The Virginia men's basketball program has added one of the top 50 players in the country to its latest recruiting class.
Jabri Abdur-Rahim, a consensus four-star small forward from New Jersey and the son of former NBA forward Shareef Abdur-Rahim, announced his verbal commitment to UVA on Wednesday night. Rivals rates Abdur-Rahim as the No. 41 player in the class of 2020, and the No. 11 small forward in the class. Abdur-Rahim is ranked as the No. 44 overall player and No. 11 small forward by 247Sports.
According to Brad Franklin, publisher of UVA recruiting site CavsCorner.com, Abdur-Rahim brings scoring to the Cavaliers' 2020 recruiting class.
"With his size and length, he's able to score in bunches and he's one of the best finishers in the class," Franklin said. "This is a kid who led Top 100 Camp in scoring and was putting up like 25 points per game on Nike's EYBL circuit. But he's also a savvy player with an NBA pedigree who carries a confidence level in himself that is rarely dialed down."
Listed at 6-6 and 180 pounds, Abdur-Rahim chose UVA from a list of 29 scholarship offers that also included Michigan, Villanova, Michigan State, Louisville and NC State. According to Franklin, Abdur-Rahim returned to John Paul Jones Arena a few weeks after playing at the NBPA Top 100 Camp to make an official visit to UVA.
Abdur-Rahim is the third member of the Cavaliers' 2020 recruiting class, joining four-star point guard Reece Beekman and three-star shooting guard Carson McCorkle.
"I love the class Tony Bennett and company have put together in 2020," Franklin said. "In Abdur-Rahim, who we have No. 41 overall, UVA has a prolific scorer. In Beekman, the Wahoos have a point guard who can do it all, which includes playing with a great feel. And McCorkle has continued to expand his game into being more than just an elite shooter. He's also become more physical off the bounce this spring and summer. As a trio, they fit really well together and give UVA an outstanding haul."