With Abdur-Rahim, UVA ascends to top of recruiting rankings

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 SPORTS) -- With the addition of small forward Jabri Abdur-Rahim, Virginia's recruiting class is currently sitting where the Wahoos ended last basketball season -- at No. 1 in the country.

Abdur-Rahim's commitment on Wednesday pushed UVA's three-player class to the top of the 2020 class rankings on the recruiting website 247Sports.com. According to Rivals.com, the Cavaliers' class now sits at No. 2 nationally, behind Duke.

Those class rankings shift with every new player commitment, and as of Thursday afternoon, only a handful of the top 50 recruits had announced their school choice. Players in the class of 2020 can't sign a letter of intent until November.

Under head coach Tony Bennett, UVA has had one class finish the recruiting year ranked in the top 10 nationally -- the 2016 class, which included guards Kyle Guy, Ty Jerome and De'Andre Hunter, and forward Jay Huff, the nucleus of the Cavaliers' NCAA title team this season. That class finished at No. 7 nationally according to 247Sports, and No. 8 in the country according to Rivals.

A consensus four-star recruit ranked as the No. 41 player in the 2020 by Rivals and No. 44 player by 247Sports, Abdur-Rahim is the most highly-regarded player in the Cavaliers' recruiting class. He's joined by four-star point guard Reece Beekman, who committed to UVA last month, and three-star shooting guard Carson McCorkle, who committed last September.

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