“It’s a lot of overseas players and NBA players who come here and workout,” Abrams said. “So I feel like why wouldn’t I follow in their footsteps if that is where I feel like I can be one day — at least playing overseas or somewhere.”
According to Abrams, Travis Leslie, a Columbia High alum who played in the NBA and now plays overseas, also attends the Atlanta Sports Complex along with others who make a living abroad.
Abrams’ brother Terry, who also spends time at the gym, suggested Jonathan do the same and Abrams said he already recognizes another benefit of this decision.
“The first thing they told me when I came in here is that it is way different working out with somebody like a personal trainer than it is working out by yourself,” Abrams said. “Naturally I feel like they are going to push you hard.
“When you are by yourself, you may be on cruise control sometimes and think you are working hard but really not going as hard as somebody else can push you. I think working with some people who actually know what they are talking about is making me better.”
During his final season as a point guard at Berry College in 2013, Abrams averaged a team-high 15 points and nearly two steals a game, while shooting 36 percent from 3-point range.
“It was definitely a learning experience,” Abrams said. “Naturally, as a little kid when you’re watching basketball players you think it’s natural talent. You don’t realize how much comes behind the scenes. How you got to stay after practice and work on your jump shot so when it comes to the game you can perform and hit those shots.”
Abrams said this training period has been all about conditioning and handling the basketball better until he travels to Germany this month for a lengthy tryout.
“I feel like majority of my basketball skills and my game is based off endurance,” Abrams said.