Ado Picks Up Another Top 50 National Basketball Ranking

Future150.com Tabs Hawks Star No. 43 In Country, No. 4 In State

Saturday, June 7, 2014 - by Larry Fleming

On Wednesday, Hamilton Heights’ junior post Abdulkahim Ado received a No. 38 ranking among ESPN’s top prospects in the country, and Saturday another national top 50 rating came Ado’s way.

Ado is ranked No. 43 nationally by Future150.com in the class of 2016 and that same publication tabbed Ado, the 6-foot-11-inch phenom about to enter his junior season at Hamilton Heights, as the No. 4 prospect in Tennessee.

Also, Ado picked up his third college scholarship offer, this one from the Memphis Tigers.

Memphis becomes the third school to offer Ado a college scholarship, joining SEC rivals Vanderbilt and Tennessee on that short list that should become much larger before his graduation in two years.

Other teams now seriously recruiting Ado, who has played basketball for only three years – he has one full season at Hamilton Heights – since arriving at the small Christian school from his native Nigeria are Louisville, UConn, Arizona State, Princeton, Ohio State, Middle Tennessee State and South Florida.

Ado and Nigerian teammates Ezekiel Balogun and Silas Adheke visited MTSU on Friday and will be at Vanderbilt on Sunday. Ado has an unofficial visit to Louisville on June 28, shortly after he returns from France where he will compete with the USA Elite National Under-20 Team at the World Championships on June 18-23.

Prior to the European trip Ado will play participate in the Nike Elite 100 basketball camp at St. Louis University in St. Louis, Mo.

The highest rated Tennesseeans on the Future150.com top 100 for 2016:

No. 4 – Dedrick Lawson, Memphis, 5 Star

No. 21 – Jaylen Fisher, Arlington, 5 star

No. 32 – Braxton Blackwell, Nashville, 4 star

No. 43 – Abdulhakim Ado, Chattanooga, 4 star

No. 75 – Micah Thomas, Memphis, 4 star

No. 90 – Clayton Hughes, Jackson, 4 star

(E-mail Larry Fleming at larryfleming44@gmail.com and follow him on Twitter @larryfleming44)

 



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