California freshman Ivan Rabb -- a member of the Pac-12's All-Freshman team and All-Conference second team -- has announced that, unlike fellow five-star freshman, Jaylen Brown, he will remain in Berkeley for his sophomore season.
http://www.scout.com/college/california/story/1663125-jaylen-brown-decla... "Ivan is an tremendous person and student-athlete to have on our team," said head coach Cuonzo Martin. "He and his family have put a lot of thought into making a decision that was right for him. He is a talented basketball player with a very bright future, and we are excited to have Ivan continue as a member of our Cal basketball program."
Rabb was slated to go anywhere from No. 8 overall to No. 14 in the 2016 NBA Draft in various mock drafts.
Under new NCAA rules, players who declare can attend the NBA Combine from May 11-15 in Chicago, as well as workouts with teams, and still pull their name out of the draft until May 25, as long as they do not hire agents. Rabb decided not to test the waters. Last season 48 underclassmen declared. This year, with the more low-risk-high-reward rules, over 100 declared, with 35 hiring agents, and Brown himself saying that he will hire one. Brown is a consensus top-10 pick.
Rabb played in all 34 games this season, averaging 28.7 minutes and shooting 61.5% from the field, and led the Bears with 8.6 rebounds per game. Rabb also led the team with 42 blocks. Rabb's 291 boards easily ecclipsed Ryan Anderson’s freshman record of 269.
The Oakland (Calif.) Bishop O'Dowd alumnus posted 11 double-doubles over the course of his freshman season for the Golden Bears, and over his last five games before the NCAA Tournament, averaged 9.6 rebounds and 15.6 points per game, and was named to the All-Pac-12 Tournament team.
Rabb scored 13 and brought down 12 rebounds in the Bears' first-round tourney exit against Hawaii.
Rabb coming back means Cal returns three of five starters and 63.1% of its offense, losing point guard Tyrone Wallace and Brown, the Pac-12 Freshman of the Year.
Cal has one scholarship available for the 2016-17 season, having already committed one to UNLV transfer Jordan Cornish. Columbia transfer Grant Mullins recently made a trip out to Cal, and told BearTerritory that he will not be speaking with media until he makes his decision. That said, the Bears are involved with plenty of potential transfers. NC State twin transfers Caleb Martin and Cody Martin will visit Cal this weekend.