Largo forward Abdulai Bundu’s game is quick and explosive. Give him the ball near the paint with a little space in front of him and he’ll fill it without a second’s hesitation, choosing his path to the basket, selecting his dunk of choice, and slamming home two points in a flash — often before the fans or defense can process what happened.
But when it came to picking his college path, Bundu moved slowly and methodically — no need to blow past anyone for a choice like that. He sat down with Largo Coach Lewis Howard and rated each aspect of each school that offered him on a scale of 1 to 3. He weighed the positives of suitors such as Saint Peter’s and Towson, Rider, LIU-Brooklyn and Kennesaw State. By the end, Quinnipiac was the clear move in his view, so he committed.
“I felt like it was the best fit for me,” Bundu said. “I liked the school and the coaches and in academics, they had the program I was looking for. So it was the best fit.”
Bundu wants to study sports medicine, one of the Hamden, Conn., school’s most prominent programs, and a main factor in the 6-foot-8 forward’s decision.
“I’ve known for a couple years I wanted to study sports medicine,” Bundu said. “It’s something I’m interested in and seems like there would be a lot of opportunities in it.”
Basketball-wise, Bundu says the Bobcats coaches are happy to have him begin his career with them at his high-school honed, natural power forward position. Many interested schools wanted to shift Bundu to the three, a swingman type role that would require him to develop his jump shot and ball-handling skills even more. He says Quinnipiac hopes to move him in that direction eventually, too — a move he will be ready for, as Howard’s offense often gave Bundu the ball away from the basket late last season, and the forward has worked on his ball-handling and jump shot to increase his versatility.
Bundu averaged 25 points and 12 rebounds per game for Largo last season.
NUMBER CRUNCH: 0
Players in Prince George’s County who outscored Bundu in the 2013-14 season.
— Remember the Titans? Petey Jones does. He was portrayed in the movie and is a part of the T.C. Williams community to this day.
— It took double overtime, but Bethesda-Chevy Chase knocked off No. 5 Wootton in a big Montgomery County field hockey matchup.
— Churchill beat No. 6 Damascus in crucial MoCo volleyball showdown yesterday.
— Northwest rose to the top spot in the Post’s Top 20 rankings this week. See where everyone else falls as we hit the home stretch.
— And here’s where area coaches think those teams should rank.
— Forestville remained unbeaten with a one-score win over Surrattsville this past weekend, setting up battle of PG County unbeatens Saturday
PHOTOS OF THE DAY:
Check out these pictures from the B-CC field hockey team’s big win over No. 5 Wootton.
WHAT TO WATCH FOR:
Two showdowns of ranked teams in girls’ soccer take place today. No. 9 Bishop Ireton hosts No. 4 Good Counsel, and No. 2 Whitman visits No. 1 Churchill.