The 2023-24 NCAA D-1 Mens Basketball season tips off tonight. From now until March, some players will become stars and some will grow their stardom. This offseason, the transfer portal was very busy. It included 3x All-Big Ten honoree, Michigan F/C Hunter Dickinson taking his talents to Lawrence, Kansas to become a Jayhawk.
There is a fellow Big 12 transfer, that if you don’t know his name, you should make yourself familiar. This 6 foot/175 pound guard made a big jump. Going from the Summit League Conference at Oral Roberts, to the Big 12 at the University Of Texas. His name, Max Abmas (pronounced Ace-Miss). Let me help you get to know the 5th-year Senior from Rockwall, Texas.
Oral Roberts Legend
For the first 4 seasons of his college career, Abmas attended Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Oklahoma. During his time as a Golden Eagle, he helped lead them to two NCAA tournament berths (2021,2023), including a “Cinderella” Sweet 16 appearance in 2021. Abmas’ Sophomore season (2020-21) was his breakout year. His ability to score from anywhere led him to become the Nation’s leading scorer in D-1 (24.5 PPG). The accolades came rolling in. Including Summit League Player of the Year,CBS Sports All-America Third Team and AP All-America Honorable Mention, just to name a few. Not to mention, scoring his 1,000th point that season as well.
The new Longhorn, left a mark in Tulsa. He leaves the private Christian University, an ORU Legend. His name sits 10th in All-Time Points (1,819) and 4th in 3-Pointers made (301).
The Nation Is Taking Notice
Ever since that “Cinderella” Sweet 16 run, Abmas’ has slowly garnered more and more national attention. Last season, he started the season with his name on the Preseason Wooden Award watch list. Gaining another Summit League Player of the Year award as well. Averaging 21.9 PPG, 4.4 RPG, and 4.0 APG with 43.6% FG. At 6 foot tall, getting almost 5 RPG is pretty impressive.
At the start of this season, Texas is ranked #18 in the AP Poll. According to CBS Sports, they have the #9 best player in the country in Max Abmas. Being at a Power 5 conference school, gives the chance for more people to see how good of a player he is. Maybe being at a school in his home state, will push his play to another level somehow.
If you don’t know the name Max Abmas, he will let you know why you should.