OAKLAND, Calif. -- On Monday, California snagged one of the top players in the 2015 recruiting class -- five-star Ivan Rabb -- who is the top power forward on the West Coast, and the No. 5 player overall in the class, making him the first top-10 national player to commit to the Bears since Leon Powe in 2003. Rabb joins wings Tyson Jolly and Davon Dillard as members of the Bears' recruiting haul, and he is currently working to grab No. 1 overall player Jaylen Brown to join him in Berkeley. Cal is one of Brown's top eight schools.
Rabb, who had a possible future teammate in 2016 commit Oscar Frayer on hand, said that he was going to call Brown soon after the ceremony at his mother's restaurant, Old Yeller, across the street from his Oakland (Calif.) Bishop O'Dowd High School.
Rabb did not know whether he'd stay at Cal for one year, for four, or anything in between, and said that his relationship with head coach Cuonzo Martin was the biggest factor in his decision, which, by his own admission, wasn't firmly made until Sunday night.
A McDonald's All-American (10 points, 6 rebounds in 15 minutes), Rabb was the first commit that Martin got in touch with when he arrived in Berkeley. Martin made snagging Rabb -- the jewel of the Oakland Soldiers program that has also produced Jabari Bird, DeVon Hardin, Ayinde Ubaka, Powe and Theo Robertson -- his top priority, and Rabb said that was humbling, as well as a significant factor as recruiting wore on.