Jabri Abdur-Rahim, one of the top 2020 prospects in the country, tells Prep Circuit he has committed to the University of Virginia. The Blair Academy (NJ) standout picked the Cavaliers over the Michigan Wolverines. When it came down to it, Abdur-Rahim felt the most comfortable with Head Coach Tony Bennett and his coaching staff.
“It’s a staff that I felt the most comfortable with and it’s a place that will help me succeed on the college level,” said Abdur-Rahim. “They are a winning program and its somewhere I can reach my ultimate goal of playing in the NBA.”
Tony Bennett’s pro-development and his winning culture was another factor in Abdur-Rahim’s decision.
“I saw that Tony Bennett had a lot of success with winning and getting players to where they want to go,” he said. “The development there speaks for itself and he has a bunch of guys who are getting to the NBA and staying in the NBA. Virginia has a winning culture and I love to win.”
He knew he found his college home during his official visit. Tony Bennett spoke to him about the opportunity at hand and from then on he saw himself on thriving on and off the court.
“He told me that I can come and be a part of something special,” he said. “He thinks that I can be really special and he told me that it is a good opportunity for me. On my visit, I felt really comfortable with everything and I made my decision.
“On my visit, I really could envision myself there on and off the court,” Abdur-Rahim said. “The relationship I developed with Coach Bennett and his staff really put me over the top and helped me make the decision.”
The Virginia coaching staff gave him a comparison to one of the players they did the best job developing in Atlanta Hawks forward DeAndre Hunter.
“The biggest comparison they made with DeAndre Hunter was his play defensively,” he said. “DeAndre is a guy who can guard multiple positions and they see me getting to that point in becoming a really good defender.”