Future150 Midwest Analyst. Covering Midwest high school basketball.
Lowell, MA (Future150) -- If Kaleb Joseph was the breakout guard this past season than Abdul Malik-Abu would have to be the breakout candidate for forwards in the North East. Heading into this past spring, few people knew who Abdul Malik-Abu was outside of New England; now that has changed.
A 6-foot-8 combo forward who possesses freakish athleticism, Abu has even started to draw comparisons to former Brewster Academy great Thomas Robinson. He is a beast in the paint and uses his size to muscle would-be defenders and score on the block. What makes Malik-Abu even scarier is that he can step out and take his man off the dribble or knock down the jumper.
When asked what has caused this breakout season he replied “ I think I’ve been playing really well. I have to give all the credit to my teammates. They get me the ball when I need it and entrust me with the responsibilities, so it’s been great.” Abdul stars on an Expressions program that also boasts the likes of Jared Terrell and Alec Brennan, two highly regarded players in their own right. Both Terrell and Malik-Abu have said that they are looking to play together in college as well.
Right now Malik-Abu currently holds offers from Michigan State, Iowa State, Providence, URI, and Temple. Schools such as Pittsburgh, Seton Hall, Notre Dame and UConn are also strong interest as well. He says he is looking for a group of guys that want to win as bad as he does and a defensive minded program. “I just want to win” he said.
Malik-Abu and Expressions will be traveling around the country this month and he will surely draw a ton of more interest as the live periods drag on. Whoever can land this talented big man will get a relentless worker and someone who will greatly bolster the program. While it is still up in the air where he will play his high school ball next year don’t be surprised if he lands at one of the major programs in New England or potentially New Hampton, where Terrell and top 10 prospect Noah Vonleh star along 2015 stud Jeremy Miller. Wherever he plays he will continue to turn heads.