Abt could follow in Hibbert's footsteps

Four years after Indiana Pacers center Roy Hibbert graduated from Georgetown Prep (North Bethesda, Md.), coach Dwayne Bryant has another promising young big man in Taylor Abt, who is getting ready for the Class of 2011.

The 6-foot-8, 205-pound Abt is a skilled, agile forward who played a key role as a reserve while a sophomore on the Little Hoya's 17-7 team in 2008-09.

"Taylor has a lot of potential," Bryant said in a previous interview. "He is a good athlete and has a good feel for the game. He has a chance to be a very special player for us. He definitely has Division I potential. We are definitely glad to have him at Prep for two more years."

Abt appears ready to have a breakout junior year in the Interstate Athletic Conference for Bryant and the Little Hoyas after showing promise during AAU ball with Team Takeover.

"I thought I played OK last year," Abt told ESPNRISE.com before a Georgetown Prep Summer League game. "I got to play behind a good senior player, and I learned the ropes and tried to just develop my game and learn as the year went on."

Abt said he is working hard this summer to get ready for his junior year.

"I consider myself a forward, not a center, so I'm working on my ballhandling and shooting. I shoot the ball pretty well already, but I want to improve my range and also improve my post moves inside," Abt said. "I'm working with a personal trainer on my strength and conditioning. I know I need to get stronger to be more effective as a defender, rebounder and post scorer."

Abt said that he has not given a lot of thought as to where he might want to play college basketball, although he said he is a fan of two local colleges: the University of Maryland and Georgetown University.

James Quinn covers high school basketball for MDVarsity.com