South Florida is likely to start a junior college transfer this season at a guard spot, in newcomer Blake Nash. It’s looking like they’ll do the same next year, as the Bulls received a commitment from talented JC shooting guard Musa Abdul-Aleem of Georgia Perimeter College today, according to Tampa Bay Online.
Although JC player rankings haven’t hit the web yet, Abdul-Aleem is considered by some to be among the most-talented shooting guard prospects among JUCO sophomores. A person that shares that opinion appears to be Memphis head coach Josh Pastner, who was heavily recruiting him. Already 23 years old, Abdul-Aleem made an official trip to Memphis prior to hitting up South Florida last weekend. He must have liked what he saw, as a commitment came.
JC basketball recruiting expert Brad Winton wrote the following about his game,”Abdul-Aleem is a physical, left-handed wing who bullies his way to the rim and has range that extends beyond the three. Abdul-Aleem was one of the best perimeter defenders that I saw this summer. He is very vocal on the court and plays with a passion for the game.”
As a freshman at Georgia Perimeter College, Abdul-Aleem was the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association Freshman Player of the Year, while scoring 14 points and pulling down 5 boards per game. He reportedly did not play AAU basketball while in high school.
Georgia Perimeter College associate head coach David Dennis told Tampa Bay Online that Abdul-Aleem committed due to. “… some smaller factors, some intangible factors, that probably pushed the visit and pushed his decision over the edge. The fact that his dad lives in Orlando, and Musa actually grew up in Tampa. Being a devout Muslim and following Islam, a lot of the people at the mosque and those things like that that he knew when he was a kid. It makes the transition for him a lot smoother and a lot easier.”
Simply put, South Florida doesn’t win too many recruiting battles over programs like Memphis, and if Abdul-Aleem is as good as advertised, he could start from day one in Tampa.