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Cal sophomore forward Ivan Rabb declares for the NBA Draft

California sophomore forward Ivan Rabb, a first-team All-Pac-12 selection this season, has declared for the NBA Draft, and will forgo the rest of his eligibility.

On Wednesday, his father's birthday, California sophomore forward Ivan Rabb officially announced that he will enter the NBA Draft. 

Rabb averaged 14 points and 10.5 rebounds per game this season, and sat out what would have been his last home game, a first-round NIT loss to Cal State Bakersfield.

http://www.scout.com/college/california/story/1763135-cal-basketball-coa... Rabb, a first-team All-Pac-12 player, and is projected to be a high first-round pick in the NBA Draft, but perhaps not as high as he was projected coming out of high school, when he was expected to be a one-and-done player, like recruiting classmate Jaylen Brown. Before the season, Rabb was projected to go as high as the No. 14 pick overall in the NBA Draft, but who has since fallen to No. 22, to the Toronto Raptors, out of the NBA Draft Lottery, according to DraftExpress. HoopsHype has him at the same slot. According to NBADraft.net, Rabb is headed to the Chicago Bulls at No. 17. He's still among the top picks, according to NESN, listed as No. 12 to the Portland Trailblazers, home of another Cal alum, Allen Crabbe.

Rabb is currently in the process of hiring an agent. The 2017 NBA Draft Combine will take place from May 9-14 in Chicago, but it's not certain if Rabb will participate, though that is the plan, according to a Cal official.

Rabb was selected a Division I All-District IX pick by the National Association of Basketball Coaches. He led Cal in double-doubles (17), rebounds (324, 10.5 rpg), field goals (151) and free throws (124) in 31 appearances, missing three games due to injury. Rabb added 48 assists, 31 blocks and 21 steals, and tallied five 20-point games, scoring in double figures 24 times. This season, he turned in the sixth-highest single-season total for rebounds, and was 11th on single-season rolls for rebounding average. 

Rabb’s 29 career double-doubles are the second-most by any Cal player in the last 20 seasons.  He ranks among the top 10 in all-time Cal records for his career rebounding average (T6th, 9.5 rpg), field goal percentage (8th, .554) and blocked shots total (9th, 73).

Rabb finishes his career having shot 54.4% from the field, 40.9% from beyond the three-point arc and 66.6% from the free throw line. He's averaged 13.2 points, 9.4 rebounds and 1.1 blocks per game for his career in Berkeley.

Statement from Sophomore Forward Ivan Rabb:
Dear Cal Family,
 
After careful consideration and discussion with my family, I have decided to forego my remaining NCAA eligibility and enter the NBA Draft. 
 
First, I want to thank everybody for their support. Since the day I committed to Cal, the love from Bay Area fans was overwhelming. I could genuinely tell that people really appreciated seeing me come to Cal and succeed and do well. Haas Pavilion will always hold a special place in my heart, and I won’t forget how incredible it felt to be “Oakland’s Own” as I ran onto the court in front of my friends, family and team.
 
http://www.scout.com/college/california/story/1763179-three-months-for-t...I made a lot of really close friends here that I’ll have for the rest of my life. My teammates became my brothers. That was an aspect of college and the team culture that we have here. We stuck together, had fun and played for each other.
 
While this season didn’t end the way we all had hoped, I have no regrets about returning for a second season this year. Both of my years here at Cal were a learning experience. In my first year, I was the young guy learning the ropes and earning respect. As my sophomore year went on, I grew into my own and was challenged to find ways to perform at a high level every night. The games were different, and they were more serious. My goal was to go out and play well while having fun and enjoying every moment. At the end of the day, I had fun with my brothers and continued to grow on and off the court, which leaves me feeling more prepared than ever to capitalize on the opportunities ahead of me to play at the highest level.
 
Now is the right time for me to focus on my professional basketball career, but I do plan on finishing school. It’s a promise I made to my mom and to myself that I’ll finish school and get my degree from UC Berkeley. It was an honor and privilege for me -- a kid from Oakland – to be afforded an opportunity to learn and thrive in these unique classrooms.
 
I want to thank the fans, my teammates, coaches, professors, the administration and the University for my unbelievable experience here in Berkeley. I’m very proud of my time as a Golden Bear, and I’m looking forward to the next phase of my basketball career with the opportunity to fulfill a lifelong dream of playing in the NBA.

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