One of the top 2020 prospects at the USA Basketball Junior National Team Minicamp is a player with a last name who suggests he can play.
Jabri Abdur-Rahim, a 6-foot-6, 180-pound wing from Short Hills (N.J.) Seton Hall Prep, is the son of former NBA All-Star Shareef Abdur-Rahim.
“I think I utilize my size very well,” Abdur-Rahim said. “I play shooting guard at my size and a lot of people I go against are 6-2 or 6-3. I try to use my size to my advantage and shoot over smaller guys and disrupt them on defense.
“I need to get better at finishing with my left hand and moving without the ball.”
Jabri has received plenty of advice from his father, who has 20 years of experience as a player, coach and executive in the NBA.
“He tells me to stay focused and to never get caught up in the hype,” the younger Abdur-Rahim said. “He tells me to keep getting better because everyone can always improve.”
Abdur-Rahim holds two offers in Texas A&M and Rutgers, and broke down what he likes about each of them.
Texas A&M: “I like the competitive nature and the way they play defense. I like their culture in general. My uncle (Amir Abdur-Rahim) coaches there.”
Rutgers: “I like their coaches, I like the way they play and I like their campus.”
With Shareef being the 3rd overall pick in the 1996 NBA Draft out of Cal, it’s no surprise that the Golden Bears are also involved in Jabri’s recruitment.
“I’m originally from California and we just moved to New Jersey,” Jabri said. “I’ve always pictured myself moving back to California. I know coach (Tracy) Webster really well and my dad went to Cal.”
Player development will be important in Jabri’s decision.
“My main goal is to get to the NBA,” he said. “I want to get better in college and get to the NBA, however long it takes.”