Top-50 basketball recruit Abu chooses N.C. State

News ServicesSeptember 7, 2013 

N.C. State added another top 50 recruit to its 2014 basketball recruiting class Saturday. Forward Abdul-Malik Abu chose the Wolfpack over Florida and Providence at a news conference in Boston.

ESPN ranks Abu, who’s 6-foot-8 and 230 pounds, as the No. 44 prospect in the 2014 class. He joins small forward Caleb Martin, ranked No. 50, in the class for coach Mark Gottfried.

The Wolfpack added three freshmen big men in the most recent class, BeeJay Anya, Kyle Washington and Lennard Freeman, but it will lose senior forward Jordan Vandenberg. It’s anticipated that sophomore forward T.J. Warren will leave early to go to the NBA.

Abu, who plays at Kimball Union Academy in New Hampshire, has elite athletic ability, said ESPN recruiting analyst Adam Finkelstein.

“He has a similar skill set to C.J. Leslie but he is the antithesis of Leslie in terms of work ethic and motor,” Finkelstein said.

Abu played well in the summer, especially at the Nike Big Man Academy, Finkelstein said and he anticipates Abu will move up the rankings.

Gottfried has infused the program with talent. The third-year coach has signed eight top 100 recruits in three recruiting classes. Joe Giglio


North Carolina 3, Cincinnati 0: The Tar Heels (6-0) finished off a 3-0 weekend with a 25-14, 25-14, 25-17 sweep to claim the Bobcat Invitational in Athens, Ohio.

In her first start for UNC, redshirt freshman Hayley McCorkle posted seven kills and a block, and Leigh Andrew added eight kills, five digs and a block in a match won with contributions from 16 different Tar Heels.

Duke 3, Ball State 0: The Blue Devils utilized 18 blocks to pick up its fourth victory of the season Saturday afternoon at the Diet Coke Classic during a 25-23, 25-17, 25-22 win at the University of Minnesota’s Sports Pavilion in Minneapolis.

Freshman Jordan Tucker and senior Chelsea Cook led the way with five and four blocks, respectively. The Duke (4-1) duo also combined for 17 kills and a .342 hitting percentage. Sophomore Emily Sklar reached double-digit kills for the third time this season, leading all players with 13, while junior Jeme Obeime chipped in with eight kills and three blocks.

Alex Fuelling totaled 11 of the Cardinals’ 28 kills and Catie Fredrich added 12 digs to lead Ball State.

Campbell 3, Georgetown 2: The Camels overcame a two-set deficit and fought off a pair of match points to defeat Georgetown 21-25, 21-25, 25-19, 28-26, 15-10) to win the Hampton Inn of Holly Springs Invitational in Buies Creek.

Campbell (5-2) improved to 4-0 in five-set matches, including a five-setter Friday night against Indiana State, and won its third-straight outing.

Tournament MVP Heather Wilson registered a career-best 50 assists and 15 digs and was joined on the all-tournament team by sophomore outside Alexis Hein who added her fourth double-double with a match-high 16 kills and 19 digs.

Junior outside hitter Jessica Groen added 15 kills, sophomore middle blocker Lorin Thomas, of Raleigh, had 13 kills and six block assists, while senior middle blocker Lindsey Coats chipped in 12 kills for the Camels.

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North Carolina 7, Michigan 2: Seven different players scored for the Tar Heels during their win in the ACC-Big Ten Challenge at Iowa City, Iowa.

Michigan scored first, but the lead lasted 11 minutes before UNC senior Rachel Magerman scored on an assist from junior Loren Shealy to knot the game at 1-all. Junior Charlotte Craddock, who saw her first action of the season Saturday after missing the first two games with an injury, scored in the 29th minute, on an assist from sophomore Nina Notman.

Sophomore Emma Bozek scored in the 31st minute, assisted by Shealy, to put the game at 3-1. In the 33rd minute, freshman Kristy Bernatchez stole the ball on a press, drove in and shot from the top of the circle to put UNC up 4-1 at halftime.

Carolina opened the second-half scoring with a penalty corner goal in the 39th minute. Notman scored, assisted by Janne Grove and sophomore Emily Wold. Michigan’s second goal of the game came on a penalty stroke by Leslie Smith in the 53rd minute. The Tar Heels then took a penalty stroke of their own, with senior Marta Malmberg nailing putting the Tar Heels up 6-2.

In the 66th minute of play, freshman Lauren Moyer scored to set the final score at 7-2.

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