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Abu, Terrell narrow there list to four

Expressions Elite teammates have cut their list of schools to four.

Abdul Malik Abu Kimball Union Academy (NH) one of the best Power forwards in the country has cut his list to four schools, Providence, UConn, Florida, and N.C. State.  

Taken off the list were St. John’s, UCLA, Iowa State, Miami, Kentucky and Kansas State.

Abu states “I want to attend a school that is the best fit, as well as the best place that will develop me as a player and a young man”

“I called all the schools that did not make my final list and told them I really appreciate there effort and thank them for recruiting me” says Abu

Jared Terrell of Brewster Academy (NH), one of the top combo guards in the country has cut his list to four schools as well, Providence, Cincinnati, Oklahoma State, and URI.

Taken off the list were, Florida, UConn, UCLA, Miami, St. John’s and Xavier.

Terrell states “This is one of the biggest decisions of my life, I plan to make the right choice, so I’m able to continue my career after college”

“Informing the schools that did’t make the list was hard, I have built relationships with them.  But I wanted to inform them out of respect” says Terrell.

The two have one school in common, Providence. Ed Cooley PC head coach has been recruiting the duo for the past two years.  They have gone on record stating that they would like to attend school together, but would do whats best for themselves.  Both have spoke about committing on the same day at a press conference, no date has been set as of yet.  Both will visit Providence College August 10, 2013, before the elite camp

In there own words:

Jared Terrell 

Providence: Have a good relationship with the staff, their style of play fits what I like to do.

Cincinnati: Great relationship with coach Savino, I like how they developed Sean Kilpatrick

Oklahoma State: I like the system and how they were able to develop Marcus Smart, staff is great

URI: Great fit overall, I would be the focal point and their players get better. Staff is great.

 

Abdul Malik Abu 

Providence: I will play right away, close to home and my family would be able to see me play, great staff

Florida: Their bigs get better, great coaching staff who are proven that they can develop bigs.

N.C. State: Best league in the country, I will play right away, their system fits my style of play, great staff.

UCONN: Great history of producing pros, I will play right away, close to home, great staff


Alex

Alex Oriakhi 2.0

 

Oriakhi, a 6’9″ post player, played at the Tilton School in Tilton, New Hampshire. As a senior, Alex was named a McDonald’s All-American, a Parade All-American and the Gatorade player of the year for New Hampshire.

Following his high school career, Oriakhi chose the University of Connecticut to play for Hall of Fame coach Jim Calhoun. Alex started most of his freshman season, averaging 5.0 points and 6.6 rebounds per game.  At the close of the season, he was named to the Big East Conference all-rookie team.

As a sophomore, Oriakhi raised his game to average 9.9 points, 8.7 rebounds (second in the Big East) and 1.6 blocks per game (7th in the Big East). Oriahki was the main post presence for the Huskies when they won the 2011 Big East Tournament and the 2011 NCAA Men’s Tournament. As a junior, Oriakhi saw his minutes decrease with the addition of highly recruited freshman Andre Drummond.  Oriakhi’s production dropped as well, as he averaged 6.7 points and 4.8 rebounds per game.

After the season, Oriakhi announced his intentions to transfer to another school, citing the Huskies’ 2013 ban on postseason play.  He will be eligible to play for his new school during the 2012–13 season.  Ultimately Oriakhi transferred to Missouri where he would team up with AAU teammate Phil Pressey , seems like things have paid off, Oriakhi has made  great improvements with his body as well as his workout with Pro/Elite skills trainer KP.

Look for Alex to play a major role, as Missouri looks to make another run towards the NCAA tournament.

 

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Calhoun Says Farewell

In the midst of the Big East announcing the departure of Notre Dame from its conference, another announcement was set to be made that would not only shake up the conference, but shock the basketball community at all levels.

After 40 seasons as a head coach, Jim Calhoun is ready to retire according to multiple reports. A press conference is scheduled for later today at 2 p.m. where an official announcement of retirement is expected from the Hall of Fame coach.

Calhoun, a native of Braintree, Mass., has been battling health issues the past couple years, to go along with academic troubles , that will ban the UCONN Huskies from appearing in any post season play this year.

The Huskies suffered a major blow when sophomore guard, Jeremy Lamb and Andre Drummond declared for the 2012 NBA Draft to go along with the departure, Alex Oriakhi who was expected to provide senior leadership, sophomore, Roscoe Smith and freshman center, Michael Bradley also decided to transfer.

