CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — Abdul Ado sticks out.
From the basketball prospect’s humble nature to his outrageous length, Ado possesses plenty of upside on and off the court to gain heavy interest from college coaches.
The lone Scout five-star center prospect in the Volunteer State’s 2016 signing class continues to get significant interest in and out of the state. Louisville, Memphis, Tennessee and Vanderbilt are some of the schools in strong consideration and Ado visited all of the above over the last 3-4 months.
“All of the schools are really awesome schools,” Ado told InsideTennessee. “I’m still thinking about it. I still have time a little bit. Then, I’m trying to make a good decision.
“Everybody who has offered me has shown a really good interest.”
Tennessee has been in the business of signing five-star prospects in recent years with the likes of Tobias Harris, Scotty Hopson, Robert Hubbs and Jarnell Stokes all wearing the orange. Ado does have interest in being a student-athlete in Knoxville.
“It’s a great school,” Ado said. “I mean it’s a great school. He’s a great coach. They have great players over there. I think a player will want to go over there and play his basketball career there. I think he would help him and he will probably prosper over there.”
Playing collegiately is a welcomed opportunity for Ado, who has been in America just 3 years after moving from Lagos, Nigeria. The No. 25-rated player in the nation and No. 6-rated center attends Hamilton Heights Christian Academy with roughly 70 other students.
Ado led the Hawks (27-3) to a victory over Lighthouse Christian 57-51 on Saturday night. The 6-foot-10, 225-pounder posted a triple-double with 14 points, 17 rebounds and 10 blocked shots.
Ado says he’s known nationally as a shot blocker and doesn’t hesitate on pinpointing where he must improve, which include his free-throw shooting and his jumpsuit.
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