MISSISSAUGA, ON–Many high school basketball prospects have used highlight tapes and social media as a mode of exposure as of late. Few have received offers as a result and others interest from post-secondary programs. Freddy Ibrahim has his own approach towards a scholarship.
Mississauga product Freddy Ibrahim has taken it old school and relied on his consistency to garner attraction from Canadian and American universities while in his senior year at Father Michael Goetz Secondary School.
“It’s been both nerve wrecking and exciting at the same time. At the moment I don’t have a home for next year and I’m still waiting to see if I can pick up an NCAA offer. I’m just trying to make every opportunity count from now until then and show what I can bring to a team.”
The senior guard further explains, “there’s obviously pressure, but it’s good pressure. I have great options available from the CIS which I’m thankful for, but feel like I have a great opportunity in playing NCAA ball this September.”
Ibrahim has elevated his stock in his final year at Father Michael Goetz Secondary School. Most recently, he carried his team to a championship at the Sheridan Cup and was awarded MVP. He had a game high 27 points to go with five rebounds, five assists and three steals.
Freddy’s recruitment is beginning to heat up because coaches are seeing that although he wasn’t a highly celebrated name on the come up, he has many skills and qualities that are transferable to the next level.
This Gators guard has high basketball acumen, versatile scoring and the ability to handle pressure; these things stick out on the hardwood. Tie these features in with his leadership, headiness and ultra competitive nature and you have yourself a ready next level product.
“I want to play for a team where everyone has the same hunger for getting better and winning as much or even more than myself. I’ve been challenged my whole high school career and that’s something that drives me to continue to improve. I’m looking ahead for the next challenge.”
“As a side note, I want to have a true university experience with a “no regrets” type of mindset. Having a student body that supports the sports programs is a bonus.”
So far, Ibrahim has visited the University of Calgary, University of Toronto and York, while a few more are pending.
Ryerson, Saint Mary’s University and McGill visits have not been scheduled yet but will be happening in the near future.
The Ryerson Rams and Calgary Dinos are highest on the list right now for Ibrahim.
“Their new facilities, the success of the team and scholarship opportunity have me leaning that way in the meantime as I wait for something to happen from the NCAA.”
Although his university decision weighs on his mind, he directs most of his attention on maintaining a solid grade point average and closing off the season strong.
The Gators currently hold a 5-3 record and will need to win their next three games in order to make playoffs. Ibrahim, Matthew Carating and 2018 guard Jaelin Llewellyn have been meshing well as the end of the season approaches with balanced production from a scoring perspective.
Ryerson – (High Interest) Coach Roy Rana’s Rams have gradually evolved into the GTA’s top team over the years and have been consistent in their conference. They are currently in the lead from the choices on the table for Freddy.
Calgary – (High Interest) The Dinos will be graduating their lead guard Jarred Ogungbemi-Jackson and are looking for someone to come in and play big minutes right away for them.
U of T – The Varsity Blues are in the mix with two of the GTA’s top guards in Calvin Epistola and Freddy Ibrahim. There’s a chance they end up with both. In that case, Freddy can play both guards spots.
Central Michigan – Coach Jeff Smith has been keeping tabs on Ibrahim and will be coming into town this week to evaluate in ROPSAA action.
Canisius – Already with Canadian content on the roster with Jamal Reynolds (Ajax, Ontario), Kassius Robertson (Toronto, Ontario and Cassidy Ryan (Mississauga, ON); Canisius has recently learned about Freddy Ibrahim and will look to visit him in the near future and get a close look.
University of Maryland, Baltimore County – Another program that has recently learned about Freddy Ibrahim. The program has been struggling with injuries on their roster and are at the bottom of the America East conference. They are in need of someone like Ibrahim who can service them on many levels.