One of Michigan basketball’s top targets for the 2020 recruiting class announced he will make his decision Wednesday. Here’s why it’s bad news for UM.
Abdur-Rahim has long been a target of Michigan basketball and got an offer way back from John Beilein, which was later extended again by new head coach Juwan Howard.
Howard even spent time during the last evaluation period watching and visiting Abdur-Rahim alongside assistant coach Howard Eisley. Yet, despite some solid connections to the Michigan staff, Abdur-Rahim appears to be leaning Virginia especially after announcing that he would commit Wednesday.
announcing my college decision tmrw, stay tuned🙏🏽
— Jabri (@jabri404) July 9, 2019
The 6-foot-5 small forward has really come on lately and is fresh off an impressive performance at the NBAPA Top 100 camp last month. He was one of the top 3-point shooters at the event and definitely opened some eyes.
The New Jersey product is the No. 44 player overall in the country according to the 247 sports composite rankings and he’s the 11th-best small forward, as well as the top player in his home state.
While Michigan basketball seemed to gain some momentum with Abdur-Rahim recently and even received a crystal ball prediction from Dain Ervin of Basketball Reports at 247 sports, but since then and following a visit to Virginia June 27th, it has been all Cavaliers.
Virginia has been given five crystal ball predictions in regards to Abdur-Rahim in the last eight days, including one from Brian Snow, a top recruiting expert on Tuesday.
Jabri Abdur-Rahim continues to rack up offers. The Jersey native has interest from Virginia, Michigan, Villanova, Michigan State, Arizona, and Louisville, amongst other top programs.@jabri404 pic.twitter.com/NLPmobXRj5
— B/R Hoops (@brhoops) June 19, 2019
Of course, Michigan isn’t the only team in the hunt for Abdur-Rahim, who has picked up steam on the trail with his play in recent months. Others that have offered him include Michigan State, Villanova, Arizona and Louisville.
However, after just visiting the defending national champions a couple of weeks ago, it seems one of the top wings in the 2020 class has made his decision and there really is no indication that it could be Michigan or any other team.
Never say never in recruiting, but when it comes to Abdur-Rahim, it feels almost like a sure thing that he will wind up with Virginia.