Elite 24: Rabb ready for next step

NEW YORK -- Ivan Rabb, Scout.com's No. 5 player in the 2015 class, is ready to start focusing on his recruitment a little more. He's looking to narrow his list and set up visits soon.

July and August have been hectic for Ivan Rabb, so much so that Scout.com’s No. 5 player in the 2015 class hasn’t been able to focus much on his recruitment.

But after spending the past four weeks with USA Basketball in Colorado Springs and then Dubai, Rabb is gearing up to make some major movement in the process.

“I think the next step for me is cutting my list,” Rabb told Scout.com. “I want to get a smaller number, a number that I can manage a lot better. I think I’d have a lot of weight off my shoulders and really, really focus on the schools that I want to go to.”

Rabb, a standout at Oakland (Calif.) Bishop O’Dowd, hasn’t set up any official visits yet and isn’t quite sure which schools he wants to visit. Among the schools involved with Rabb's recruitment are California, Georgetown, Kentucky, North Carolina, Kansas, Duke, USC, UCLA and Arizona.

In a process like this, most recruits develop strong relationships with certain coaches. To which coaches has Rabb developed a strong bond?

“Cal’s coach [Cuonzo] Martin, Coach [John] Calipari, Coach K ever since he offered me and really before our relationship got a lot better. North Carolina, definitely coach Roy Williams and Georgetown’s John Thompson. I would say those schools.”

One of the more interesting developments in Rabb’s recruitment over the past few months has been the emergence of California. Cuonzo Martin and his staff made him a priority right away and that’s left an impression on the 6-foot-10 post player.

“They’ve been a lot more involved with me,” Rabb said about California. “The other coaching staff was involved, but they weren’t as hands on as they are now. They show me their workouts and show me little things about how I’ll fit in and fun things they do off the court. I’m really happy about that. I’m really interested in that school.”

Kentucky is one of the schools that Rabb has yet to take a visit to, but the Wildcats are in strong pursuit and are looking at setting up multiple visits with him.

“They are trying to get a home visit and trying to get me on campus,” Rabb said about Kentucky. “We don’t have anything set in stone yet, but they are really pushing me hard to make the trip.”

In mid-May Rabb stopped by North Carolina for an unofficial visit. He said the Tar Heels have been in regular communication and are hoping to get him on campus for an official visit.

“I really love that school,” Rabb said about Carolina. “I love the coaching staff. I met the players. It felt like a family and I felt like I was apart of the family already. I was really happy about that. I just want to continue communication and they are really pushing to get me on an official visit too.”

During the same trip to the state of North Carolina, Rabb swung by Duke. Since then, the Blue Devils have picked up their interest level.

They’ve definitely been all over me,” Rabb said of Duke. “They’ve been contacting me a lot, pretty much non-stop and every other day just to see how I’m doing. Even if it’s not about basketball they want to check in on me or tell me what they are doing. They definitely picked up their recruitment of me.”

At this point, Rabb doesn’t have a timeframe for making his college decision.

“Honestly if I know where I want to go, then I’d be happy to do it as soon as possible, but right now it’s looking like spring of next year,” Rabb said. “I have to make the right decision. I want to make the best decision for me. Whenever I feel like it’s the right time to do it, I’ll go ahead and get it over with.”

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