Richie gives insight into Rabb's recruitment

Oakland (Calif.) Bishop O’ Dowd coach Lou Richie coaches one of the best players in the country in Ivan Rabb. Read on to see what he says about Arizona, the overall recruitment, and more.

Oakland (Calif.) Bishop O’ Dowd 2015 power forward Ivan Rabb visited Arizona this past weekend and continues to keep his recruiting options open.

Bishop O' Dowd coach Lou Richie is one of the people helping Rabb to look at those options and guiding him through his recruitment.

“Arizona’s pitch is that they were here before he became nationally renowned," Richie said. "They were the first school to offer Ivan and have been aggressively going after him his entire high school career.

"They’ve seen him mature from a really raw kid to someone who is now one of the better players in the country.”

Arizona is certainly not the only school involved, as California is hoping to keep him close to home.

“Coach Martin has tried to emphasize to us that he has been to all of Ivan’s games and nobody has been to more in the time that he has been the head coach,” Richie said.

“Martin thinks they’re a player or two from being really good and that Ivan could put the town and the program on the map.”

In addition to those two schools, as is usually the case with any top five national prospect, Kentucky is involved.

“Kentucky’s approach is all business," Richie said. "Do you want to get to the NBA? If you do, this is the best place for you. It’s a training ground for the best players in the country and in practice you will go against the best players in the country.”

Other schools remain involved, but it is widely assumed Rabb will choose from one of the three aforementioned schools. However, Richie has no clue when that decision will be made.

“If I had to guess I would assume that Ivan will decide much later on, but he is also his own guy," Richie said. "He will makes his decision whenever he is ready.

"He could easily come back from one of his visits and announce his decision. I think he’s going to take all of his visits though.”

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