Tom Crean has now officially landed his third assistant and it is someone with ties to Atlanta, as the school announced that Amir Abdur-Rahim will be joining the Georgia staff. He is the third assistant Georgia has hired along with Chad Dollar and Joe Scott.
Crean and Abdur-Rahim both put out statements on news.
“My family and I are truly honored to be coming home to join Coach Crean and the Georgia Bulldog Family,” Abdur-Rahim said. “I am excited for the opportunity to learn from and work with Coach Crean, who is considered one of the best coaches and developers of young men in the country. His energy, passion and vision for Georgia Basketball and our student-athletes is clear and one that will be very exciting to be part of. I can’t wait to build real relationships with our current and future student-athletes. Having played with Georgia great D.A. Layne and competed against Georgia great Ezra Williams in high school, I know what Committing to the G means and can’t wait to feel the unbelievable energy Stegeman Coliseum has to offer.”
“We are excited to bring Amir, Ari and their daughter Laila home to Georgia to join the UGA community and our Basketball Family,” Crean said. “Amir has proven himself to be an outstanding basketball coach with the drive and knowledge to help develop players, game plans and overall scope of the programs he has worked in. His ability to recruit is shown in his energy, dogged determination and relationship building. His knowledge of SEC and ability to work with our big men will provide immediate help.”
Abdur-Rahim played at Atlanta powerhouse Wheeler High School, which has consistently put out elite talent. Abdur-Rahim is also the brother of former NBA All-Stat Shareef Abdur-Rahim. Amir Abdur-Rahim does come to Georgia with SEC experince, as he served as an assistant at Texas A&M from 2014-18. This past season the Aggies made it to the Sweet 16 before falling to Michigan.
Crean will replace Mark Fox, who Georgia parted ways with after nine seasons. Prior to coming to Georgia, Crean coached at both Indiana and Marquette.