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Basketball: Georgia adds a pair of players from Divison 1 programs
The Bulldogs land two transfer in less than 24 hours
Georgia basketball has added two transfers over the last 24 hours.
First, Florida Atlantic University forward Jailyn Ingram announced he was transferring to Georgia on Sunday after spending the last five seasons in Boca Raton.
Then, news broke on Monday afternoon that Virginia’s Jabri Abdur-Rahim was going to be transferring to Georgia.
This is huge for head coach Tom Crean because since the season 2020-21 season concluded, the Bulldogs have lost four players to the transfer portal.
Recently, junior guard Tye Fagan signed with Ole Miss this past Friday. Toumani Camara committed to Dayton last week, while previously Christian Brown transferred to Tennessee State and Jaykwon Walton committed to Shelton State. All four of those players were a part of Georgia’s 2019 recruiting class, which ranked No. 11 nationally. Camara was the biggest loss because he’s the only player of the four to see a lot of playing time over the past two seasons.
Crean has added Ingram and Abdur-Rahim to fill two of those empty spots on the roster.
A native of Morgan County, which is about 30 minutes outside of Athens, Ingram is a great pickup for Georgia because he’s a shooter. During his tenure at FAU, he reached the 1,000-point mark. The 2021-22 season will be Ingram’s sixth season of Ingram’s career because he received a medical redshirt after suffering a season-ending ACL injury in 2018-19.
He appeared in 10 games that season and averaged 18.9 points per contest before getting hurt. Each season, Ingram’s productivity has improved as he’s been able to rack up 105 career starts, 1,334 career points and 630 career rebounds over the past couple of seasons. At 6-foot-7, the Bulldogs can lean on him to be a shooter or a rebounder down low.
Abdur-Rahim, who’s the son of former NBA great Shareef Abdur-Rahim and nephew of former UGA assistant Amir Abdur-Rahim, was a bench player for the Cavaliers last season. He appeared in eight games because was recovering from a knee injury that occurred during his senior year at Blair Academy. Per 247Sports, Abdur-Rahim was a four-star and ranked the nation’s No. 38 overall prospect. He was also rated New Jersey’s No. 2 prospect.
In high school, Abdur-Rahim averaged 16.0 points per game and 8.7 rebounds. During the 2018-19 season, he led the Bucs to a 28-3 overall record and a state title while earning the award for New Jersey National Gatorade Player of the Year. Before his injury in 2019-20, Abdur-Rahim averaged nearly 32 points per game. He played prep ball with former UGA forward Anthony Edwards, who was drafted as the No. 1 overall pick in the 2020 NBA Draft. The 6-foot-5, 185-pound shooting forward should help Georgia out in the 3-point shooting department. Last season, the Bulldogs ranked No. 38 nationally in that category.