Update on Moses Abraham
I've gotten a lot of feedback on Sunday's story on Maryland recruit Moses Abraham, so I thought I would provide an update for all those who are interested. For a couple of reasons, Abraham decided not to make his decision on Sunday, the primary one being that Indiana Coach Tom Crean made a big late push while in town to watch Hoosiers recruit Victor Oladipo and DeMatha in the City Title Game.
Crean spoke with Joseph Boncore, who has looked after Abraham since the player arrived in the United States in November, on Sunday. Crean and two assistants had dinner with Boncore at Mama Lucia's later Sunday night. Boncore said coaches from UCLA called him Sunday night to inquire about Abraham's situation. Abraham spent Sunday evening at Georgetown's Selection Sunday event, according to Boncore.
Another factor contributing to Abraham putting off his decision was the delayed arrival of Ejike Ugboaja, a Nigerian native who was a second-round draft selection in 2006 by the Cleveland Cavaliers. Ugboaja runs basketball camps in Nigeria and discovered Abraham at one of those camps. He was the one who arranged for Abraham to come over to the United States and stay under Boncore's care.
Ugboaja remains an influential figure in Abraham's life, and Abraham wanted the chance to discuss with Ugboaja all of his options before making a final choice. Ugboaja was supposed to arrive Sunday, but his flight was delayed until Monday afternoon.
Indiana continued its push into the early part of this week. On Tuesday -- the first day of a contact period for coaches under NCAA recruiting guidelines -- Crean met with Abraham and implored him to take a visit to the Hoosiers' Bloomington campus before making a decision. Abraham decided to accept the invitation and visit Indiana. According to Boncore, that visit will take place Tuesday, March 23. So a decision could come in the latter part of next week.
As for Maryland, Boncore said he spoke to Terrapins coaches multiple times on Sunday, but has had no contact with them since then. At this point it would appear that Indiana and Georgetown are the two programs primarily in contention for Abraham's services.
March 18, 2010; 6:37 PM ET
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