GREENSBORO, N.C. – UNCG men’s basketball head coach Wes Miller announced the signings of Angelo Allegri (Kansas City, Mo./Link Year Prep) and Mohammed Abdulsalam (Atlanta, Ga./Link Year Prep) to National Letters of Intent Thursday. Both Allegri and Abdulsalam will join the Spartans as freshman in the 2018-19 season.
“We are fired up about Mo (Mohammed) and Angelo,” Miller said. “They are high character young men that love basketball, value education and like to work. Needless to say we think they fit us perfectly. They both have great size and length for their respective positions and from a positional standpoint they address important needs in our program. It's an extra bonus that they'll be teammates this year at an exceptional prep school program in Link Year Prep.”
“We are also really excited about the current young players in our program and as we think about Mo and Angelo alongside our current freshmen and sophomores, we feel that the future of UNCG Basketball has a chance to be very bright,” Miller said.
Allegri is a 6-7, 203-pound wing from Kansas City, Mo., and will play his senior season at Link Year Prep School for coach Roberto Bergersen. He spent the last two and a half years playing at St. Thomas Aquinas for coach John Rost and averaged 20.0 points and 7.0 rebounds per game as a junior. He earned First Team All-State and First Team All-Eastern Kansas League honors last season.
“This means a lot to me and my family,” Allegri said. “My mom and grandma didn’t attend college and for me to have the opportunity to play college basketball is what I have always dreamed about. I fell in love with UNCG on my visit as I instantly connected with the players and coaches. I think I fit perfectly into the type of system Coach Miller runs and I am excited to be joining the Spartan family.”
Allegri was a nominee for the Gatorade Player of the Year in the state of Kansas. He helped St. Thomas Aquinas post a 17-5 record as a junior and a second round showing the State Tournament. He played AAU basketball for the KC Run GMC and coach LJ Goolsby and Kenneth Green. He is the son of KarenMarie Allegri.
“Angelo’s professional approach allows him to be highly productive in all areas of life,” Roberto Bergersen (Link Year head coach) said. “On and off the court he leads by example with his effort and commitment. He carries himself with confidence but in a humble way. I look forward to seeing him in a UNCG uniform, working hard and showing the way to success. I am excited to hear about the positive impact he will have on the community in Greensboro.”
Abdulsalam is a 6-9, 260-pound forward from Atlanta, Ga., and will play his senior season at Link Year Prep School for coach Roberto Bergersen. He spent last season at Greenforest Christian Academy in Georgia for coach Larry Thompson. He averaged 12.0 points per game and 10.0 rebounds per game for the Eagles, helping them post a 27-5 record last season as a junior.
“From the moment I stepped on campus for my official visit, it was pretty much a wrap,” Abdulsalam said. “The love was genuine from the players, to the coaches, to the athletic director, the chancellor and the students. It was mind blowing. I feel like Coach Miller is piloting the Spartans towards something special and I just want to be a part of that.”
Abdulsalam played AAU basketball for the Georgia Stars/CPR and averaged 15.0 points per game and 12.0 rebounds per game. He is the son of Saka and Fatimah Abdulsalam.
“Everything about Big Mo is a joy,” Bergersen said. “His smile and energy fills every room and community he is a part of. On the court, he is a dominant force that plays with immense passion. His poise, feel for making plays on the floor and his uncanny touch around the rim make him a difficult cover. He has enlightened everyone here this year at Link Prep and we are looking forward to witnessing his impact on the UNCG community next year.”
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