Calhoun, a three time cancer survivor, whose health conditions may have taken him away from the game, temporarily, always made his way back to the sidelines. These actions lead me to believe that Calhoun would never leave the coaching ranks unless he was dragged out kicking and screaming. This type of passion for the game helped Calhoun collect 873, 7 Big East tournament titles, 9 Big East Regular Season titles, and 3 National Titles.

Although, it’ll be tough to fill the void and shoes of Jim Calhoun, UCONN is ready to announce Kevin Ollie as the next Head Coach of the Huskies. Ollie has made a name on the recruiting front as one of the top recruiters on the rise. Class of 2013 power forward, Kentan Facey and guard, Terrance Samuel recently gave UCONN verbal commitments. The hiring of Ollie may persuade the two, top 100 prospects to stay committed to UCONN. But in reality, every kid who commits to play for UCONN wants to play for Calhoun, so it will be tough to convince kids to not transfer, and to not pull out of their commitment.

If Ollie is hired as the next coach of the UCONN Huskies, who he has on his coaching staff will be critical to the program moving forward. UCONN currently has 3 former head coaches as assistants on staff; hiring one of them could be a possibility also.

I can’t picture Calhoun just retiring and being away from the game forever. I expect him to be upbeat and involved with basketball in some shape of form.

Junior, Shabazz Napier and sophomore, Ryan Boatright are expected to take on the leadership roles for UCONN. Look for freshman, Omar Calhoun and sophomore forward, Deandre Daniels to have a major impact this upcoming season.

 

 

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Alex Uconn hoop dreams

Alex Oriakhi Mr. Title Town

Alex Oriakhi is a New England product, and proud of it, before Alex became a member of the 2011 National championship UConn Huskies.  Alex was the 2009 Gatorade Player of the Year in New Hampshire, while at the Tilton School and a McDonald’s All-American as well as a Jordan Brand All-American team member.  Not to mention a 2009 National prep school championship, a 2006 16u AAU national championship with BABC to add to his resume, so it s safe to say like his home resident of Mass, Alex can be called Mr. Title Town.

We caught up with Alex during his preseason condition to see how things where going and how he prepared for this upcoming season.

Hey Alex how are things going this year?

“Things are going great working hard and grinding everyday, wishing I could move my bed inside the Gamble pavilion so I could keep working non-stop lol.”

When does the offseason start for you, what did you work on the most this preseason?

“Preseason started two weeks after we won the championship, no time for rest, now that we won people are going to be coming at us, so we have to work 10x harder.” 

What made you commit to UConn, as just a sophomore in high school?

“The location played a big part because it’s only an hour and half away from Mass so my family would able to come to all my games.  And the amount of NBA Pros the produced played a huge part as well.

 How are you dealing with the departure of your good friend Jamal Coombs, I know you guys have been best friends since the high school days?

“It’s a little bit weired we been playing together since age 14, but he made the right choice for his future and I wish him the best of luck, But we still speak on the phone every other day.” 

 What was the biggest adjustment you had to make coming into college from such as competitive league such as the NEPSAC?

 

“The speed of the game and the competion, every one is just as good or better then you, so you have to be ready for the challenge.  What you did in high school doesn’t matter once you get to college, because everyone works just as hard as you if not harder.”

How is Calhoun as a coach, is he just like the outside assumes hard nose, take no prisoners type of coach?

“He pushes you to a level that you wouldn’t believe you could reach; if I go for a rebound and 3 people are boxing me out he is expecting me to get that rebound.   So yes he is hard nosed and well respected, he has taught me allot.”

How excited are you about adding Andre Drummond to your already big time frontcourt?

“Real excited, we’re already a great team but to ad Dre was a bonus, he helps us in so many different ways.”

Who is your all time favorite point guard to play with and why?

“Phil Presley from Missouri (sorry Kemba) He gave me the ball in scoring position every time, he is one of my best friends we had a strong bond on and off the court.”

 MY PRO COMPARISON – Al Horford

FAVORITE TV SHOW – The Wayne’s bros

GAME DAY MUSIC – Lil Wayne, Ace Hood, Cassidy

THREE PEOPLE I’D LIKE TO MEET- I would say Obama but I meet him al ready, Laura London, Michael Jordan

MY PHONE – Iphone 4

MY FAVORITE MOVIE – Shottas

FAVORITE NBA TEAM – Boston Celtics

FAVORITE ATHLETE – Amare Stoudemire

FAVORITE VIDEO GAME – FIFA Soccer

Finish the sentence: You would never know but i know how to

Dance!

Thanks for having me Hoop Dreams good look to the next generation ! stay Hungry

– Alex O.