HEADER ADRIAN GLENN "A.J." ABRAMS II Point Guard University of Texas Longhorns #3 5:10.7-161 Round Rock, Texas McNeil High School
OVERVIEW Overshadowed by D.J. Augustin and Kevin Durant during his first three years as a Longhorn, Abrams emerged as one of the team's most productive four-year players in school history. Patterning his style of play after his idol, Allen Iverson (Abrams changed his jersey number from No. 5 to Iverson's No. 3 as a sophomore), he proved to be one of the most dangerous long-range shooters to ever wear a Texas uniform.
Abrams ranks third in school history and sixth in Big 12 Conference annals with 1,969 points. His 389 three-pointers set the Texas all-time record and his 41 treys in NCAA Tournament action rank third in college basketball history. The team's mainstay went on to play in a school record 144 games, as his 4,673 minutes on the court set another UT mark. He did a great job of drawing contact to get to the foul line, as he made 86.4 percent of his free throws, the third-best percentage by a Longhorn.
At McNeil High School, Abrams was a two-time Texas Association of Basketball Coaches (TABC) first-team pick (as a junior and senior). The three-time All-Region and District MVP was also a two-time Central Texas Player of the Year selection by the Austin American-Statesman (as a sophomore and a senior). He went on to set the school career record by scoring 2,559 points.
Tabbed the City of Austin Male High School Athlete of the Year by the Greater Austin Sports Association following his senior year, Abrams averaged 27.6 points and 3.1 steals per game that season, on the way to leading his team to a 35-4 record and a trip to the Class 5A quarterfinals. He earned regional MVP honors during the state tourney, scoring 37 points in the regional semifinal victory vs. Richardson Berkner and followed that up with 39 points in the regional final loss to Dallas Carter.
As a junior, Abrams averaged 26.3 points, 8.0 assists and 4.0 steals per game, as he paced his squad to a 32-6 record and a trip to the Class 5A quarterfinals. He became the first sophomore ever to earn Central Texas Player of the Year accolades from the Austin American-Statesman, as he averaged more than 16 points and eight assists per contest.
While enrolled at the University of Texas and attending summer classes, Abrams earned MVP honors for the winning North team at the Texas High School Coaches Association (THSCA) All-Star game in San Antonio (July 25, 2005), posting 22 points (5 of 10 treys).
In his first season with the Longhorns, Abrams started once while appearing in all 37 games. The Big 12 Conference All-Freshman and All-Reserve team selection set a school freshman season record for most games played and ranked second on the team in three-point percentage (.390). He tied for second on the squad in assists (3.0 apg) and finished third in three-point field goals made (46). He also placed sixth on the team in scoring (6.4 ppg).
The Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll selection also earned All-Big 12 honorable mention from the league's coaches. He started all 35 games and led the team in three-point field goals made (120), which set the school and league single-season record. He also ranked ninth nationally in three-point field goals made per game (3.4), as he hit at least three three-pointers in 24 of 35 games. He also averaged 15.5 points per game.
Again named to the Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll, Abrams added USBWA and NABC All-District accolades, as he started 37 of 38 games. He ranked second on the team and fourth in the league in scoring (16.5 ppg), converting 38.2 percent (league-best 118 of 309) of his three-point attempts. He finished second on the team with 30 double-figure scoring games and 14 20-point games. He also led the team and ranked seventh in the conference in steals (59).
Abrams garnered All-Big 12 second-team honors in 2008-09. The NABC All-District second-team pick started all 35 games, leading the conference in three-pointers made (105) and minutes played (1,319). His 105 three-pointers rank third on the school single-season record list. He also led the squad and placed seventh in the league in scoring (16.6 ppg), as he posted 25 double-figure scoring games and ranked third in the Big 12 in free-throw percentage (.840).
2008-09 SEASON One of 10 finalists for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award and one of 30 midseason candidates for the Naismith Trophy and Wooden Award, the All-Big 12 Conference and NABC All-District VIII second-team pick started all 33 games, leading the team and league in three-pointers made (105, third-best total in a season by a Longhorn) and minutes played (1,319)...Led the team and finished seventh in the conference with 580 points (16.6 ppg), as he made 193 of 484 field goals (39.9 percent) and 89 of 105 free throws (84.8 percent, ranking third in the Big 12)...Had 25 double-figure scoring games, as he led the team with 47 steals (1.3 spg)...Registered 78 rebounds (2.2 rpg) and handed out 46 assists (1.3 apg)...Charged with 48 turnovers and 69 personal fouls that resulted in one game disqualification...Led the team in scoring 16 times and in steals 14 times.
