Sunday, November 29, 2009

The Little Point Guard From Puerto Rico Is Making Noise

Puerto Rico producing point guards is nothing new. There is a long history of PG's playing college ball with both Clemente (Kansas State) and Fontan (Fordham) holding it down for PR this season. A 5'9 kid from Bayamon name Alex Abreu is making noise at the prep school level and college coaches are taking notice. Alex graduated from BMA last year but wasn't on anyone's radar. Alex and his mother arranged with the help of PR Playmakers for him to play at the famed Bob Gibbons Tounament in North Carolina last spring for NYC power New Heights. He came back from that event feeling like he was better than most of the PG's who are rated in the top 100. "I know I can play with those guys. I just need someone to give me a chance", said Abreu when he returned from North Carolina and the Gibbons Event last spring.

He got his chance two weeks later when he made Puerto Rico's 19U National Team and had a chance to play against Jio Fontan and Mike Rosario (Rutgers) all summer. "You could see his confidence increase day by day. The thing I was really impressed with was his willingness to compete. Jio and Mike are battled tested. They have played under the brightest lights since the 9th grade and both of them have big reputations. A lot of guys fold when they go up against big name players but Alex competed every possession and tried to go at Jio all summer. That really helped him and he learned a lot from watching Jio and Mike", said PR Playmakers' Founder/Senior Advisor to FBPUR President, Todd Washington.

After traveling to both France and New Zealand with the 19U National Team, Alex passed on some of the mid-major offers. He decided to attend post grad program in CJEOTO in New Jersey. CJEOTO has a solid schedule and is providing Alex the platform to showcase his skills. Earlier this month, CJEOTO played against powerhouse prep school South Kent which features New York city guard Russ Smith, who recently committed to Louisville. Abreu torched Smith for 28 points, 10 rebounds, 7 assists and 4 steals. "That opened a lot of eyes. I mean nobody had ever heard of Alex Abreu before that game and now major D1 programs are going to want to see if this kid is that good", said an assistant ACC coach. As of last week several Big East and ACC assistants were scheduling trips to see him play. If he keeps going at elite players and putting up numbers like he did against Smith, big time programs may have to take a chance on the little point guard from Puerto Rico.