The North Carolina State Wolfpack fans know there is absolutely no way to replace last season’s ACC Player of the Year T.J. Warren after he decided to enter this summer’s NBA Draft, but 2014 recruit Abdul-Malik Abu should give the team a nice boost in the post.
Abu is considered to be one of the top recruits in the country by many sources because of how he powers his way around the post. While he does not have the skill set that can make up for what Warren did last year, he gives coach Mark Gottfried a good option inside. Abu is built like a brick house as he stands at 6-foot-8 and 230 pounds. His greatest trait is that he does not get away from what he does best. Abu likes staying inside and banging around smaller and weaker players. This can be extremely valuable in the ACC because the league is now more focused on wing players. Abu will give the Wolfpack a solid rebounder who does not mind getting dirty.
Abu’s main flaw is that he is basically a one-trick pony at this point. Scouts say Abu does most of his work in the paint and cannot stretch the defense out much. While this is not the greatest thing, at least Abu understands he is a liability outside of the paint and will not hurt the team by taking shots he will not hit. He jumps around like a pogo stick and will give fans highlight reel dunks.
North Carolina State will definitely miss not having Warren around, but fans at least have a top recruit they can hope turns into a solid and exciting player for the upcoming season.
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