Aboya Remains at Three

<b>Alfred Aboya</b>, the 6-7, 240-pound post player, was once committed to Georgetown. Now, the Hoyas are on a short list of schools vying for the Cameroonian, which includes UCLA...

Alfred Aboya, a member of our post-summer Top 100, looked tired at times in the summer. He would look good early, but seemingly fade late in some games. Well, looking back on the situation, there was a reason for his fatigue.

According to Tilton School head coach Scott Willard, Aboya had surgery on his knee and wasn't completely rehabbed. "He had knee surgery, it was just on overuse. In the Cameroon he only played a few times a week. He's taken a pounding and he's just put on so much muscle.

"[The AAU team] had a short bench and he put in some pretty tough minutes. He's just getting his legs under him he said."

Aboya, despite the injury, made some strides with his game on the offensive end. He's one of those guys who goes as hard as he can for as long as he can and when you might in some different skills inside, you can tell he's coachable, willing to learn and has improved.

Colleges took notice during July and now he's down to three schools: Georgetown, UCLA and Virginia. However, the big question remains: after a coaching change, can Georgetown get him back?

"That's the same question that Coach Thompson has asked and my response has been the same: get to know him," Willard said. "Al's looking for a real family atmosphere. He just wants a chance to get to know the guys. For Georgetown, that's all they really need to worry about because he's already sold on the college and education. He also wants to be convinced that the style of play will fit him."

Meanwhile, Virginia remains in the picture and UCLA was allowed in because of their diligence over the summer.

"California's got the weather going for them. UCLA came into the mix this summer. They were the only school that got to Al and made a relationship and an impression. When Al came back [from Cameroon], UCLA was the only school that Al said he was interested in visiting and Al wanted to put them in."

The Bruins have some ground to make up on UVa and the Hoyas. "Obviously Georgetown and Virginia are the frontrunners because they've been recruiting him for a year now. They were at every game, they've been real aggressive and he's obviously a priority."

In other Tilton news, Willard says that Liam Potter, a seven-footer from England, recently arrived on campus. Mid-major programs are keeping tabs on him. Willard says he runs the floor and will be a nice compliment to Aboya. In any case, size like that is worth checking up on.

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