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Posted on: August 12, 2011 2:40 pm
Edited on: August 12, 2011 2:41 pm
 

Recruitment on the upswing for Blaise Mbargorba

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By Jeff Borzello

It’s been an interesting couple of years for Blaise Mbargorba.

The Cameroon native burst onto the scene with strong play in 2009 as a relative unknown, but then some schools soured on him as he rode the bench at St. Benedict’s (N.J.). Mbargorba decided to transfer to The Peddie School (N.J.) and reclassify to the class of 2012.

It turned out to be a terrific choice by Mbargorba, who reminded everyone of his vast potential with impressive performances this summer.

“I think that’s my hard work starting to pay off, because I spend a lot of time in the gym to get better as much as I possibly can,” he said.

The 7-footer is strong and athletic, and he moves fairly well for someone his size. Mbargorba gets good position on the block, and his soft hands enable him to post up defenders and go to work.

While his offense is still somewhat raw, Mbargorba continues to get better.

“My game has changed,” he said. “More schools are calling and I feel more confident now.”

Mbargorba currently holds offers from Vanderbilt, Temple, Saint Joseph’s, Virginia Tech, West Virginia, SMU, George Mason, Northwestern, Clemson, Charlotte, Cincinnati and Columbia.

He adds that most of the offers came during the July period when he was dominating with the NJ Roadrunners on the AAU circuit.

The last two years have been up-and-down for Mbargorba, but the forecast is awfully bright for the rising senior.

Posted on: August 9, 2011 4:08 pm
Edited on: August 9, 2011 4:55 pm
 

Northwestern gets pledge from Kale Abrahamson

By Jeff Borzello

Kale Abrahamson had plans to cut his list in the coming weeks. Instead, the 6-foot-7 wing decided to end his recruitment.

"I picked Northwestern because it fit everything about me," Abrahamson said. "Academically, socially and athletically, I feel like i have a chance to have a great experience."

He chose the Wildcats over Iowa, Stanford, Nebraska, Harvard and Creighton.

"It was just a combination of all the factors I was looking for," Abrahamson said. 

Abrahamson is Northwestern’s second commitment in the past week, as Minnesota guard Sanjay Lumpkin announced his pledge on Friday. The two join Alex Olah in the Wildcats’ 2012 class.

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Abrahamson is a very good shooter who has deep range and can get hot from the perimeter. His size enables him to be a matchup problem for smaller wings, and he knows how to use his body when it comes to finishing at the rim.

News and Notes: Anthony Bennett tweeted his final 10 schools earlier Tuesday: Kentucky, Connecticut, West Virginia, Pittsburgh, Florida, Oregon, Missouri, UNLV, Ohio State and Washington . . . Isaiah Zierden committed to Creighton on Monday . . . Tulsa picked up a pledge from D’Andre Wright . . . Derek Willis tripped to Louisville on Monday, one day after decommitting from Purdue . . . Florida State guard Pierre Jordan will transfer to Georgia Tech, and will be eligible immediately . . . Kansas offered Allerik Freeman, a top-25 player in 2013 . . . Charles Smith committed to Lipscomb. 

 
 
 
 
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