A couple weeks ago, he trimmed a long list of schools in pursuit of him to five. Arizona, Duke, Georgia Tech, Miami and North Carolina remain in the mix, and he’s now set official visits to each school. Little broke down what stands out most about the programs still under consideration.
Georgia Tech(Visit: Aug. 26): “I like their personalities as coaches. I’ve been in touch with them for a long time. I’ve always had a really good relationship with them. It’s relatively close to home. I just like the feel there.”
North Carolina(Sept. 8): “It’s just been one of those schools I always watched growing up. My dad’s a Carolina fan. They just won the national championship. I had them winning that before the season. They have just always been a school I like to watch.”
Miami(Sept. 15): “I feel like I have a great opportunity to play early there. I connect really well with Coach [Jim]Larranaga. I really like the campus. The school is smaller like my school and that would help me focus.”
Arizona(Oct. 27): “For a program with that prestige that has been as dominant as they have to show that much attention really says a lot to me. I love the comparison of me toStanley Johnsonbecause he was a one-and-done, top 10 pick. He’s done that with my position multiple times, so that’s something really stood out to me.”
Duke(Nov. 10): “Coach Kis another one of those legendary coaches. They have a great history. My favorite player from last year wasJayson Tatumand he went there, and a few years agoJustice Winslowwas my favorite player on their championship team. They’ve put a lot of players in the League recently, especially at my position, so that’s something I look into.”
Little mentioned during July that he planned on waiting until after his high school season to make his final decision, but he’s taking all five official visits in time to sign early if he chooses.
“That’s still the plan,” Little said when asked if he still wants to sign late. “There is a chance I do a little bit earlier, but I’m not really sure. I decided to take my visits earlier because the way my school is set up, I didn’t want to miss stuff later in the year, and the possibility of playing in the McDonald’s All-American and the Jordan Brand Classic. I wanted to take my visits in the first semester.”
Little also added that all five schools are even as he begins his first official visit this weekend.
Jabri Abdur-Rahim, a class of 2020 wing, has not lacked college interest or offers. Heading into his sophomore high school season, Abdur-Rahim recapped his busy July and has also set an unofficial visit to a blueblood program.
Attending Seton Hall Prep in New Jersey, Abdur-Rahim has had the chance to travel the nation during his upbringing thanks to his NBA bloodlines. He holds offers from Florida, Seton Hall, Ohio State and Texas A&M (where his uncle is an assistant coach) as well as more recent scholarships from California, Michigan State, UConn, Kansas and Arizona.
Did any of the new offers catch his eye?
“Not necessarily, I am happy with all of them,” he said. “Maybe Cal because my dad went there so that was a cool little moment.
“It's really a blessing that all the hard work that I put in is starting pay off, but I can't let all this get to my head, I have to continue to improve my game.”
A visit is potentially in the making to Villanova this fall. But Abdur-Rahim will first take an unofficial visit to Kentucky on September 1.
“That's real cool that such a historic program is showing interest,” he said of Kentucky. “I'm excited to continue the relationship.”