Coach impressed about Rabb's progress

Ivan Rabb is one of Arizona's top priorities for 2015. Read on to see what his high school coach says about his game, recruitment, and more.

One of the more overlooked aspects of recruiting is the time it takes for coaching staffs and players to develop relationships.

A chief reason behind Brandon Ashley's commitment was the bond he developed with the UA coaching staff over the years.

The UA staff is devoting equal attention to another Bishop O'Dowd (Calif.) player in 2015 big man Ivan Rabb.

Bishop O'Dowd coach Lou Richie believes Rabb is as talented as any American prospect he's ever worked with.

"On the court he can do everything." Richie said. "He's incredibly long with a great motor. He's also incredibly active and is really developing his post and perimeter game.

"Defensively, he is so talented and active that he can block guys or get rebounds even when he's beaten off the dribble."

It's not just Rabb's basketball skills that make him such a highly sought after prospect.

"Ivan is an absolute pleasure to be around," Richie said. "He's a great student, a great teammate, and an overall great guy to be around. People just like being around him.

"His demeanor and makeup bode very well for the future. He works his butt off everyday in the gym and in the weight room and it's easy to see him progressing every day. Ivan will become the best player he's capable of because that's in his makeup."

Fortunately for Arizona fans, the UA staff has made an excellent early impression on Rabb.

"The schools that really stick out from a recruiting standpoint are Arizona and California," Richie said. "Obviously, he's being recruited by everyone because of his talent, but Arizona was the first school to really stay in close contact.

"California has really stepped up their recruitment as well, so those are the two schools that have made the biggest impact with him."


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