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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.

By Steve Yanda  |  March 18, 2010; 6:37 PM ET
Categories:  Men's basketball  
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Comments

Yanda -

Did the Terps ever offer this young man a scholarship? Please confirm one way or another.

Regards -

-hgr

Posted by: HughGRection | March 18, 2010 7:47 PM | Report abuse

I know you don't dip into the recruiting game all that much, but man you really gotta stop hanging on the every word of Boncore.

Dude is a hype man, that's it. Abraham has never been a serious option for Maryland due to an interesting academic situation coming from Africa. It's also the same reason for the hold up in his commit since IU may not accept his verbal.

Bottom line is that Maryland never offered the kid. Rob talks to a lot of people and scouts a lot of prospects, that's why he's an up and comer in the industry, but there's a reason the kid never got any interest from Gary and it's not an indictment of MD recruiting.

Posted by: JTerp | March 18, 2010 7:53 PM | Report abuse

The following teams have offered a scholarship to Moses Abraham:

Indiana
Arizona State
Florida
Georgetown
Maryland
Miami
Rutgers
Tennessee

Posted by: Ronnie5 | March 18, 2010 8:23 PM | Report abuse

Mr Yanda,

Why do you keep advertising for a restaurant, whose owner you have named, that has been convicted of molesting a minor? You really are using this owner of Mama Lucia as a good reference for Mr Bonsore? Really?

Posted by: Wondering10 | March 18, 2010 8:43 PM | Report abuse

SY did Maryland offer this guy, yes or no. That's the feedback you're getting but you AND PRISBELL are chuckleheads who can't face the truth? FREDTERP

Posted by: FREDTERP44 | March 18, 2010 9:25 PM | Report abuse

We have 3 Seniors listed, Gary talks about 4. We have offered 5 scholarships for next year. So someone please help me out with the math here, I guess Burney is gone?

How can we offer someone else. Also, I know I'm not on the recruiting boards and don't really pay attention until around now, but based on his story we haven't been on this guy for very long, so how is this such a story all of a sudden?

Posted by: bmdugan | March 18, 2010 10:49 PM | Report abuse

YANDA just writes articles to get MD fans excited or pissed. Just filling in lines,no sources at all. I have more sources than him, and I don't hava one!
Lets not EVER forget the 3 part segment where he tryed to get GW'S job,(apparently)
He's a complete IDIOT!!!

Posted by: curtsterps | March 19, 2010 2:21 AM | Report abuse

bmdugan -

At least one of the walk-ons has a year to year schlarship (Pearman) which can be taken away if needed which adds some flexibility. I think the idea with that was to prevent one-person recruiting classes (like dave Neal) as opposed to getting 6 new players at once.

Regards -

-hgr

Posted by: HughGRection | March 19, 2010 7:23 AM | Report abuse

go cover the georgetown beat yanda, there will be plenty of time for recruiting there. next thing you know maryland will be playing in the sweet 16 and you will be questioning why gary missed a recruiting round table at mama lucia between jt3 and crean and abraham next weekend. maryland never offered the kid so stop talking about him on this blog and post on georgetowns

Posted by: billy12 | March 19, 2010 7:24 AM | Report abuse

Until last week I had never heard of Moses Abraham.....and after next week I'm thinking I won't hear of him again.

Let JT3 have him. Recruiting means nothing if you can't coach.

Posted by: fushezzi | March 19, 2010 7:41 AM | Report abuse

bmdugan, by the looks of the grad. rate of the u. of maryland bb program, of 8%, i doubt anyone there can do any math. Keep up the good work Gary.

Posted by: kevhugh | March 19, 2010 1:15 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Yanda,

I am not trying to accuse you of not doing your job right, but the things you wrote about Maryland recruiting in this article seem to come from a single source, whom is the handler for Moses. Can you please independently confirm that A) MD offered Moses and B) That Gary really promised to talk with him and then never showed up.

It seems unfair to write about those things with out capturing the Terps side.

Thanks.

Posted by: lavar609 | March 19, 2010 1:37 PM | Report abuse

We have 3 Seniors listed, Gary talks about 4. We have offered 5 scholarships for next year. So someone please help me out with the math here, I guess Burney is gone?
How can we offer someone else. Also, I know I'm not on the recruiting boards and don't really pay attention until around now, but based on his story we haven't been on this guy for very long, so how is this such a story all of a sudden?

Posted by: bmdugan

Burney has been around for 4 years, but I think he was redshirted. Plus the guy from Korea (I'm not sure what name he was going by) frees up another spot.

Posted by: Sonny9 | March 19, 2010 2:43 PM | Report abuse

@kevhugh - Did you actually do any research into any of this? All 4 seniors are graduating this year and the last 11/12 have graduated. The stats mentioned in that article go back to 1999 through about 2003, which would account for Steve Francis, Terrence Morris, Keith Booth, Steve Blake, Drew Nicolas, Juan Dixon, Chris Wilcox... need I go on? All of them moved on to lucrative professional basketball careers. How is their choice to leave and not grad a reflection on Gary or the program? And how is it so bad, that they are now employed and making money when the unemployment rate it at about 10%? Do you research before you knock a great program, great coach and most importantly a great university.

Posted by: misspamelatorro | March 21, 2010 5:19 PM | Report abuse

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