A California basketball source has told BearTerritory that sophomore Ivan Rabb is among the players invited to the NBA Draft Combine, held May 9-14 in Chicago. The Combine includes measurements, interviews, shooting drills, medical tests and 5-on-5 drills in front of NBA coaches, general managers and scouts.
Rabb, a 6-foot-11 forward, declared for the draft on March 22, after the Bears were eliminated from the first round of the NIT in a game against Cal State-Bakersfield, a game in which Rabb did not play, due to plantar fasciitis.
Rabb recently hired an agent -- Aaron Goodwin of Goodwin Sports -- according to Chris Haynes of ESPN, and will not be returning to school. Rabb averaged 14 points and 10.5 rebounds per game this season.
Before the season, Rabb, who decided to return for his sophomore season after being a projected top-15 pick as a freshman, was projected to go as high as the No. 14 pick overall in the NBA Draft. At the time he declared, he was projected to go No. 22 to the Toronto Raptors, according to NBA DraftExpress. He's since moved up to No. 21, to the Oklahoma City Thunder.
HoopsHype has moved him up from No. 22 in late March to No. 16 as of this writing, going to the Chicago Bulls. NBADraft.net also has Rabb going No. 16 to the Bulls. NESN also has Rabb going No. 16, but to the Portland Trailblazers, home of another Cal alum, Allen Crabbe.
The draft order will be set by the NBA Draft Lottery on May 16, with the NBA Draft itself taking place on June 22.
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.