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Abdul-Malik Abu: The People's Champ

07/01/2013, 8:15am CDT
By Owen Kinsky, D1 Circuit

Expressions Elite power forward edges out BABC star Colson


Abdul-Malik Abu

The fans have spoken, and they spoke in favor of Boston.

In a close race in the D1 Circuit Most Valuable Player fan vote, Expressions Elite – Boston – forward Abdul-Malik Abu pulled out a close win over BABC – Boston – forward Bonzie Colson.

Abu totaled 7,832 votes in the final vote, 400 more than his closest competitor, Colson. A few days into voting, it was clear that the vote was going to come down to the Boston players, as both Abu and Colson finished thousands of votes ahead of their competitors.

Abu was Expressions Elite’s top scorer and rebounder this season, scoring 14.6 points per game and pulling down 7.2 rebounds per game. This season, Expressions Elite’s first in the Elite Youth Basketball League, Abu succeeded in helping lead his team not only to a 13-5 record in a difficult Division C, but also a strong position in the Peach Jam. 

A 6-foot-8, 230-pound forward who plays his high school ball at Kimball Union Academy in Meriden, N.H., the class of 2014 recruit was extremely efficient for Expressions in 2013. 

He shot an impressive 53.1 percent from the field, while knocking down 43.5 percent of the three-pointers he took. He was nearly as proficient on the offensive boards as defensive, pulling down 41.8 percent of his rebounds from the offensive glass. Perhaps his most impressive stat was his second place finish in player efficiency rating at 29.46.

Abu had a few standout games this season, with his best coming in his final game of the Minneapolis Session, a 61-52 win over Meanstreets. In that contest, Abu scored nearly half of his team’s points, exploding for 30 points on 12-20 shooting from the field and nailing all three three-pointers he took. Additionally, he pulled down eight rebounds, served up two blocks, and dished two assists.

He also went off for 28 points and 10 rebounds in a contest with Alabama Challenge during the second session.

Abu had seven games this season in which he accumulated more than 15 points, and nine games with more than eight rebounds. He was a fairly consistent source of both scoring and rebounding for the team, as well as a good rim defender, with 11 games of two or more blocks.

Abu is drawing interest from a number of schools in the northeast, including Boston College, Connecticut, University of Massachusetts, Providence, Rhode Island, Rutgers, Seton Hall, St. Bonaventure, St. John's and Temple. He also has interest from schools outside the northeast, including Cincinnati, Florida, Iowa State, Miami, Michigan State and West Virginia.

For whichever team secures a commitment from Abu, two things are certain. They will gain a post position, a proficient scorer and rebounder. And – as evidenced by Abu’s selection in the fan vote – the support of a huge fan base that is sure to support him wherever he goes.

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