NCAA Basketball: NCAA Tournament-East Regional-Louisville vs NC State. (USATSI)
Prior to Friday's regional semifinal vs. Louisville, Mark Gottfried and the Wolfpack held its open practice at noon and then met with the media.
The Wolfpack preps for the NCAA Tournament
2014-15 - Freshman Season - A Part-time starter, an explosive forward who improved as the season progressed ... Played 19.1 minutes per game and made 22 starts ... Averaged 6.4 points and 4.8 rebounds per game ... Ranked second on the team with 34 dunks ... Averaged 9.4 points per game in postseason ... Totaled seven games with double-figure scoring and two double-doubles ... Scored first collegiate points and grabbed six rebounds vs. Hofstra (Nov. 17) ... Scored 11 points vs. Charleston Southern (Dec .12) ... Scored eight points vs. Tennessee (Dec. 17) ... Scored 10 points vs. La Tech (Dec. 23) ... Made first career start in win over Pittsburgh, grabbing eight rebounds (Jan. 3) ... Had eight points and eight rebounds in win over Duke (Jan. 11) ... Grabbed nine boards vs. UNC (Jan. 14) ... Scored career-high 19 points at Miami (Jan. 22) ... Posted first career double-double with 15 points and 12 rebounds vs. Clemson (Jan. 28) ... Scored 10 points at Boston College (Feb. 28) ... Grabbed 10 rebounds at Clemson (March 3) ... Scored 10 points in ACC tourney vs. Duke (March 12) ... Scored 13 points in NCAA win over LSU (March 19) ... Totaled 13 points and 12 rebounds in NCAA win over Villanova (March 21).
Before State:No. 32 recruit nationally in ESPN 100, 45th by Rivals and the No. 11 power forward and four-star recruit by Scout.com ... Played three seasons at New Hampshire prep school Kimball Union Academy for coach Mike Olson ... Played first two seasons of prep basketball at Marblehead High School in Massachusetts ... Scored 1,284 career points at Kimball, leading the team to a 61-21 record ... Named 2014 NEPSAC Player of the Year and was a NEPSAC all-star pick ... Averaged 24.5 points and 10.5 rebounds during his final season ... Also played one season of varsity tennis and was girl's lacrosse manager for two years at Kimball ... Played AAU basketball for Expressions Elite and coach Tyrone Boswell ... Named 2013 EYBL MVP ... Participated in LeBron James Skills Academy and Anthony Davis Big Man Camp ... Competed at the NBA and Nike Top 100 camps.
Personal: Born Sept. 16, 1995 ... Son of Rotimi and Helen Abu ... Has an older brother, Damola ... Communications major ... Devout Muslim who prays five times a day and fasts during Ramadan.