UNC Ramping Up With Rabb

North Carolina is ramping up its interest in Oakland (Calif.) Bishop O'Dowd standout Ivan Rabb.

Last week Roy Williams stopped by to watch the 2015 post player work out, meet with his family and make the extent of his interest clear.

"Two weeks ago [Hubert Davis] came in and watched Ivan and introduced himself," Bishop O'Dowd coach Lou Richie said. "He decided to bring Roy back. [Oakland Soldiers coach] Mark [Olivier] and I have ties to Roy. Quentin Thomas was recruited by Roy at Kansas and then ended up going to North Carolina when Roy got the head coaching job."

"(Roy) came in. It was great. Ivan had gotten back from USA Basketball where he was a little banged up. He had a workout that morning. He sat down and talked to the family."

Joining Williams and Rabb in the meeting were Quentin Thomas's parents and sister, who is a highly regarded recruit in the 2015 girls class that went to junior high with Rabb. His parents also sat in on the meeting.

"They came to support Roy Williams," Richie said of the Thomas family. "It was just perfect. Ivan's father came from Sacramento. Ivan's mom was there. They got to watch him play, even though he had tweaked his ankle and has a back injury because he is growing. It was really, really good.

"The family was very upbeat with their interaction with Roy. They thought he was very personable."

What was Rabb's reaction to the meeting?

"Ivan was excited," Richie said. "Clearly for him to have a chance to sit down and talk to the University of North Carolina, I thought it was a win-win all the way around."

Williams made it clear that Rabb, Scout.com's No. 4 player overall in the 2015 class, was a priority for North Carolina.

"Roy told me that they have seven visits and he was very peculiar and funny how he said it," Richie explained. "He said ‘No one is going to visit you more than us.' He said they have seven visits left and said ‘Don't let anyone else think they are going to see you more than I will.' I thought that was a brilliant way to explain it."

"He also said … they see him as a four. They want to play an up-tempo game. They want to run and get him involved. They want him to play in the best conference in the country."

Rabb is one of four junior post players with a Tar Heel scholarship offer – the others are Chase Jeter, Diamond Stone and Stephen Zimmerman.

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