PEACH JAM: Rabb may visit Cats

NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. -- If the Wildcats' lone verbal commitment in the senior class has any say int he matter, one of the best post players for 2015 could be making a visit to Lexington this fall.

Five-star power forward Ivan Rabb has flickered on and off the Kentucky recruiting board during the past year, but appears to be back firmly in the mix.

UK's only 2015 verbal, Chicago swingman Charles Matthews, is working his close friend hard to give the Cats a long look.

"The coaches who have been calling me the most have been Arizona, Cal, UCLA, North Carolina, Duke, Georgetown, USC and Kentucky," Rabb said from the Nike EYBL Finals at Peach Jam.

"Coach Calipari, we talk all the time. He sends me a lot of text messages. I'm sure he's going to text me after my games (at Peach Jam) if he can. That or a phone call."

Asked what he's heard from the UK boss of late Rabb said: "He likes that I'm a very versatile player and that he could see me playing the 3, 4 or 5 because I can do so many different things on the court. I can make plays for other people as well as myself."

He also likes the fact that UK has a commitment from Matthews.

"Me and Charles go all the way back to, I believe, St. Louis camp in ninth grade," Rabb said. "We stay on each other. If we're not playing well, we make sure we check in on each other and try to get back on track. He's been really trying to get me to come with him (for Big Blue Madness)."

Rabb said he hasn't decided whether he'll visit the Cats yet, but is strongly considering it. His Oakland Soldiers teammate, five-star center Stephen Zimmerman, plans to be in Lexington for Madness. The two have become close and have stated they could see playing with each other in a high-low combination at the next level.

The 6-foot-10 Rabb, who is ambidextrous, is rated the No. 3 player in his class and the No. 2 power forward behind only LSU commitment Ben Simmons.

He opened his Peach Jam schedule with a pair of double-doubles, posting 12 points and 10 rebounds in the opener and 24 points, 10 rebounds, three assists and two blocked shots in his second game.

Scout national basketball analyst Evan Daniels broke down Rabb's game:

"Rabb's offense includes deft finishing ability with either hand. Those off (left) hand finishes always have been an asset, and now they carries even more value due to Rabb's improved footwork and interior scoring arsenal. He utilizes drop steps, hooks, turnaround jump shots and succeeds on the basis of size, quickness and skill. He's also an excellent shotblocker and rebounder, and he'll challenge for the No. 1 ranking in the 2015 class."

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