Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
By ADAM ZAGORIAJabri Abdur-Rahim, the 6-foot-7 wing from Blair (N.J.) Academy, committed to reigning NCAA champion Virginia on Wednesday following his recent official visit to the school.
“I really enjoyed myself,” he said after the visit. “They made it clear I was a priority.”
He also considered Michigan, while UConn, Notre Dame and Louisville had also been involved.
“Coach [Tony] Bennett has been on me pretty hard throughout this whole process,” he said last week at Blair
Ranked No. 28 in the Class of 2020 by ESPN.com, Abdur-Rahim is the son of of former NBA standout and current G League President Shareef Abdur-Rahim.
“First of all, Jabri has proven to be a great teammate and community member,” Blair coach Joe Mantegna said. “I have really enjoyed coaching him. On the court, he is a highly skilled three-level scorer. He is trending upward in every facet of the game and approaches his improvement with an impressive growth mindset. That said with added strength, and a few more years of experience, the sky is the limit on terms of his potential.”
Abdur-Rahim joins point guard Reece Beekman and shooting guard Carson McCorkle in Virginia’s 2020 class.
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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.
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He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.