Strategy Session: On To The Class Of 2021 For Virginia Men’s Basketball Recruiting

Ranked no. 28 in the nation in his class by, Abdur-Rahim boasts the second-highest ranking of any recruit in the Tony Bennett-era. Virginia basketball has landed four consensus 4-star recruits in the past two classes. ~ Photo courtesy of Abdur-Rahim’s Twitter account.

Seemingly in the blink of an eye (although it was just a shade under a month), the Virginia men’s basketball program filled out its 2020 Class. As of this writing, the Cavaliers’ recruiting haul – consensus 4-star point Reece Beekman (a player Tony Bennett pursued heavily since the summer of 2018), 3-star shooting guard Carson McCorkle (another player Bennett offered in the summer of 2018), and consensus 4-star Jabri Abdur-Rahim (Virginia offered this May and went full steam ahead this spring and summer) – is rated the no. 1 class in the country by 247Sports and is no. 2 by Rivals.

No scholarships remain for 2020. That obviously could change if there is attrition, but for now the focus shifts to recruiting the class of 2021 and beyond. Before taking a closer look at 2021, however, here is the latest on Virginia’s three rising senior pledges and their AAU season performances.

Jabri Abdur-Rahim, Guard/Forward, Playaz Club (N.J.)

The Playaz finished 2019 Nike EYBL session play with a 3-10 record, leaving them out of the 2019 Peach Jam. While UVA’s most recent class of 2020 pledge didn’t make the trek to North Augusta, South Carolina last week, he certainly made a strong impression in Atlanta, Indianapolis and Dallas, where EYBL “regular season” were held.

Abdur-Rahim, who is listed about 6’6” or 6’7” and weighs in at around 200 pounds, averaged 25.2 points per game in 13 EYBL games this spring. The Blair Academy (Blairstown, N.J.) rising senior made 104-of-261 shots (39.8%) including 28-of-91 (30.8%) from beyond the arc, and 91-of-120 free throws (75.8%). Abdur-Rahim posted over 20 points in seven of the 13 games, including outbursts of 41, 44 and 40 points. He scored 41 in a 7-point loss to the Texas Titans, who had the best record following session play and was led by 5-star guard Cade Cunningham.

In addition to scoring, Abdur-Rahim was productive on the boards, averaging eight rebounds per game. He had three double-double performances (points and rebounds). Abdur-Rahim also averaged 2.5 turnovers, 1.8 assists and 1.3 steals per game.

Abdur-Rahim performed well at the NBPA Top 100 Camp in Charlottesville last month, leading all scorers with 17 points per game. Up next for the Virginia commit is the 2019 USA Basketball Men’s Junior National Team July Minicamp, which takes place July 24-28 at the United States Olympic & Paralympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado. The 73-player roster features 15 gold medalists and includes 41 athletes who have taken part in a least one previous USA Basketball training camp. The roster includes known UVA class of 2021 target Trevor Keels.

Reece Beekman, Point Guard, Phenom University (WI), Nike EYBL

Beekman, who committed to the Hoos at the NBPA Top 100 Camp