August 11, 2008

Gaddy Names Top Five

After a great final run with the Northwest Panthers on the AAU circuit, the summer wasn't quite over for Abdul Gaddy. The cerebral 6-foot-3, 170-pound point guard from Bellarmine Prep, still had the NIKE Global Challenge in Hillsboro, Oregon left on his schedule, where he'd match up with and against some of the top young players in the country and the world. As always, Gaddy rose to the occasion, and it was an experience that he'll never forget.

"We're representing the USA, and it's a great honor to represent your country," Gaddy said. "To come out here and play against all these countries and dominate the competition - it was great to come out here and represent and a great honor."

In the three-day event, Gaddy showed why he should be in the conversation when it comes to naming the top point guard nationally in the Class of 2009. Gaddy flawlessly ran Team USA 2, averaging 11 points and a team-high four assists, while helping the squad capture the tournament championship. For his efforts, Gaddy, alongside his high school and AAU teammate Avery Bradley, were named the event's co-MVPs.

"It was just natural, and it came with the flow of the game," Gaddy said of his play. "I just played my game and helped lead my team to wins. All the awards - I get that from help from my teammates. Really, I just feed off my teammates, and come out and try to win the game. What I was most happy about, was just getting to hang out with all these guys and just playing this game - getting better every day. It's going to help me out in college and hopefully at the next level, the NBA."

Overall, Gaddy couldn't be happier with how the entire summer went for him.

"I think I improved on the defensive end and I got bigger, faster and stronger," Gaddy said. "I just kept working on those things and tried to become a better point guard, and I think I got better at that. I've just become a better leader out here."

With basketball over for the time being, Gaddy will now take a well-deserved break. His focus will now turn to his college recruitment, one that's seen a commitment, de-commitment, and even some controversy over the past few months. With all that said, Gaddy is keeping things fairly close to the vest, but did reflect some thoughts on his current situation.

"I've been talking with my parents over it and we've been focusing in on it a lot," Gaddy said. "A decision will be coming soon. I'll probably set up a couple of visits but I plan on making my decision this month. A bunch of guys want me to come to school with them and want me to look at schools like Texas, Memphis - all that stuff, and I'm looking at it all right now."

Whether or not Gaddy has an overall leader, he wouldn't say. But the five-star guard did mention some of the finalists for his services.

"My top five are Arizona, Washington, Oregon, Memphis and UCLA," Gaddy said. "It will come down to that bond with the coaching staff."

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