down to Providence and check things out."

"It helps that Ricardo (Ledo) goes there," Boswell said. "He's one of ours and he showed them around. They got to see the campus and rode dirt bikes and just generally had fun."

For both the players and the staff, it was an opportunity to get to know each other better. "They had a chance to sit down with the coaches and discuss plans," Boswell stated. "They love that it's a chance to stay close to home and play for an up-and-coming program."

"It's also an opportunity to build a relationship. Coach (Ed) Cooley and coach (Andre) LaFleur are good guys but they don't know them that well, but the relationship is starting to build. Coach Cooley has been to see Jared play often because he's played on our top team but Abdul doesn't know him as much. Abdul is just starting to come into his own and build that relationship."

Terrell has been a top performer in the 2014 class for a while. The #4 ranked shooting guard by Scout.com in the class, Terrell has offers from Providence, Boston College, Cincinnati, DePaul, Miami, Rutgers, Temple, Virginia Tech and Connecticut and heavy interest from other heavyweights.

According to Boswell, Terrell's game is evolving. "He's a terrific outside shooter, but he's really a combo guard. He's in the process of learning the one."

Evan Daniels of Scout writes: The New Hampton Prep standout can put up points in a hurry. He's a strongly built two-guard that shoots it well from three, has a developed mid-range game and can finished at and above the rim. At this stage he's among the top 2014 shooting guards.

Abdul-Malik Abu, like many big men, has taken longer to develop, but he now is emerging on the national scene, as well. "Abdul is coming along and developing," said Boswell. "He can make shots, play with his back to the basket and he has great athleticism. He's a combo forward and finishes well around the rim."

Along with Michigan State and Vanderbilt, Abu's list of schools are eerily similar to Terrell's. There's a reason for that.

"Jared and Abdul have decided that they want to go to school together," Boswell said. "So all of the same schools are recruiting them. It's too early to say when they'll trim their lists but I wouldn't expect anything to happen before the end of the next high school season."

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