The Green Bay Phoenix will have 6’8” forward Eli Abaev on campus for an official visit this month according to JucoRecruiting.com.
The website tweeted on Tuesday that Green Bay will be the third of four official visits that Abaev has set up this month including in-state rival Milwaukee this weekend and Austin Peay the weekend after. His UWGB visit will take place the weekend of April 20th.
The sophomore big man is a top 50 JUCO prospect according to JucoRecruiting ranking #46 in the Top 100 for the 2018 class.
A native of Deerfield Beach, Florida, Abaev would add more size to the Green Bay roster – something the Phoenix desperately need.
He would provide another rim protector to go along with freshman Manny Patterson and is a consistent rebounder, leading his team in rebounding at 9.8 per game despite the presence of 6’9” Rutgers recruit Shaq Carter.
Offensively, Abaev is an efficient scorer that seems to do most of his damage around the rim. He averaged 9.1 points per game in 24.9 minutes of action while shooting 52.9% from the floor. He didn’t attempt a lot of threes – going 3-8 from beyond the arc this season – and is an average free throw shooter knocking down 67.2% of his attempts from the charity stripe this season.
He is eligible to play immediately next season and will have two seasons of eligibility remaining.
Another Green Bay target – 6’6” forward Wali Parks – will visit Green Bay on April 13th.