Alex Abreu wants to play college basketball again.
And he wants to play at the University of Akron.

He’s just not sure if that plan will work out.

“Hopefully I’ll go back to Akron,” Abreu said Monday, nearly a year after the star point guard was busted on marijuana trafficking charges and kicked off the team. “That’s the goal and the dream. I would love to come back.”

If not at Akron, then maybe at another Division I school, he said, or he could turn pro.

He made the comments before speaking in front of more than 80 elementary school kids, parents and volunteers gathered at the John R. Buchtel Community Learning Center as part of the second annual Shoot Basketballs Not People clinic.

The free event, put on by DJ Mr. King, Kenmore Youth Basketball League, Essentials Basketball Academy, MKU Athletics and Young Black Professionals Coalition, is designed to promote a positive activity and steer kids away from violence.

“We all make mistakes and it’s a matter of how you learn from them,” organizer Steve King said about Abreu’s appearance. “Some of these kids need to hear the story.”

It’s unclear whether Abreu would be welcomed back to the program or even permitted to return to the school. A voice mail left with a UA sports official was not immediately returned.

Abreu, 22, whose drug arrest in March 2013 for being one of the biggest marijuana dealers in town was national news, said he is doing temporary jobs, playing basketball at the YMCA to keep in shape and working with the Team Jam athletic ministry program.
He said he “accepted Jesus as my savior” while in jail and relies on his faith now in hard times.

In his brief talk, Abreu urged the kids to listen to their parents, get good grades and not become bullies.