Mohamed Abukar, a 6-foot-9, 195-pound combination forward from Rancho Bernardo (CA) High School, had one tough decision, according to his AAU coach Ollie Goulston. "They are both great schools, it was that close," Goulston said. "He just felt comfortable at Florida. He had to pick one. So it was Florida. He had a tough time in making up his mind."
Abukar made his phone calls to the Florida and Kentucky staffs shortly before 5 PM ET. During these phone calls, according to a source close to Abukar, Mohamed gave the word of his decision to each of the coaching staffs. "Mohamed is a very versatile player," Goulston said. "He can pass, shoot, rebound. He can do a lot of things on the court. He will fit in well at Florida."
Abukar had taken official visits to both schools. He praised each coaching staff after his visits. Abukar had also considered at one time in his recruiting process Louisville, UCLA, Missouri, and Georgia Tech. But Florida and Kentucky have been the two strongest schools since Abukar asked for his release from the Georgia basketball program. "Both programs were great during this," Goulston said. "It's why Mohamed had such a difficult time in reaching a decision. But as I said he had to pick one and Florida is a good choice."