Blair Academy’s Jabri Adbur-Rahim Named Finalist for NJ Gatorade Player of the Year

Jabri Abdur-Rahim

Class of 2020 forward Jabri-Abdur Rahim of Blair Academy has been named a finalist for the New Jersey Gatorade Player of the Year, as reported by Jake Weingarten of Prep Hoops.

Jabri is a prime prospect as a 6’5 wing with pure shooting touch, quickness, and smooth handle. His physical frame mixed with his skill set makes him a matchup nightmare. He plays elusive yet at his own pace, which reflects on his 50 percent field goal shooting this season. Hitting the boards for seven per game is also attractive.

I saw him early in the season where he was a standout at the PSA Prep Showcase in Pottstown, PA and the Hoop Group Tip-Off Showcase in Elizabeth, NJ.

Blair’s team featured other high-tier senior talents, such as Marquette signee Dexter Akanmo and UPenn commit Jordan Dingle. The sum of their parts made them a state championship team, and Jabri’s individual ability stood out as one of the best in New Jersey this season.

Jabri told me via text, “The season was great we had a goal and we accomplished it everyone got better and came together at the end. As far as the (Gatorade) nomination goes it’s really a great blessing to see all my hard work paying off but I owe most of the credit to my teammates and coaches for pushing me and constantly putting me in places to be successful”.

Last year’s Gatorade Player of the Year in New Jersey was Hudson Catholic’s Jahvon Quinerly, now at Villanova.

Jabri currently has warm interest from the likes of Villanova, Harvard, Georgia, and Michigan, according to 247 Sports. He’s ranked no. 38 on ESPN’s Player Ranking for the class of 2020.

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Martin is the Founder, Chief Editor, and Head Skills Development Trainer for Basketball Society. He has work experience in digital media and marketing, radio, and journalism. Currently, he does freelance work as a videographer and content creator. He has been featured as a writer on sites such as Def Pen, TV Film News, All Hip-Hop, and more. Martin played high school basketball at South Brunswick High School (NJ) where he graduated in 2007. He is a 1,000-point scorer at SBHS and an All-Middlesex County performer as a 3-year varsity starter. He helped lead SBHS to their first-ever Central Jersey Group 4 sectional state championship in 2007. Martin played college basketball at Eastern University, where he graduated (BA, Communications) in 2012. Martin was a four-year starter and a 1,000-point scorer at EU. Follow Martin on Twitter @Marsoaries and on Instagram @martin_soaries


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