Heath lands 2012 junior college guard Abdul-Aleem
USF men's basketball coach Stan Heath has picked up his first commitment toward the Class of 2012, getting a pledge Thursday night from Musa Abdul-Aleem, a 6-foot-5 shooting guard from Georgia Perimeter College.
"He's an exceptional shooter, plays extremely hard, inside and out," said David Dennis, GPC's associate head coach. "He's one of the better scorers you'll see. Not only can he score, he's a shooter as well, a rare combination. You may have guys that shoot the ball well, or score with the ball. He does both very well. Excellent mid-range game. He can post up, put it on the floor and get by guys on the bounce. He's as complete as you want to be as an offensive player.
Abdul-Aleem, who played at Tampa's King High School in 2003-04, was the Georgia Junior College Athletic Association's Freshman Player of the Year last season, averaging 13.9 points per game, and Dennis said he chose the Bulls over recruitment from Memphis, Georgetown, Oklahoma, Nebraska and Rhode Island. USF had strong ties to Dennis, who played high school basketball against Heath in Detroit and sent one of his players, Jay Brown, to Bulls assistant Steve Roccaforte when he was head coach at Lamar.
"Coach Heath and his staff did an excellent job recruiting Musa -- they just did things the right way," said Dennis, who also has Musa's twin brother, Muhammad, on the GPC roster. "They did things how they should be done, first class. The visit (last weekend) was excellent. They did a wonderful job."
Salim Shakir, who coached Abdul-Aleem in 2008-09 when he was a senior at Atlanta's W.D. Mohammed High School, said he is as impressive off the court as he is on it.
"He has outstanding character, and is an all-around player," said Shakir, who said Abdul-Aleem averaged about 30 points per game as a senior, playing primarily at small forward while his twin brother Muhammad was the team's point guard. "He's a big, strong player, runs the floor well."
Abdul-Aleem had stops at at least three schools in Florida before coming to Atlanta -- here's a reference to him in the Times at Tampa King in 2004, and according to the Orlando Sentinel, he and his brother then spent a year at Orlando's West Oaks Academy before enrolling at Brevard Christian Academy.
Shooting guard is the first position Heath has addressed with the 2012 class -- the Bulls will lose a likely starter in senior Hugh Robertson after this season, and USF will also have Martino Brock, who is sittting out this season after transferring from South Alabama.