Welcome to Senior Send-Off! This is a series where we highlight the seniors that we covered or watched extensively throughout their senior season. Check out our Instagram to see the graphics and phone backgrounds made for each player.
What does he bring?
Jabri Abdur-Rahim is a unique talent, especially when it comes to scoring. His size and fluidity make for the perfect outline of an elite scorer. He makes things happen from all three levels on offense with his versatility. Smooth shooting touch and top-notch handle give him all the makings of an impact player on the next level. He’s a former Gatorade Player of the Year in New Jersey, and even though he missed most of his senior season due to injury, he’s hungry to prove his worth.
What can we expect from UVA?
Words from our own College Writer TJ Oxley
In the middle of January people were questioning whether Tony Bennett and the Wahoos could even get a chance to make some noise in the postseason but UVA found its stride winning 11 of their last 12 in conference play and finishing in a three-way tie for 2nd. Heading into 2020-2021 UVA will need to ride the ending momentum from Khei Clark and Jay Huff.
Incoming freshman Jabri Abdur-Rahim could be the X-factor for the Cavaliers. His opportunities in Tony Bennett’s “blocker-mover” system could be similar to Ty Jerome’s usage off-ball coming around ball screens to attack and use his floater. The biggest need for this UVA team will be outside shooting as the 2018-2019 title team shot 39% from outside (7th nationally) and the 2019-2020 team finished at 30% (315th nationally).
Abdur-Rahim is going to bring all of the right things that the Cavaliers need next season. He may start off quiet due to returning from his foot injury, but expect him to make some serious noise as the season goes on!