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2011 ORLANDO AAU NOTEBOOK (PART 10): ELIJAH MACON, KALE ABRAHAMSON & MARTAVIOUS NEWBY UPDATES

August 2, 2011 by · 3 Comments 

By Alex Schwartz

MARYLAND OFFICIAL VISIT THE PLAN FOR ELIJAH MACON

If you are looking for a big man to rebound and defend in your Class of 2012 recruiting efforts, 6-foot-9 power forward Elijah Macon could be your man. Yes, he can also finish around the cup and is by no means a major weakness offensively, but his offensive skill set down low is still developing. However, what Macon does do quite well is rebound and defend, two things that are very important. A well built post player with a strong frame, Macon, for the most part, understands his strengths and weaknesses and does not force things. He plays solid interior defense and is an overall sound player who does a lot of the little things.

Miami, West Virginia, Iowa, South Florida, Cincinnati, Xavier, USC and Dayton were the offers listed by Macon this past weekend while playing in the AAU National Championships for the All-Ohio Red program in Orlando. He also mentioned Memphis, Maryland, Georgetown, Kansas and Florida, noting that he has more offers and interest.

“No, I don’t really have a favorite,” Macon said. “I’m gonna make my top five schools at the beginning of my senior year at Huntington Prep.”

Macon said that Maryland, Miami, Florida, West Virginia and Iowa are the schools coming at him the hardest. Thus far Macon has taken trips to Xavier, Cincinnati, West Virginia and USC.

“For my officials I’ll probably take one to Maryland,” Macon said. “Right now that’s the only one I have lined up to take an official to. I’d probably take one to Iowa too, but Maryland is the only one I know [about] for sure.”

Macon is transferring from Marion-Franklin (OH) to Huntington Prep (WV) for his senior year and talked about that decision.

“I was supposed to go last year, but me and my mom decided to stay in Columbus and go there for my senior . . . so it will prepare me better for college.”
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ABRAHAMSON HAS LONG, VARIED LIST; WORKING ON CUTTING IT DOWN FOR OFFICIAL VISITS

Kale Abrahamson, a 6-foot-7 forward with All-Iowa Attack, said he has offers from Nebraska, Iowa, Iowa State, Wake Forest, Northwestern, Creighton, Stanford, Northern Iowa, Albany, Seton Hall, Boston College, and the equivalent of such from Harvard. He is also hearing from Vanderbilt and Colorado.

“Not really,” Abrahamson said of whether he has any favorites. “I’m gonna try to narrow it down after this tournament.”

On how many schools he will have on his list, Abrahamson said, “Enough to do manageable official visits, so three or four.”

Abrahamson said he knows of some of the schools that will make his list, but did not want to name them. He did say, “I think I have it down to about five.”

Asked when he plans to commit, Abrahamson replied, “I just wanna do it before the high school season so probably after my official visits are over.”

Abrahamson said he has visited Stanford, Northwestern, Wake Forest, Vanderbilt, Creighton and Nebraska.

On who is recruiting him the hardest, he said, “They’re all doing a pretty good job. Head coaches from Iowa, Nebraska, Creighton, and Stanford are the ones I’ve seen the most . . . and Northwestern.”
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OLE MISS & ARKANSAS STAND OUT WITH MARTAVIOUS NEWBY

Martavious Newby said he has offers from Ole Miss, Arkansas, Georgia, UMass, Missouri, Kent State, Nebraska, North Carolina State, Tulane and Tennessee to go along with interest from Memphis and Furman.

Ole Miss, Arkansas and that’s about it,” Newby said of his favorites, noting that those are also the two schools coming at him the hardest.

Newby, a 6-foot-4 shooting guard out of Memphis (TN) in the Class of 2012, has no timetable for a commitment and said of his visits, “No one [yet], I’m gonna take my visits after this tournament.

On planned trips: “I go to Arkansas I think August 8th [and I] go to Ole Miss right after that.”




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