Late in the third quarter of Tuesday night’s 69-68 victory over No. 4 Paul VI, Gonzaga junior Bradley Jacks missed a transition layup. Before the Panthers could capitalize on the wasted opportunity, junior Jordan Abdur-Ra’oof swooped in from behind, cramming the ball through the cylinder with his right hand.
Playing for the area’s top-ranked team, Abdur-Ra’oof is content to let the spotlight fall on All-Met forward Kris Jenkins, but the 6-foot-7 forward continues to show that he can fill up a highlight reel, too. (Check out the 44-second mark of Branden Roth's video package below for proof.)
College coaches have certainly taken notice. Abdur-Ra’oof said he currently holds offers from George Washington, Brown and Kennesaw State. He has had interest from several other top academic schools, including Stanford, Davidson, Bucknell and Cornell.
“His recruiting has really picked up because his game has really picked up,” Coach Steve Turner said. “He’s kind of made himself a more versatile face-up four right now, and he’s still trying to work towards maybe being more of a wing player. He’s shooting the ball really well, which is showing everybody he’s stepped to the next level.”
Abdur-Ra’oof — whose father Aziz played football at Maryland — has averaged 9.2 points per game for the Eagles, usually working in the post as the team’s tallest regular starter. He finished with nine points and four rebounds against Paul VI, playing before a contingent of college coaches that included GW’s Mike Lonergan, Penn State’s Pat Chambers and Bucknell’s Dave Paulsen.
For his part, Abdur-Ra’oof said he prioritizes team goals over showcasing his expanding skill set for recruiters.
“Right now, I’m just trying to fill the role I need to fill on this team,” Abdur-Ra’oof said. “If we’re winning, I’m happy. If the colleges see what they need to see, then that’s good. But if they don’t, then oh well.”