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New in Blue: Muhammad Ali Abdur-Rahkman

April 19th, 2014 by Justin Potts


Muhammed Ali Abdur-Rahkman(Kevin Mingora, Morning Call)

Muhammad Ali Abdur-Rahkman – SG | 6-4, 180 | Allentown, Pa. | Central Catholic HS
ESPN: 2-star, #101 SG Rivals: 3-star 247: 3-star, #381 nationally Scout: NR
Other top offers: Bucknell, Drexel, George Mason, Harvard, Lehigh, Robert Morris, VCU

Just a few days removed from the departure announcements of Nik Stauskas and Glenn Robinson III, John Beilein picked up a commitment from shooting guard Muhammad Ali Abdur-Rahkman. The 6’4″, 180-pounder out of Allentown, Pa. doesn’t hold a great offer list, but as Beilein has proven time and again that’s nothing to worry about. He obviously saw enough from Abdur-Rahkman to warrant an offer when the guard visited Ann Arbor this weekend and it was accepted. He announced his commitment on Twitter.

Abdur-Rahkman averaged 23.6 points, 4.1 assists, and 6.2 rebounds per game for Catholic Central High School and set the school’s career scoring record. He became the first four-time Pennsylvania Lehigh Valley all-state selection when was named to the PIAA Class AAA first-team following his senior season.

“He’s a complete player,” said Catholic Central head coach Dennis Csencsits. “Not only does he lead us in scoring but he leads us in assists, he is a very good rebounder, so he is a really well-rounded player. Very smart, very savvy basketball player.”

Caris LeVert hosted Abdur-Rahkman on his visit and the latter will hope to follow a similar development process as his host. LeVert was also a lightly-recruited late addition to a Beilein class, and after a year learning the ropes, broke out as a sophomore, earning All-Big Ten second-team honors. He now figures to be the team leader in 2014-15. Abdur-Rahkman will serve as LeVert’s backup next season, coming off the bench to spell the will-be junior for a few minutes a game while working on his own development.

Earlier this week, he told Scout’s Sam Webb, “I’m more of a facilitator…get in the lane, drive and kick (and) find the big guys inside. I can play defense. I’m a good defender. I can shoot a little bit, (but) I need to get better. Dribbling better, but need to get better. Midrange is pretty good.”

Abdur-Rahkman joins Kameron Chatman, D.J. Wilson, Ricky Doyle, and Austin Hatch in the incoming class. With one scholarship remaining, there’s still a chance for another addition. Beilein also extended an offer this weekend to shooting guard Aburey Dawkins, the son of former Duke star and current Stanford head coach Johnny Dawkins, so stay tuned for a possible commitment from him. In addition, if Mitch McGary opts to follow Stauskas and Robinson III to the NBA, another scholarship will open up and Beilein will likely target a big man.