Jabri Abdur-Rahim, who has emerged certainly as one of head coach Tony Bennett’s top remaining targets – perhaps the top remaining target – in the class of 2020, reportedly has scheduled an official visit to the University of Virginia next weekend (June 28-30).
Virginia’s 2020 Class consists of two backcourt commitments in Louisiana point guard Reece Beekman and North Carolina shooting guard Carson McCorkle. Bennett appears to want a combo forward-type with the last remaining scholarship. He offered the 6’7”, 205-pound Abdur-Rahim this past May and has shown consistently high interest according to the Blair Academy (Blairstown, N.J.) star.
“They’ve been on me really, really hard, especially these last couple months,” Abdur-Rahim said of UVa while in Charlottesville last week for the 2019 NBPA Top 100 Camp. (Click hereClick hereClick here to view the entire EDGE article on Jabri.) “I really like how they played in the championship game. They’ve definitely been one of the more consistent schools to reach out to me on a more consistent basis. They’ve just been telling me I can come in and be an elite defender, and that’s what he sees me, kind of filling in a De’Andre Hunter type role, so I really like what he’s saying.”
A snippet from TheSabre.com Editor Kris Wright on Abdur-Rahim in his Observations From The NBPA Top 100 EDGE feature: “Long story short: if you’re looking for something that looks like a plug-and-play future option in the De’Andre Hunter mold, this is your guy in this class. It’s not hard to picture him in those spots at all.”
Abdur-Rahim averaged 15.3 points, 7.1 rebounds and 1.2 steals per game last season on a Blair Academy squad that compiled a 22-4 record. The 2019 New Jersey Gatorade Player of the Year led the Top 100 Camp in scoring at 17.3 points per game over six games, shot 47.7% overall from the field including 50.0% from 3-point range, and made 84.8% of his free throws.
In addition to Virginia, Abdur-Rahim boasts offers from Arizona, Michigan, UCLA and Villanova, among many others. This will be the first official visit of his recruiting process.
Virginia has made Abdur-Rahim a priority. In fact, Bennett is expected at Blair Academy to see the star prospect this weekend for a high school evaluation event. I don’t think there is any question that Coach Bennett would love next weekend’s official to end with a commitment. However, if Abdur-Rahim does not commit and the coaches have a bad feeling about where they stand, the fact that the visit comes when it does is beneficial because it allows the staff to focus heavily on other potential wing targets next month, when there are two more evaluation times – an AAU evaluation period as well as an NCAA youth development camp.