2007-08 SEASON Earned spots on the USBWA All-District VII team, the NABC All-District IX second-team and the All-Big Conference second-team (coaches)...One of five players named to the Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship All-Tournament Team...Earned a place on the Naismith Trophy Midseason Top 30 List...Two-time Phillips 66 Big 12 Player of the Week (Nov. 26 and Feb. 11)...StubHub! Legends Classic All-Tournament Team...One of 12 team members to earn a spot on the Spring 2008 Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll (minimum 3.0 GPA)...Started 37 of 38 games at the two-guard spot, ranking second on the team and fourth in the league in scoring (611 total, 16.5 ppg)...Converted 38.2 percent (118 of 309) of his three-point attempts and increased his shooting percentage from two-point range from .371 in his first two seasons combined to .488 (101 of 207) as a junior...Second on the team with 30 double-figure scoring games and 14 20-point games...Registered two of the team's four 30-point games...Led the conference in made three-pointers (118) and ranked fourth in three-point percentage (.382)...His 118 three-pointers ranked second on the UT single-season list...Led the team and ranked seventh in the conference in steals (59)...Led the team in free-throw percentage (.809) and ranked second on the squad in minutes played (35.9 mpg) and third in assists (55)...Became UT's career leader in three-pointers made at Kansas State (Feb. 25), passing Travis Mays (246/1987-90)...Became the 28th player in UT history to reach the 1,000-point milestone vs. Michigan State.
2006-07 SEASON Earned All-Big 12 Conference honorable mention from the league's coaches and the Associated Press...Started all 35 games, as he led the team in three-point field goals made (120), which set the school and league single-season records...Ranked ninth nationally in three-point field goals made per game (3.4)...Hit at least three 3-pointers in 24 of 35 games... Twice tied the UT record for most three-pointers in a half with six (Chicago State, Nicholls State)...His .423 three-point percentage was the fifth-best single-season mark in UT history (min. 100 att.)...Led the team in free throw percentage, as his .924 mark set the UT season-record (.910, Jim Krivacs, 1978-79)...Only missed one free throw in Big 12 play (38 of 39)...Ranked second on the team in scoring (15.5 ppg, 543 total), as that scoring average is tops among sophomores at UT during the Rick Barnes era...Increased his scoring average by 9.1 ppg from his freshman year, as that scoring increase is the 10th-largest by a UT player since 1949-50...Recorded 29 double-figure scoring games, including nine 20-point performances, as he posted 20-point games in four of his first six contests...Had a streak of 11 consecutive games scoring in double figures (Dec. 20-Jan. 27)...Led the team in scoring four times...Second on the team in field goals made (175) and third in minutes per game (35.5), steals (46) and assists (52)...Named 2K Sports College Hoops Classic Austin Regional MVP and tabbed Big 12 Player of the Week (Nov. 13)...One of seven team members to earn a spot on the Spring 2007 Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll (minimum 3.0 GPA).
2005-06 SEASON Played in all 37 games, making one start...Member of the Big 12 Conference All-Freshman and All-Reserve teams selected by the media...Set a school freshman season record for most games played (37), as he ranked second on the squad in three-point percentage (.390), tied for second in assists (3.0 apg) and third in three-point field goals made (46)... Finished sixth on the team in scoring (6.4 ppg, 235 total)...Led the team in assists in 11 games (tied for first on the team) and had nine double-figure scoring games...Recorded 51 assists to just 20 turnovers in Big 12 games (2.6-1 ratio).
CAREER NOTES Abrams holds the school career records with 4,673 minutes of court action while playing in 144 games (game total is also a Big 12 Conference record...Finished third in school annals and placed sixth on the conference career record list with 1,969 points (13.7 ppg)...His 389 three-point field goals (976 attempts, ranking sixth in Texas annals with a 39.9 percentage) set the school and league all-time record, while his 41 in NCAA Tournament action rank third in the college basketball ranks...Those 389 treys rank 12th on the NCAA Division I career record chart (third among 2008-09 active players)...Holds the top three spots on the school single-season record list for three-pointers made, with 120 as a sophomore (also the Big 12 annual record), 118 as a junior and 105 as a senior...Made nine treys vs. New Mexico State in 2007, the second-best game total in school annals, topped by Al Coleman (10 vs. Kansas State in 1997)...Ranks third in UT history for career free-throw percentage (.864) and third in career steals (179)...His 161 points scored in Big 12 Championship action rank third on the league all-time record chart.
HIGH SCHOOL Attended McNeil (Round Rock, Texas) High School, playing basketball for head coach Darrell Haggemann...Two-time Texas Association of Basketball Coaches (TABC) first-team pick (as a junior and senior)...The three-time All-Region and District MVP was also a two-time Central Texas Player of the Year selection by the Austin American-Statesman (as a sophomore and a senior)..Went on to set the school career record by scoring 2,559 points...Tabbed the City of Austin Male High School Athlete of the Year by the Greater Austin Sports Association following his senior year, Abrams averaged 27.6 points and 3.1 steals per game that season, on the way to leading his team to a 35-4 record and a trip to the Class 5A quarterfinals...Earned regional MVP honors during the state tourney, scoring 37 points in the regional semifinal victory vs. Richardson Berkner and followed that up with 39 points in the regional final loss to Dallas Carter...As a junior, Abrams averaged 26.3 points, 8.0 assists and 4.0 steals per game, as he paced his squad to a 32-6 record and a trip to the Class 5A quarterfinals...Became the first sophomore ever to earn Central Texas Player of the Year accolades from the Austin American-Statesman, as he averaged more than 16 points and eight assists per contest.
