Mohamed Abukar, a senior at Rancho Bernardo High
School (San Diego, California) has been granted a
release from his National Letter of Intent with the
University of Georgia Men's Basketball program.
Abukar and his family met with Dennis Felton, the new
Head Coach of the University of Georgia on Sunday, and
was given a committment and pledge from Coach Felton
to support a full and complete release from his
National Letter of Intent.
"I am very happy to have this episode behind me. I
appreciate Coach Felton's cooperation in supporting my
efforts for a full and complete release from the
National Letter of Intent that I signed with the
University of Georgia. While I am saddened by the
events that have occurred at Georgia, I will always
root for the Bulldogs in my heart. I am excited to
explore and research my new options and opportunities,
and look forward to finding the right school to pursue
my educational and athletic goals," said Abukar today.
Abukar, a 6-10 forward, was a 1st Team All-State
selection by Calhisports.com as well as being named
the San Diego Player of the Year by the San Diego Hall
of Champions, North County Player of the Year by the
North County Times, and Palomar League Player of the
Year as selected by the league coaches. He is a
3-year varsity starter, and was San Diego's leading
scorer this year in averaging 28.7 points and 12.7
rebounds per game.
This past summer, Abukar was one of the youngest
members of the USA junior Olympic team that won a
Bronze medal in Venezuela. Among his teammates were
current college freshmen, Carmelo Anthony (Syracuse),
Chris Bosh (Georgia Tech), Dee Brown (Illinois), Andre
Igoudala (Arizona), Daniel Horton (Michigan), and
Antoine Wright (Texas A&M).
Abukar has also been invited to the 2003 Derek
Anderson Kentucky Derby Festival. Abukar will play in
this game on Saturday, April 26 at the University of
Abukar carries both the necessary core G.P.A. and SAT
score and is a full qualifier for college admission.