Monday morning, it was announced that the highly-regarded Virginia freshman guard Jabri Abdur-Rahim will enter the transfer portal with four remaining years of eligibility.
The New Jersey native entered UVA as the #28-ranked prospect nationally, according to ESPN. In high school, he was named to the New Jersey All-State First Team and All-Mid-Atlantic Prep League Second Team. With a 6-foot-7 wingspan, Jabri is the son of former NBA All-Star and current president of the NBA G League, Shareef Abdur-Rahim.
In his first season at Virginia, Abdur-Rahim played only 32 minutes over the course of eight games, scoring seven total points. He has not stepped onto the court since the Cavaliers’ loss to Florida State. Given this lack of playing time at Virginia, Abdur-Rahim will likely look for a program that will give him more opportunities on the court.
When Jabri committed to UVA, he had over 30 offers, including from Arizona, Florida, Kansas, Louisville, and Michigan State. His former final five consisted of Louisville, Michigan, Notre Dame, UConn, and Virginia. While it is not yet confirmed whether Jabri will indeed leave the Hoos, he has a wide range of options, and it is likely that the Cavaliers will lose one of their top 2020 recruits. Jabri’s departure, less than a week after Casey Morsell entered the transfer portal, would create significant challenges for the Cavaliers’ long-term offensive strength.