Moses Abraham decision takes on life of its own

We planned on using this space to deliver you the news of a college decision from Moses Abraham, a 2010 prospect from Progressive Christian Academy in the Washington, D.C. area. Originally, we were told that would happen last night. Then, we were told it would happen tonight. That, as of this writing, has not happened.

Steve Yanda, a writer for The Washington Post, wrote a lengthy story this past Sunday which seemed to indicate Georgetown and Maryland would battle it out for the 6-9 Nigerian. Yanda, too, was under the impression that a decision would be made Sunday. Our source, however, indicated a two-team race between the Hoyas and Indiana.

The decision has morphed into Indiana’s biggest recruiting storyline in quite a while if traffic to this Web site is any indication. Today, Monday, March 15, 2010 will go down as our most successful yet in terms of eyeballs, if you can believe that.

Bigger than the day Kelvin Sampson was let go. Bigger than the day Tom Crean was hired. All of this, for a kid that may or may not be a program changer for IU or the other programs hoping to sign him this spring. While we certainly love the story from that aspect, it might be best, for now, to step back and gain some perspective.

If you follow recruiting as closely as we do, you know that every situation is different. It’s far from a perfect science. Kids struggle to come to a decision. They often change their minds. Such is the tune, it seems, with Moses Abraham.

We will, of course, continue to report on this story until its reaches a conclusion. When that happens, however, is anybody’s guess.

  • captcarl

    Great advice. Let's all step back as regardless of which school he chooses, until he signs, he can change his mind. He certainly seems like he would be a nice addition but we aren't talking about an Elgin Baylor, or a Shaq (for you younger folks). This is IU and we should be proud of our program regardless of where he goes. Good luck with your decision Moses.

  • HoosierFromCt

    Moses, whatever your decision, good luck (unless you go to Purdue).

  • Indiana Red

    I'd love to sign Cush, but we're going up against Bob Sugar here, and who knows—the next guy we recruit could turn out to be Tidwell. I'm not trying to type a manifesto here, or shoplift the pootie, but since handshakes aren't always as strong as oak, let's let Jerry work his magic here. You have to believe……because if your heart is empty, your head doesn't matter.

    I've got Cush-lash already.

  • HoosierChan77

    I have yet to weigh in on this…and until the smoke clears all I have to say is WOW!

  • I Bleed Crimson

    Anyway we can show some of the same enthusiasm and passion for some of the Indiana High School recruits? If we court them as much as we are courting this guy (fan base and coaches) I guarantee we will land some of the states top prospects.

  • marcusgresham

    or Kentucky

  • tberry

    Com-on! Just another kid that can't get over himself. He loves the trail of fans and schools pursuing him and he is going to stretch it as long as he is getting “the love”!!!

    This is the same thing EVERY “star” does. How many time do you have to see it to recognize it?

  • hoostheman

    Perhaps I'm naive but I don't really see it like that. Here you have an 18 year old kid from a different country trying to decide where to spend the next 4 years of his life. This is a big decision. Would it be best to know definitively where you're going before announcing a commitment date? Sure it would. But I still see this as more of a lapse in judgment/logistics than a calculated move to get in the spotlight.

  • Kelin Blab

    Here is a good story and recruit IU can feel good about…..we love victor O

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ig47qCGLuh8

  • Indiana Red

    Pause at 1:39, then smile.

  • http://www.insidethehall.com Alex

    I don't think how this is being handled has anything to do with the kid himself wanting attention.

  • tberry

    I guess it depends on how many times you have witnessed this thing in the past. In the last few years I can't remember one really good player that IU has been after that hasn't done exactly the same act and each year it seems to get worse. I think anybody that thinks that these kids don't know how good they are and play the pursuit for all it is worth are deluded. Go back and look at ALL the really good players IU has been after for the last few years or is still wishing about and you will see the same crap happen over and over. it is kind of like a sport ebay. The longer a demand player holds out the better offer the kid can get from several school competing for their service.

  • tberry

    I guess it depends on how many times you have witnessed this thing in the past. In the last few years I can't remember one really good player that IU has been after that hasn't done exactly the same act and each year it seems to get worse. I think anybody that thinks that these kids don't know how good they are and play the pursuit for all it is worth are deluded. Go back and look at ALL the really good players IU has been after for the last few years or is still wishing about and you will see the same crap happen over and over. it is kind of like a sport ebay. The longer a demand player holds out the better offer the kid can get from several school competing for their service.

  • Kelin Blab

    tberry…..I don't think also Moses is 'that' type of kid. He is literally weighing his options and I commend him for doing that. I don't think the kid has been in the U.S. very long, he has some talent that schools are after and he is looking two schools that offer vastly different things.

    Do you want immediate P/T, a coach that wants to put an emphasis on your offensive game or do you want to be groomed into another GT great big man with an already established team?

    I cannot compare Moses to an EJ, Ebanks, Selby or any other IU recruits because this kid has not been in this country very long as far as I know, and has not been seeking the spotlight. Unlike KI, who seems to be a good kid, Moses is not on twitter discussing this nor in front of the camera's….

  • runelord

    very nice

  • runelord

    I have never seem someone spout so much negativity. Not only on this website but on Hutchen's blog as well. It sounds as if some self meditation in a dark room might be the cure for your ills and then you might actually have a few moments of clarity or happiness before the bitterness comes again.

  • tmeaster

    as far as pure athletes go…will VO be the best in the Big Ten next year?

  • Hoosier76

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gx-jIqNpZhM

    a couple of the same dunks but a few new ones. if athleticism is something the hoosiers lack, help is on the way

  • tberry

    I spout reality, while most on the boards go for hype and completely clueless and are sold on the purity of big time players.

    Everybody is going to be IU's savior and they are all just sweet kids and don't even care what adoration they get. NOT!!!

  • kesims

    as others have pointed out, the kid has only been in the states a few months…hes not some spoiled american who coaches have been drooling over since he was a freshman in high school…whats wrong with taking his time? i just feel sorry for you and anyone who encounters you on a daily basis….

  • HoosierFromCT
  • dabig

    Well, Peegs is saying that he postponed his decision because of IU's interest. That's all I know about it.

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