So far in the 2005 recruiting class, the Virginia Cavaliers have one commitment from 6-8, 240 pound power forward Laurynas Mikalauskas. With a likely four scholarships to be given out for the ensuing class, UVa is pursuing several other low-post targets as well. One of those targets is Tilton High School (Tilton, NH) 6-9, 240 pound power forward Alfred Aboya (pronounced Ah-Boy-Ya).
As a junior this season, Aboya averaged close to 20 points and double digit rebounds according to Tilton Head Coach Scott Willard. Playing the center position, he helped Tilton to a 26-2 record and a New England Class B Championship.
A talented prospect who is a little raw offensively, Aboya is a strong rebounder and defender.
“Alfred’s strengths are his athleticism, his ability to block shots, his ability to run the floor, and his ability to rebound,” Willard said. “Rebounding is his passion. He’s an animal on the boards.”
Before last season, Willard helped Aboya develop several low-post moves, including an up-and-under and a drop-step move, to provide him with a solid low-post game. Next season, Willard hopes to instill a more polished mid-range game.
“Last season we were able to get his low post game in order to where he had at least three moves he could score with,” Willard said. “Sometimes he was just unstoppable with those moves. We want to work on him facing up his opponent next. We’re working on developing his mid-range game. He’s got a pretty good shooting touch to work with.”
Aboya has received three offers, including Georgetown, UVa, and George Washington. He committed to Georgetown earlier in the recruiting process, however has since reconsidered his decision following the departure of Craig Esherick.
“Alfred has a list of about seven schools he is looking at,” Willard said. “Virginia, George Washington, Georgetown, Kansas, Connecticut, UNC, and Stanford. Virginia, George Washington, and Georgetown have offered. [Georgetown Head] Coach Thompson contacted us recently and said the offer is still on the table.
“He did commit to Georgetown earlier but he opened things up after the coaching change. Coming from the Cameroon, Georgetown is really one of the major schools for kids to look at. Ruben Boumjte Boumjte, who was from the Cameroon, went there. So coming from the Cameroon where Georgetown has such a big influence, it was Alfred’s dream to go there. But I think since he’s gotten acclamated here and he understands recruiting...
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