Kale Abrahamson commits to NU

Kale Abrahamson, of Valley High School in West Des Moines, Iowa, committed to Northwestern on Tuesday.

The 6-7, 190-pound senior forward chose the Wildcats over Boston College, Creighton, Harvard, Iowa, Nebraska and Stanford.

"It was a good fit," Abrahamson said. "Academically, athletically, I really felt I could be successful. It just felt right and thought I should pull the trigger."

Abrahamson is the 40th-ranked small forward in the Class of 2012 by ESPN. He averaged 22 points last season.

"I think they're getting a perimeter player with good size, and at the end of the day, he's at this level because of his shooting," ESPN senior basketball recruiting analyst Dave Telep said. "I don't think he's afraid to take big shots. He has to work on his ball handling, his mid-range and getting more to the basket. I think there's reason to believe he'll play as a freshman."

Abrahamson thought he could help replace Northwestern forward John Shurna, who will graduate after next season.

"They've showed me how they've used John Shurna in the past years, and how he's continued to do good things," Abrahamson said. "I think they wanted me in that position that he fills. I don't want to compare myself to him because he's done great things. Once he graduates, they'll need someone to fill that wing spot."

Abrahamson is Northwestern's third Class of 2012 commitment. He joins small forward Sanjay Lumpkin, who committed on Friday, and center Alex Olah in the recruiting class.

Scott Powers covers high school and college sports for ESPNChicago.com and can be reached at spowers@espnchicago.com.