The top rated recruit in the 2015 class -- Ivan Rabb -- talked to Scout.com about his unofficial visits to North Carolina, Duke and Georgetown.
Following Nike's EYBL Hampton event, Ivan Rabb
, Scout.com's top rated player in the 2015 class, took unofficial visits to North Carolina
Rabb, a senior-to-be at Oakland (Calif.) Bishop O'Dowd, started his visit spree at North Carolina early Monday morning, where he sat in on classes, saw the Dean Smith center, watched the team play pick-up, met current players and also met up with former Tar Heel and Oakland native – and family friend - Quentin Thomas.
"I think the best part of it was going into the gym for the first time," he admitted. "I didn't know it was that big. I just had a really good time. I know one of the alum's – Quentin Thomas. He's one of my best friend's older brothers. He went to North Carolina a few years ago and played pretty well."
Originally Rabb had planned on visiting UNC on Tuesday, but he bumped it up a day. Roy Williams was scheduled to be at a cancer research event so he wasn't present for the visit.
"I didn't know Coach Williams wasn't going to be there," Rabb said. "He texted my phone and thought I was coming on Tuesday. So he was going to make his best effort to get back but I guess we flipped it over and went on Monday."
"I was sort of disappointed because I wanted to talk to him for a little while, but I realized it was kind of our fault that he wasn't there," he added. "He knew that he wasn't going to be there until Tuesday and we knew, but we kind of switched it up. I didn't realize that until I talked to him.
|Rabb is Scout.com's No. 1 player in 2015
Hubert Davis, who is leading the charge in the recruitment, made Rabb feel at home and showed him how much UNC wanted him.
"He said I could go there and make an impact really quickly and they really want me and really think I could do great things if I go there," Rabb said. "He just tried to make it a family atmosphere. We had a lot of fun. We laughed and talked a lot. He made me feel really at home while I was there."
By 3:00 p.m., Rabb, who was accompanied by his high school coach Lou Richie and his mother, the UNC visit had concluded and he was off to visit Duke, a visit that almost didn't happen.
"It was last minute," Bishop O'Dowd coach Lou Richie told Scout.com. "When we woke up on Monday I just called Coach K and left him a message. I asked him to call me back. I didn't even let him know we were in town. I did the same thing with Nate James. We didn't hear anything back until 1:00 when we were checking out the hotel."
"I told him we are finishing up a visit at North Carolina and getting ready to drive out," he said. "I just said ‘we wanted to let you know that we are going to stop by whether you're on campus or not.' He said he had meetings, but that one of his assistant coaches would help us get there. It ended up being a great opportunity for the family and coach K and staff to sit down and talk."
Prior to the visit, Duke's interest had been minimal. But Richie said he thinks interest will pick up following a meeting with Mike Krzyzewski
"They had a really open and honest meeting," Richie said. "They were able to effectively communicate in a short period of time."
"Tami [Rabb], Ivan and coach K were able to have good, effective discussion and both were very happy that it happened," he added. "I think you're going to see efforts going forward."
Rabb echoed Richie's thoughts.
"We had a really productive conversation," Rabb added. "We talked about a few things and players and the reason why he wasn't recruiting me as tough as he could, and we hadn't really talked too much, but we talked a lot there. He's already started to pick it up. He texted me [Tuesday] and checked in on me."
"Really it was a situation where there was another player he was recruiting and he didn't want to recruit behind his back," he said. "He wanted to make sure that player was comfortable playing with me. He said he talked to that player and he said it was perfectly fine and thought we could work together pretty good."
Rabb told Scout.com he's glad the unofficial visit to Duke worked out because it changed his opinion on the Blue Devils.
"At first I didn't want to go because they haven't been recruiting me so I didn't know what to expect," Rabb said. "But I went and it changed what I thought about them. I liked the coaching staff and saw the campus."
Following the Duke visit, Rabb, Richie and his mother jumped in the car and drove to Washington (D.C.), where they would spend Tuesday visiting with John Thompson III and his staff at Georgetown.
"The first thing I noticed was the city," Rabb said. "The other two schools don't really have a big city. But Georgetown is in D.C. All three of the schools had really good weather, and Georgetown had really good weather."
|Rabb averged 25 points & 16 rebounds a game as a junior
"When I got to campus the first thing I noticed was the huge building that they have that was built in the early 1800s," he said. "When I saw that I was thinking the whole school would be like that, but then we started doing tours. A lot of buildings were more futuristic. I went to a class and went and saw what they did."
During the visit, Rabb, a 6-foot-10, 220-pound power forward, got to spend a significant amount time with Thompson.
"He's kind of a laid back person like me, but I could tell he was about business," Rabb said. "He definitely wants me and if I went to that school he said could use me as much as any coach in any system. I saw how they used Jeff Green. They had him all over the court. I think that's the type of offense I need to be in. Where I could play in all different places on the court and be the most productive I could be."
During his tour of the facilities the Georgetown staff showed Rabb the special area where they work out their post players. Rabb said seeing that was among the things that stuck out the most to him about the visit.
"On the basketball side I just liked that they showed me this small court they have at the school," he said. "It's like a room where big men work out. It's two courts, but it's really small court. It's basically the paint area on two sides. That's where the big man battle and work out. No guards allowed. That's where you workout one on one."
To go with UNC, Duke and Georgetown, Rabb is also considering a host of schools including USC
and North Carolina State.