Moses' decision nears

One of America's premier unsigned big men will choose a college in the next 48 hours, and Tennessee has a one-in-six chance of being the pick.

Moses Abraham, a high-upside 6-foot-9, 237-pounder from Progressive Christian Academy in Temple Hills, Md., will announce a commitment by Monday evening from among UT, Indiana, Georgetown, UCLA, Seton Hall and Maryland.

Originally from Nigeria, Abraham averaged 17 points, 15 rebounds and 8 blocks per game this season, according to Joe Boncore, his guardian and trainer.

Abraham made an official visit to Tennessee and saw the Vols knock off No. 2 Kentucky 74-65 on Feb. 27. He paid a visit to Maryland and saw the Terps upset No. 4 Duke 79-72 on March 3. He also visited Georgetown. He was scheduled to visit Indiana but a bout with the flu stopped him. He did not visit UCLA or Seton Hall, either.

The young man reportedly enjoyed his trip to Knoxville thoroughly.

"Tennessee was great," Boncore said. "It couldn't have gone better. The hospitality and people were great. They really made him feel at home. It's a really, really good situation. Whether he signs with Tennessee or not, the folks there did a great job during his visit."

That doesn't mean the Vols are leading for Abraham's services, however.

"Everyone's basically even," Boncore said Saturday night. "He, his family and I are getting together tomorrow to make the decision."

Tennessee is hoping the decision will go its way, since the Vols need another big man. Wayne Chism is a senior and fellow starter Brian Williams is a junior. Emmanuel Negedu, another Nigerian import, is only a sophomore but appears doubtful to play again due to a heart condition. That leaves the Big Orange with just one post player who projects to be around beyond the 2010-11 season - freshman Kenny Hall.

Rated a 3-star prospect by, Abraham has considerable potential, much of it still to be tapped.

"How good he becomes is up to him," Boncore said. "He's the hardest-working kid I know. If he's not satisfied with his game he'll get where he wants to go."

The guardian said Abraham's best game this season was a triple-double outing against National Christian in which he recorded "18 points, about 20 rebounds and 13 blocks."

The young prospect has the frame to add weight as he continues to mature.

"He doesn't have any body fat," Boncore said. "He's built a lot like (former Boston Celtic standout and NBA Hall of Famer) Bill Russell."

He plays like Bill Russell, too, specializing in defense.

"Defensively, he's there," Boncore said. "That's why he can go wherever he wants to go. You can't teach what he does on defense.

"He needs to work on his offensive game, but he's only been playing a couple of years, so he'll get there."'s Dave Telep says there's considerable buzz about Moses within the college hoops community.

"Though I haven't seen him in person, the feedback gathered from college coaches indicates that Moses is an athletic kid with size and upside," Telep said. "There are certainly some edges that need polishing but he was consistently talked about as one of the better spring big-man options."

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