Wildcats After Sharp-Shooter

Wildcats After Sharp-Shooter

It happened suddenly and unexpectedly. On the last day of the recruiting period, West Des Moines (IA) forward Kale Abrahamson had just wrapped up a workout for college coaches, when he was greeted by Northwestern assistant coach Tavaras Hardy. The sharp-shooter didn't know the Wildcats were interested, but they were interested enough to extend an offer.

"I think it's cool when a team has the faith in me after seeing me only once or twice," said Kale Abrahamson of Northwestern. "I thought they made a good statement."

Abrahamson (6-7, 185) has offers from Northwestern along with Albany, Iowa State, Nebraska, Northern Iowa, and Wake Forest. He's picked up a lot of interest from Creighton, Iowa, Stanford, and many others.

The interest from Northwestern shouldn't come as too much of a surprise, because Abrahamson's game closely resembles that of the Wildcats' sharp-shooting forward, John Shurna. While speaking with Coach

"(Coach Hardy) mentioned that as a comparison," said Abrahamson. "It was an honor to get compared to Shurna by coach, because he's stud."

The factor which made Abrahamson a must-offer for the Wildcats is his ability to shoot on the move—making him a great fit to Bill Carmody's Princeton offense.

"(Hardy) just said that he was excited about the way I play, and how they like people who are skilled and can shoot the ball in transition," said Abrahamson. "He thought I would fit the mold pretty well."

And while the Wildcats want Abrahamson for their Princeton offense, the forward is interested in potentially playing in that system, which would allow him to be a go-to scorer.

" Definitely, I like to throw the ball and shoot from pretty much anywhere," he said. "If a coach is willing to let me have the green light and shoot, that's definitely a good fit for me."

Thus far, Abrahamson has yet to see Northwestern's campus, but hopes to do so down the road. But the forward has seen some of the Wildcats' games on tv, and grew more familiar with the program by watching the Big Ten Network.

"I watched a little bit, a couple games in the season," he said. "Mostly (I've seen them) on "The Journey" on the Big Ten Network. I've seen their practices and how they operate. Everything I've seen, I like."

Things have continued to pick for the Valley High School standout, and many schools are close to offering. While things progress, Abrahamson is still sorting through his options, but he won't name any favorites till he takes on-campus visits.

"I really haven't seen the schools that are interested in me," said Abrahamson. "I really have to look around before I narrow it down at all."

In his junior season, Abrahamson averaged 22 points per game and was named first-team all-conference, while helping his Valley Tigers improve by nine wins from their previous season.

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