INJURY REPORT No injuries reported.
OTHER TOURNAMENTS/TEAMS SUMMER LEAGUE: While enrolled at the University of Texas and attending summer classes, Abrams earned MVP honors for the winning North team at the Texas High School Coaches Association (THSCA) All-Star game in San Antonio (July 25, 2005), posting 22 points (5 of 10 treys).
PERSONAL Education major, earning Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll recognition three times...Wears jersey No. 3 because he admires Allen Iverson's style of play...Son of Andy (real name is Adrian) and Michelle Abrams...Parents gave him the nickname "A.J." at birth, as "A.J." is short for "Adrian Junior"...Father is a college basketball official and previously worked as a bodyguard for former Texas governors Ann Richards and George Bush...Born Adrian Glenn Abrams II on 10/16/86 in Sherman, Texas...Resides in Round Rock, Texas.
SCOUTING REPORT Positives: Has excellent quickness and leaping ability (37-inch vertical) that he uses well to get past the slower defender in attempts to gain separation while slashing to the basket...Has very good long-range shooting mechanics, as he demonstrates the proper footwork, elevation, extension and high release to make a good portion of his shots from the perimeter (first in school history with 389 treys made and sixth with a three-point percentage of .399)...Has a nice array of hesitation moves, pump fakes and stutter step action to force his opponent to commit rather than face up to him when operating along the perimeter...Outstanding free throw shooter with a high arch and a quick release point (third in school annals with an 84.6 free throw percentage)...Sets his feet well and shows good form elevating to get off his jump shot (made 660 field goals in 144 games)...Shows the hand agility to keep the ball on the floor long, pull up and fire off the dribble before his man has a chance to get into position to defend...More of a rhythm passer, but when he starts connecting he does so in bunches...Even though he gets pushed around some by the bigger opponent, he is a scrappy defender with the lateral range to get into the passing lanes in attempts to steal the ball...Might get pushed around on the boards, but is slippery enough to get under his man when fighting for the rebound...Has improved his passing ability and shows good timing getting the ball to the open outlet with precise tosses through double teams...Has good patience shooting the ball around, but needs to show that same characteristic as a ball handler (gets too selfish with the ball and for a player who will more likely play the point, he has averaged just 1.8 assists per game)...Likes to push the ball upcourt quickly and has the timed speed to lead an up-tempo attack...Does a nice job pulling up and firing the ball in transition, as he compensates for an inability to drive into the paint with a keen eye and quick release shooting from the perimeter...Favors his right hand when shooting, but has a nice floater that he executes with consistency coming off the cut...Better passer from the baseline on dish-&-drive plays.
Negatives: Lacks size, bulk and strength needed to compete as a shooting guard at the next level, but is not a true point guard, as he lacks the playmaking ability to keep the ball consistently distributed and tends to have a shoot-first mentality when he gets the ball into his hands (has just 264 assists in 144 games)...Does not have the NBA-quality wing span (6'4") and struggles to compete for the ball vs. taller opponents (blocked just 10 shots in 4,673 minutes of court action)...Taller guards have had good success posting up vs. Abrams due to his lack of size and length...Shows good court vision to create his own shot, but gets bounced out of the lanes often by the bigger opponent, yet he will still try to attack the paint or drive inside, taking off-target shots that fail to connect too often...Will go through long stretches where he feels that the ball belongs in his hands only, rather than look for the open outlets to feed...Must work on improving his shot from the left side, as he tends to drive often from the right side, making his shot selection predictable for the opponent...Good thief in the passing lanes (179 steals rank third in school history), but must learn to stay in front of his opponent longer when playing face-up defense...Simply gets out-muscled anytime he tries to drive to the rim...Tries too hard at times driving to the basket, getting his body out of control and the result has been a high amount of charging calls.
Compares To: NATE ROBINSON, New York -- Like Robinson, Abrams is height challenged in this big man's game and his lack of size and strength causes him to get punished often when driving to the basket. He is an efficient passer, but plays with a shoot-first attitude that you usually associate with a shooting guard. He is strictly a right-handed shooter with a weak left hand, but gets excellent elevation on his jumper. He is a dangerous shooter along the perimeter and excels when at the line. He is better suited as a combo guard, but with his power and height deficiencies, he is better getting a few minutes off the bench rather than being the team's floor general.