July 15, 2011

Iowa offers Abrahamson

On a day when the Hawkeyes lost one player, they extended a scholarship offer to one of the top prospects in the state of Iowa in the Class of 2012.

With Anthony Hubbard leaving the Iowa program on Thursday, the log jam that was in place at the wing position had an opening and Coach Fran McCaffery decided to extend a scholarship offer to Kale Abrahamson from West Des Moines Valley High School.

McCaffery has basically attended every one of Abrahamson's AAU games with Martin Brothers/All Iowa Attack the past two years as he tracked Marcus Paige, Adam Woodbury, and Mike Gesell. He also kept a close eye on Abrahamson as he piled up an impressive list of scholarship offers that include: Wake Forest, Boston College, Creighton, Harvard, Iowa State, Nebraska, Northwestern, and Stanford.

On Thursday while his AAU team was driving back to Iowa after participating in the Peach Jam, his AAU coach called him to the front of the bus and told him a phone call was coming.

"Coach Huddleson called me up to the front and said that Coach McCaffery was going to call back in a minute and wanted to talk to me. I hadn't talked to him before, but Hank put me on the phone with him and he said he had a scholarship for me."

Picking up the offer from Iowa appears to have made an immediate impact on the 6-foot-7 wing forward.

"I am definitely interested in Iowa and I'm really excited that they extended the scholarship offer," he said Thursday evening.

While some might wonder about Iowa offering after other schools had already extended their scholarship opportunity, Abrahamson said his high school coach, former Hawkeye Jeff Horner, has been very good about explaining the situation with Iowa.

"Coach Horner has been great about keeping me in the loop about what was going on at Iowa with their scholarships. He told me they had a log jam at my position and that they weren't going to offer me unless there was a real opportunity for me."

Abrahamson said that he hadn't shared the news with his AAU teammates who are also looking at Iowa (Adam Woodbury and Mike Gesell), but he is interested in the prospect of the three teaming up at the next level.

"I don't think they even know yet because they are on the other end of the bus, but it's kind of cool that all three of us have the opportunity to end up at the same school."

Abrahamson said that once the July evaluation period ends, he plans to sit down with his parents and Coach Horner and figure out the next step in recruiting, which will likely be scheduling official visits. He says one of those official visits will likely be to Wake Forest and he will make his decision before the start of his senior season.

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