A pair of AAU teammates in the class of 2014 who are a national consensus top 100 players have made the call on what schools they will be attending next year. Expressions Elite’s Jared Terrell (Brewster Academy, NH) and Abdul Malik Abu (Kimball Union, NH) held a press conference at the Reggie Lewis Center in Boston in front of tons of friends and family. Both players have made national names for themselves, spending countless nights in the gym they have now earned the oppurtunity to play at the collegiate level.
The two young prospects came down to four schools, Jared Terrell (OK St, Cincinnati, URI, Providence) and Abdul Malik Abu (NC St, Florida, UCONN and Providence). Both players have been rumored for 2 years that they could end up as a package deal but took a turn in a different direction this day
Jared Terrell as very humbled of a young man you’ll find, announced his decision in a low toned voice that he would be attending Oklahoma St University to play for coach Travis Ford.
“I get to play at the highest level of basketball and they’re allowing me to come right in and play right away,” states Terrell.
“When I went on the visit I got along with the players and coaches really well and I enjoyed their facilities.”
When asked what the best part about attending OK St. and where he goes from here. Jared states, “I’ll be an impact player right away.”
“Now I get to focus on academics more and finish my final year of school on a good note.”
Abdul Malik Abu will also be leaving New England to play in arguably the best league in the country the ACC. Abu announced his decision to attend North Carolina State University.
To show Abu’s high level of character the young man opened up the press conference by paying homage to former Northeastern and Celtics star Reggie Lewis.
“I’d like to thank Reggie Lewis for having such an influence on Boston, said Abu.” If it wasn’t for him who knows if we would be in this building right now.”
The Reggie Lewis center is where Abu and Terrell worked on their craft up until this point.
“When I went on my visit I got a home feel, it’s a basketball school and they treated me like a person and not just a basketball player,” Abu stated about his commitment. “The deciding factor was the opportunity to be great and the coaches have a strong belief in me.”
Abu is looked at to be a culture changer at NC St and also considered Mark Gottfried most important recruit of his tenure at NC State. Terrell is looked at to play major minutes with the possible departure of Marcus Smart.