Ivan Rabb is a huge commitment for the Golden Bears. What kind of player is Berkeley getting?
On Saturday, California
landed one of its biggest commitments in program history, picking up a pledge from 6-foot-10, 220-pound Oakland (Calif.) Bishop O’Dowd power forward Ivan Rabb
The 2015 prospect, ranked 5th nationally by Scout, gives the Golden Bears a player who should make a big impact in Berkeley from day one.
What kind of player is Cal getting in Rabb? In a lot of ways Rabb is the ideal high school post. He's a terrific athlete with long arms; he's been measured at 6-foot-9.5 with shoes, a 7-foot-2 wingspan with a 9'1.5" standing reach.
Rabb has very good hands and feet and usually plays hard. You don't see him jacking bad shots on the perimeter; he's almost the prototype for how you want a young big man to play. He's ambidextrous and appears equally capable to finish with both his left and right.
He has a jump hook and can hit from the elbow and has pretty good footwork for a young post. He's added a baseline midrange fadeaway to his game that he actually hits at a high percentage.
Rabb is a very good rebounder and scores a lot of points after offensive rebounds, while he also secures his share of boards on the defensive end as well.
His size, length, athleticism, motor and timing make him a very good defender and he'll rack up his share of blocked shots each time out. His frame is starting to fill out but he still has significant room to add strength.
Rabb emerged on the scene as a freshman and while he was clearly elite back then, he's continued to progress as you would hope and he's on path to being a very successful player.
When he’s in structured environments – such as in high school as opposed to camp ball – Rabb is at his best, which bodes well for his college career.
Landing Rabb was extremely important for Cal, which will lead on his scoring ability and rebounding from day one.
Cuonzo Martin needs to keep the top local prospects home in order to be successful in Berkeley. With Rabb choosing Cal, Martin made a big statement that he'll do exactly that.