A Pair Of Elite 8 Programs Take Charge In Recruitment Of Former NCAA Scoring Champ

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Max Abmas is one of the most highly touted transfers on the college basketball market. The talented Oral Roberts guard was once the NCAA’s top scorer.

He also led the Golden Eagles to a pair of NCAA Tournament appearances, including a run to the Sweet 16 in 2021. Now, a pair of Elite Eight squads are interested.

According to On3 Sports, Texas and Kansas State are in the mix to land his commitment. Both Big XII programs made deep runs in March Madness last season, falling a game shy of the Final Four.

Both also have production leaving through either the portal or NBA Draft.

For the Longhorns, both Dillon Mitchell and Tyrese Hunter have declared for the draft, while new head coach Rodey Terry has also seen players leave the program in other avenues.

His recruiting class also took a recent hit with five-star AJ Johnson pulling out of his commitment in order to play pro ball in Australia.

As for Kansas State, the Wildcats will be without point guard Markquis Nowell next season, as well as contributor Ismael Massoud. Keyontae Johnson is considered an NBA prospect as well.

Firmly put, each team could use a proven scorer in the backcourt.

Max Abmas certainly provides that. As a sophomore, he averaged 24.5 points a game to lead the nation while taking Oral Roberts to the Sweet 16. That run included wins over two-seed Ohio State and seven-seed Florida. The Golden Eagles fell by two points to No. 3 Arkansas in the third round.

He continued the strong play over the last two seasons, tallying more than 21 points a night in each campaign.

That production has resulted in a pair of Summit Player of the Year awards, and now, it could help him land an opportunity to play at the Power Five level.

The Longhorns and Wildcats could be the leaders in the clubhouse for Max Abmas’ talents, though Wichita State has also been mentioned as a contender. We’ll see where he winds up for the final season of his career.