Jabri Abdur-Rahim talks “genuine” Tony Bennett, expectations for Virginia

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Jabri Abdur-Rahim
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Last year’s New Jersey Gatorade Player of the Year Jabri Abdur-Rahim made his commitment to the University of Virginia over the summer.

Landing prospects like Jabri will always take a head coach that they trust and will want to play for. Players can connect with the coaching staff but it likely won’t work without some kind of connection with the head coach.

Jabri was a guest on the debut episode of The Front Office podcast and was asked about his Virginia decision, expectations playing for the reigning national champions after his encore season at Blair Academy, and his thoughts on Virginia head coach Tony Bennett.

Abdur-Rahim described his future coach as a “genuine person” and someone he could see himself losing with or going through hard times with.

Trust was a big factor for Jabri in picking a head coach. He praised the other coaches who recruited him but sees Bennett as someone who will be in his corner throughout and even after his college career.

Jabri talked more with The Front Office crew about other topics including his goals for this season, not taking his foot off the gas, being the son of NBA legend Shareef Abdur-Rahim, and more.

The full conversation can be found at the 21:10 mark on the full episode below.

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Martin is the Founder, Chief Editor, and Head Skills Development Trainer for Basketball Society. Martin has work experience in digital media, radio, and journalism. He started a basketball blog and internet radio show in 2013 on Blog Talk Radio. Martin previously hosted the Knightcap show for WCTC 1450 AM covering the Rutgers Men's Basketball team. He has been featured as a writer on sites such as Def Pen, TV Film News, and All Hip-Hop. 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) in 2012. Martin was a four-year starter and a 1,000-point scorer at EU and a 1st-Team All-MAC Conference performer. Follow Mart on Twitter @Marsoaries and on Instagram @martin_soaries

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