Fairfax (Va.) Paul VI Catholic four-star small forward Isaiah Abraham is down to four schools, he tells On3.
Moving forward, the 6-foot-7, 195-pound rising senior will consider Marquette, Providence, UConn, and Virginia Tech.
Abraham has officially visited three of his finalists — Marquette, Providence, and UConn. An official visit to Virginia Tech is also in consideration. He says he’s aiming to make a decision by mid-July.
According to the On3 Industry Rankings, Abraham is the No. 63 overall prospect in the 2024 cycle. He’s also the No. 22 small forward prospect and the No. 4 player in the state of Virginia. The On3 Industry Ranking is a weighted average that utilizes all four major recruiting media companies.
On3’s evaluators are much higher on Abraham than the industry, ranking him 26th nationally.
Abraham talks finalists
In a previous interview with On3, Isaiah Abraham discussed each of his final four schools.
Marquette: “My first visit was to Marquette. My favorite part of that visit was the coaches hanging out with the players. The overall feel I got there was real, and everyone in the program on the team was connected. I like the culture they have there. They play fast, and they play together. There isn’t any one-on-one; they play as a team, and I really mess with that. Then you have O-Max (Olivier Maxence Prosper) getting an opportunity in the draft. I can really see myself in his game and the way he plays. That shows me I can play in the Marquette system. “I wouldn’t say I like Marquette just because of my dad (Faisal Abraham played at Marquette from 1993-97). The coaches and Coach (Shaka) Smart has been recruiting me heavily. Coach Dre (DeAndre Haynes), Coach (Neil) Berry they’ve all been talking to me and my parents. They’ve been recruiting me and getting to know my family. They’ve put in work, but things are still wide open.”
Providence: “When Coach (Kim) English was at George Mason, I knew I wasn’t going to go there, but we still built that relationship. I did go over to George Mason a couple of times to see how they played and how they coached, and I like how he interacts with his players. I like how he coaches and how he talks with his players, and how he communicates with everyone. He is also really young. All of that makes me want to go up to Providence and see what it’s all about; see if he brings that type of culture to Providence.”
UConn: “I like the overall feel I get from them. I’m excited to see the facilities and how the coaches and players interact with one another. The relationships they have over there. My relationship with Coach (Danny) Hurley is not as strong as it is with Marquette yet, but I feel like I’m going to get to know him more on the visit and learn more about the program and about him.”
Virginia Tech: “They just started talking to me a couple of months ago, so I don’t know as much about their program as the others yet. Coach JD Byers came in and started talking to me. I’ve just started to get to know him, but I love the way he talks to players, and he is really real with everything. They like my athleticism and my ability to shoot the ball and make shots. That is a big part of my game, and with him being able to see that even though my role sometimes didn’t show that, I feel like that too.”
“Isaiah Abraham is an explosive wing. He has great measurables with long arms and good positional size. At his core, Abraham is a shot-maker. He has touch, range, and confidence from anywhere on the floor. He is going to have to shore up his footwork and balance, which will help with his shot selection and shot-making. Abraham is able to attack the rim in straight lines and finish well above the rim in transition. He can get to his spots off one and two dribble pull-ups. Abraham has the upside, both physically and athletically, to be a solid team defender; there is a toughness in there, and with his size. Is confident. Abraham’s father, Faisal Abraham, played at Marquette, and his aunt Tajama Abraham Ngongba played at George Washington.” – On3’s Jamie Shaw