The hardest part about coaching Moses Abraham? Keeping him hydrated.
“He just doesn’t stop running,” Joe Boncore, Abraham’s guardian, told Inside the Hall on Monday night. Abraham, a 6-foot-9 forward from Progressive Christian in Temple Hills, Md., picked up an offer from Indiana last week, personally delivered by Tom Crean.
The Hoosiers joined an impressive list of suitors for the young man, who also has offers from, among others, Georgetown, Tennessee, Texas, UCLA, Connecticut and Kansas State.
Thus far, Boncore said, Abraham has made his greatest impact on the defensive end of the floor using a 7-foot-3 wingspan to block shots and rebound.
“Moses is a big eraser,” Boncore said. “He plays above the rim.”
Abraham, a Nigerian native who was studying to become a priest before he decided to focus on basketball full-time, possesses a high level of athleticism Boncore said Indiana could use on its front line.
But most of the talk surrounding Abraham focuses on his defensive ability, a big reason why Crean’s approach got Abraham’s attention.
“He was talking about Moses on the offensive end too,” Boncore said. “Coach Crean likes the way he always wants the ball.”
Abraham is working on his offensive game with a former trainer of Kevin Durant, also a D.C.-area product. While Boncore said Abraham would never be expected to score quite so prolifically as the former Texas All-American, he said Moses’ potential and work ethic create a high ceiling for the forward to reach.
Throughout the season, Inside the Hall will keep you posted on how 2010 signees Victor Oladipo and Will Sheehey and 2011 commitments Austin Etherington and Matt Carlino, as well as other notable prospects being recruited by Indiana, are performing at their respective schools. (Note: This is not intended to be a complete list of players Indiana is recruiting. Only players with published stats are listed.)
+ Victor Oladipo – DeMatha (MD): Six points in a 84-72 win over Paul VI Catholic on February 16. Eight points in a 71-61 win over McNamara on February 17. Five points in a 62-53 win over O’Connell on February 19.
+ Will Sheehey – Sagemont (FL): Nine points and five assists in 67-39 win over Christian on February 18.
+ Austin Etherington – Hamilton Heights (IN): The Huskies beat Northwestern, 60-56, on February 17, but no individual stats were reported. No individual stats were available for a 52-49 loss to Maconaquah on February 19. Through 16 games, Etherington was averaging 22.9 ppg.
+ Matt Carlino – Bloomington South (IN): 15 points in a 75-59 win over Perry Meridian on February 19 and four points in a 70-51 win over Evansville Harrison on February 20. Bloomington South’s win streak sits at 45, tied for second best all-time in Indiana.
What a name. We’re working on trying to confirm this, but seeing as it’s dinner time on Friday night, that’s proving rather difficult.
Some vitals: Rivals has Abraham, who coach Tom Crean reportedly offered last night, listed at 6-foot-9, 237 pounds, with offers from Georgetown, Florida, Tennessee, Texas, UCLA and UConn, among many others. Rivals’ player page suggests Georgetown is leading for Abraham right now, something we’re also working to confirm.
Again, we’ll get back with you as soon as we know more.
Update: Here’s a YouTube video (thanks to B-Town IU Alumn for pointing this out) with some Abraham clips. He’s wearing No. 12 in the black.
Well, actually, we’re still trying to get ourselves acquainted with the 6-7, 210-pound power forward from the Florida Air Academy. I assigned Zach the task of trying to get in touch with Yeguete’s coach, Aubin Goporo. (Well, not really, I just asked him to do it and he happily obliged.) However, those attempts have been unsuccessful.
So what have we learned about Yeguete? Not nearly enough, but here’s what we do know: He’s 18 and is in his second season at the Florida Air Academy after arriving from France. According to this story, penned last month by Mike Cherry of Florida Today, Yeguete spent several years living on the Ivory Coast.
Yeguete does have a scholarship offer from Indiana, but it’s unclear as to what other schools have offered. The story we referenced earlier by Cherry mentioned the following schools: Sam Houston State, St. John’s, Oklahoma, Marquette, Drake, Nevada, Purdue, Rhode Island and George Washington. (Rivals claims IU, Sam Houston State, Southern Illinois and St. John’s have offered while Scout claims Drake, Southern Illinois, St. John’s and Rhode Island have offered.)
Here are a few stat lines from recent games for Yeguete, who is unranked by Rivals.com and a three-star prospect on Scout.com:
+ Nine points in a 65-29 win over Satellite on February 6.
+ 21 points in a 63-62 win over Pine Crest (No. 1 Rivals.com player Brandon Knight’s team) on February 2.
+ 20 points in a 60-53 loss to the Rock School on January 29.
But beyond the points, Yeguete is best known for his rebounding prowess. As of mid-January, he was reportedly averaging upwards of 15 rebounds per game. Dave Telep, the national director of recruiting for Scout.com, had Yeguete with 50 rebounds in three games in last September’s Nike Team Florida Fall Workout.
That, my friends, is what we know about Will Yeguete. We will continue to attempt to make contact with his coach and get more information, but since he’s looking like a potential addition to the 2010 class, this update, albeit brief, felt warranted. Happy Friday.
Marquis Teague, the point guard from Indianapolis Pike who is rated among the top players nationally in the 2011 class, will make a decision on where he’ll attend college shortly after his high school season concludes.
“He’s going to make a decision probably right at the conclusion of his high school season. Or somewhere in between there and June,” Shawn Teague, Marquis’ father, told Inside the Hall on Tuesday night. “I wanted him to take his time and he’s pretty much at that point where he’s confident in sitting down and really talking about making the decision.”
Teague, who is considering a list of schools that includes Indiana, Louisville, Kentucky, Wake Forest, Cincinnati, Ohio State and Purdue, isn’t as concerned with the Hoosiers on the court results as he is with the direction of the program, according to his father.
“We can see the direction that they’re heading,” he said. “It’s a great situation from that standpoint. Wins and losses, at this stage of the game, that’s not a big concern for us. We know and feel pretty comfortable and confident in terms of the direction and what role that he should be able to play in that process. Indiana is Indiana. And the program speaks for itself.”
(Editor’s Note: Video from Crean’s press conference discussing Michigan State is available after the jump.)
It’s not often that a coach is asked about recruiting the day prior to a game against a top 15 team, but that was the case earlier today when Tom Crean met with the media at Assembly Hall.
Terry Hutchens, the IU beat writer for the Indianapolis Star, asked the following question:
“In these next two classes, there’s lots of guards that have been committed, is there a need to really target some big men?”
And here, for those of you longing for a big man, was Crean’s answer:
“I think we are. Again, going back to trying to do this program, we had to get a team on the court. We had to fill scholarships. We didn’t apply for a year off. We didn’t apply for a sabbatical. So we had to get a team to be on the court which we had to use scholarships to do.”
“We get the class, we answer a lot of needs, we try to cover every position, knowing that we need to get size in that last class. This class, with the couple that we had, we knew we needed to improve the wing position.”