Abrines (6-6, 190 pounds) spent the past season playing for F.C. Barcelona in Spain’s ACB League where he averaged 3.4 points and 1.1 rebounds in 11.0 minutes per game.
Presti responded to the rumblings from fans who were not as enthused about the selections as he was.
“We’ve never really looked outside for affirmation on our decision making,” Presti said. “I’ve always tried to focus on what builds an organization in the vision we’ve established. Most important to us is that we’re consistent with the things we think build the type of organization we want to have. Which is one that is identifiable within our community. One that is focused on the short term and the long term. We respect whatever might be said, but we are focused on our decision making.”