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Jabri Abdur-Rahim says five schools working hardest
By ADAM ZAGORIABLAIRSTOWN, N.J. — Jabri Abdur-Rahim didn’t have to travel far to play in front of a group of high-major basketball coaches.
The 6-foot-7 wing from Blair Academy is hosting a Who’s Who of head coaches this weekend in his own gym as part of Blair’s Mid-Atlantic Independent School Shootout, one of the first June recruiting events focused on high school teams under the new Division 1 recruiting calendar.
Virginia’s Tony Bennett, Michigan’s Juwan Howardand UConn’s Dan Hurley were all on hand for Abdur-Rahim on Saturday, while Notre Dame’s Mike Brey is expected Sunday. Abdur-Rahim said those four schools — along with Louisville — have made him a “priority.” Kentucky assistant Tony Barbee also made an appearance at Blair’s first game.
“I think a lot of head coaches were here so they reached out and told me I’m really important to them,” Abdur-Rahim said.
“I think it’s great, we get a lot more structure and control,” he said of the new June structure. “It’s a lot more similar to the college game so it’s good for them to see that.”
He broke down his top schools:
Virginia: “I’m taking an official there next week. I’m taking it next week, I’m looking forward to that. Coach Bennett has been on me pretty hard throughout this whole process.”
UConn: “Coach Dan Hurley, we’ve been in contact a lot.”
Michigan: “I’m probably going to take an official there at the end of the summer, looking forward to that for sure.”
Notre Dame: “Notre Dame’s been on me pretty hard, they’ve been at most of my games. They’ve been in contact a lot.”
Louisville: “Louisville has recently reach out, they’ve been on me really, really hard.”
Kentucky (which hasn’t offered): “They would just be another school. I appreciate the interest. I would look into it and do my homework on it. I would approach it like I would any other school.”
Abdur-Rahim said he has no timetable on a decision.
“I don’t have one,” he said. “Obviously, it’s a really big decision so I’m going to take my time with this one.”
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Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013.
He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.