Lester Abram

Paul Wong
Michigan point guard recruit Daniel Horton swats away a modest attempt by an opponent.
Courtesy of Earline Green

Position: Wing

Height: 6-6

Weight: 190

Hometown: Pontiac (Northern High School)

Highlights: Abram led Pontiac Northern to back-to-back Class A state titles as team captain, going 23-4 each year and was the co-Most Valuable player in the 2002 State Championship game. He started all four years, averaging 19.0 points per game for his career. Abram’s best season was his senior season, when he averaged 22.7 points, 10.8 rebounds, 4.7 assists, 1.8 steals and 1.5 blocks per game. That season he was named to both the Detroit Free Press’ and the Detroit News’ Dream Team, All-Metro first team and All-North first team. He was also third in Michigan’s Mr. Basketball voting and was one of 100 finalists for the McDonald’s All-American game.

Graham Brown

Position: Forward

Height: 6-9

Weight: 245

Hometown: Mio, Mich. (Mio-AuSable High School)

Highlights: For Brown, coming to Ann Arbor just runs in the family. Both his brothers, Gabe and Griffin, earned Engineering degrees, and Gabe was a basketball manager. Playing at a school where his father, Richard, is a history teacher, Brown led his team to the Michigan Class D Quarterfinals and a 25-1 record. He averaged 21.0 points, 17.0 rebounds, 8.0 assists, 8.0 blocks and 1.8 steals and earned both Detroit Free Press and Detroit News Class D All-State first team honors. Brown also played football, in which he was a wide receiver and linebacker. Rounding out his year, Brown played baseball in the spring, where he played first base, pitcher and centerfield. Brown looks to see plenty of action early next season in a frontcourt depleted by the graduation of Chris Young.

Amadou Ba

Position: Center

Height: 6-10

Weight: 250

Hometown: Bridgton, Maine (Bridgton Academy)

Highlights: Ba has only played organized basketball for four years but has shown potential. After coming to the United States two years ago from Mauritana, Africa, Ba played at Grissom High School in Huntsville, Ala. He shot 62 percent from the field and 70 percent from the free throw line. He then transferred to Bridgton Academy where he averaged 8.0 points and 7.0 rebounds a game. Ba may take a year or two to develop, but he should factor in the Michigan frontcourt.

Daniel Horton

Position: Point guard

Height: 6-3

Weight: 190

Hometown: Cedar Hill, Texas (Cedar Hill High School)

Highlights: Offered scholarships by Stanford, Illinois, Texas and Florida, Horton is the highest-rated player in this recruiting class. Horton started in both the McDonald’s All-American Game and the EA Sports Roundball Classic and was named to the Parade All-America second team. In his senior season, he led Cedar Hill to a 31-3 record, an appearance in the Texas Class 5A Regional Semifinals and a No. 10 ranking nationally by USA Today. Last season, Horton averaged 23.0 points, 4.4 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 2.7 steals, earning him Texas Associaton of Basketball Coaches Class 5A All-State first team honors. His 3.6 GPA and SAT score of over 1100 earned him a spot on the TABC Class 5A Region I Academic All-State first team. Horton also played for the AAU Team Texas Blue Chips and was rated the No. 8 player at the 2001 Adidas ABCD Camp. Horton is likely to start at point guard next season for the Wolverines.

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