NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. – Texas A&M assistant coach Amir Abdur-Rahim left quite an impression on a couple of Texas A&M targets from the class of 2017.
Abdur-Rahim has been selling a culture of winning on the recruiting circuit, which 3-star power forward Isiah Jasey has kept in the back of his mind.
“I’m really cool with coach Amir. He’s a real genuine guy, and I feel like he’s really comfortable to talk to,” Jasey said.
Texas A&M has been recruiting Jasey, who has dreams of being like some of the Aggies’ great big men, since last season.
The Aggies are looking to bring in another big with the ability to get up and down the court, and Jasey fits that bill. The 6-foot-9 power forward from Killeen, Texas, is a fan of former Aggie DeAndre Jordan. He hopes he can develop a game like Jordan’s at the next level, and that’s one of the bonuses he said would come from choosing Texas A&M.
“I’m really looking for a college that’s into developing players,” Jasey said “I hope I can develop like DeAndre Jordan. … He’s really athletic, block shots, run the floor and grab rebounds.”
Jasey also said rising Texas A&M sophomore Tyler Davis is someone he admires as a player. It’s Davis’ footwork and upside that he most appreciates.
“He has really big upside. He gets to the paint and he controls the paint, so that’s why I’m trying to be dominant like him,” Jasey said.
Davis averaged 11 points and six rebounds per game last season on his way to SEC All-Freshman team honors.
Jasey likes the fact that the Aggies have pursued him so aggressively, but he doesn’t plan to make any decisions just yet. He plans to trim his list of schools at the end of summer and wants to make a final choice in the winter.
Jarrett Culver, another Texas A&M target who mentioned getting positive vibes from coach Abdur-Rahim, remembers the coach speaking about the program being able to win also.
Culver, a 3-star shooting guard from Lubbock, Texas, made the most of a Nike Elite Youth Basketball League session held in New York earlier this year, racking up offers from schools in his home state. He received offers from Texas A&M, Texas and Texas Tech after a breakout game there and has been weighing his options since then.
He plans to continue to do so through the summer. He has yet to make a visit to Texas A&M but hopes to soon.
“I had seen them play a lot, but I didn’t really know deep into it or the coaching staff,” Culver said. “He (Abdur-Rahim) just said they’re a good winning program and I could be part of a winning program and a good guard and develop there.”