Remember Shareef Abdur-Rahim? Of course you do. The Cal Bears legend turned super-athletic NBA journeyman retired from the sport in 2008 after a career that included stops in the Olympics and on All-Star teams. Along the way he had a son named Jabri, who is now 12-years-old.
Let’s just say that the basketball talent doesn’t fall far from the tree in the Abdur-Rahim family.
As noted by our USA Today Sports Media Group friends at The Big Lead, Jabri Abdur-Rahim recently took the floor in the annual John Lucas Camp and absolutely crushed everyone in his wake. There are no official height and weight stats available for the younger Abdur-Rahim yet, but he was clearly taller, larger and a bit longer than just about every other top 12-year-old invited to the event.
It wasn’t just the size advantage that made Adbur-Rahim stand out, though. It was also his general athleticism and playmaking ability. He rose up for ferocious blocks, ran the floor, could handle the ball on the break and made tough finishes in the lane.
All-in-all, he looks like a remarkably refined basketball player for a 14 or 15-year-old … and he’s only 12.
Perhaps we should all have expected this, given his roots. That doesn’t really matter. What does is that Jabri Abdur-Rahim looks like a serious player that we’ll be hearing much more from for awhile.