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Hamilton Heights' Ado Makes Meteoric Rise Up Recruiting Charts 5pt;">Even then, as a 13 year old boy, Ado stood out in a crowd. He was "like 6 7 or 6 8" and the coach had an eye for youngsters who were taller than their peers.But Ado was a futbol player and had no clue about the rules of basketball.Rather bluntly, Ado told the coach what he thought about playing hoops."I said, 'I know basketball is mainly for girls and I don't want to play a girls' sport," Ado recalled during an interview on Wednesday at a downtown coffee shop. "I wanted to play a man's sport and that was futbol. nike hoodie The main said he would teach me basketball and that if I didn't like it fine. I told him I would practice with his team the next day."Ado showed up the following day and was introduced to a new sport that, unknown to him at the time, could wind up taking him all the way to the lucrative world of professional basketball in the three to five years.For Ado, it was Basketball 101 pure and simple."I didn't have shoes," Ado told the coach. "The coach asked me where my shoes were. I said, 'I told you I never played basketball before. I'm just here to see if I would like it.' nike quarter socks So, I played flat footed without shoes. When I got home nike q nightclub I had all these blisters on my feet. My feet were bad that day."Now a rising junior at Hamilton Heights Christian Academy, Ado is making a meteoric climb on the national recruiting scene just Wednesday ESPN ranked him No. 38 on its list of Top 60 prospects in the 2016 class with a four star (out of five) rating."That's a blessing," Ado said. "I thank God for everything. Without my family, especially my mom (Amina), I wouldn't be where I'm at now. My mom has seen me play one time in Nigeria. Even though she's a sports person, she didn't have time because she was always taking care of her kids."Ado has an older brother and younger sister.Big time schools like Louisville, Ohio State, Tennessee, South Florida, UConn, Princeton and Memphis already have shown serious interest in the 6 foot 11 post player, who has the potential to become the top rated big man in America by the time he graduates from Hamilton Heights, a small Christian school in Chattanooga.Vanderbilt saw Ado play once and made a scholarship offer a week later.Tennessee's new head coach, Donnie Tyndall, wasted no time putting the Vols' name in the Ado recruiting hat with a second offer. Louisville assistant Kenny Johnson told Zach Ferrell, Ado's Hamilton Heights coach, the Cardinals wanted the Hawks' big man to set up a visit when coach Rick Pitino was on campus.Greg Paulus, former point guard at Duke and now an assistant at Ohio State, has made the Buckeyes' early pitch for Ado to Ferrell.There will be more many more such offers in the months to come.That's a remarkable, stunning amount of interest for Ado, who has played one full season of high school basketball and two summers with AAU teams.For the 2014 15 season, Hamilton Heights with Ado serving as the biggest attraction, although the Hawks have other talented players that includes fellow Nigerians Ezekiel Balogun and Silas Adheke will be major drawing cards at regular season games and tournaments.All three players from Nigeria will take unofficial visits to Middle Tennessee State University on Friday and Vanderbilt two days later.The Hawks have scheduled a strong schedule for next season, including games against national powers Oak Hill Academy, Arlington Country Day and Huntington Prep.Games such as those, plus many others on the slate, are sure to pull in hoards of college recruiters and Ferrell, along with Hamilton Heights headmaster Duke Stone, are gearing up for the huge spotlight will put on their basketball program."Mr. Stone and I are coming up with solid plans for preseason and regular season games that can accommodate a lot of attention and coaches so Abdul won't be overwhelmed by the process."Abdul is doing well handling the attention. He's staying humble, staying grounded and is appreciative for it. I think it has helped his confidence. He's very thankful for all of this."What exactly is "all of this?"Ado has been invited to the Nike Elite 100 Basketball Camp at St. Louis University in mid June. He will leave St. Louis on June 14 and fly to France with the USA Elite National Under 20 team at the World Championships on June 18 23.He played AAU ball with the Georgia Elite last summer and was a main cog for the Georgia Stars a Nike sponsored team playing on a Nike circuit in their drive to winning tournaments in Hampton, Va., and Suwanee, Ga., that catapulted the team into a No. 1 national 16 under ranking in two polls IndiHoops and Five Star Basketball.Ado helped was named to the Bob Gibbons Tournament of Champions All Tournament team in May. Also, after competing at the Big Shots Southern Shootout in March, Ado and Balogun, a 6 6 junior, were named Top 40 prospects.