Rabb Rising

DEL MAR, Calif. --- Ivan Rabb, a junior standout at Oakland (Calif.) Bishop O'Dowd, already ranks as Scout.com's No. 4 overall player in the 2015 class, but his recent play may warrant a bump in the rankings.

The 6-foot-10 power forward has performed at an impressive level, including strong showings at the Tarkanian Classic, which took place last week, and the Under Armour Holiday Classic.

Rabb's rebounding ability was perhaps the biggest takeaway from Holiday Classic, as he corralled boards and pursued the ball in and out of his area. He also showed versatility on the offensive end, as he scored on the block and facing the rim.

"I think I'm unstoppable when I'm rolling,' Rabb said. "I don't care who is guarding me or about a double or triple team, it's just me playing and operating down low and coming out and bringing the ball up."

Rabb's recent success and hard work have him focused on expanding his game. He likes to work from the mid-post area and attack defenders.

"My confidence has been going up more and more and I've just been playing," he said. "That's something I want to do. If I try to do it from down low all the time it's not going to work, so I try and get it at the elbow or come from the wing, especially when people try and key on me."

Rabb's recruiting process has been hectic, as you would expect. He's working on releasing a list, but doesn't have it finalized.

"I've been getting a lot of phone calls and text messages," Rabb said. "I've cut my list, but I haven't had a chance to put it out yet. I'm still trying to make some adjustments before I put it out."

One factor in Rabb's recruitment is looking for a school that fits his academic needs. He said he wants to work in real estate development when his basketball career is over.

"I'm going to make my decision when I feel it's right," he added. "I'm not just going to go to a school because they are ranked, they have to be able to develop me and there's something I want to do after basketball and I have to have the right classes and setting. "

North Carolina has made Rabb a priority. He said the Tar Heels were one of the first schools to offer him a scholarship and they continue to aggressively pursue him.

"I think they were one of my first five offers," Rabb said. "Roy Williams and Hubert Davis both came down at the beginning of the (academic) year and came and watched me at open gym. I like them both a lot. They are really cool and really funny. I like that. That's one of the schools I watched growing up so I'm glad they like me."

Rabb said the reason he likes UNC is because of the way they utilize their big men.

"I like them," he said. "They like to get their power forwards the ball, whether it's on the high block or on the wing, they let them play the game. That's what I like about North Carolina."

While Rabb stays in contact with Davis the most, he said he talks with Williams on a consistent basis.

"Hubert has come two or three other times," Rabb said. "He's been there a lot and he calls me a lot. Roy Williams calls me when he gets a chance, but I know he's a busy man."

"He actually told me that he wants what is best for me and if it's not North Carolina then he wants the best for me because I'm a nice kid," he said of Williams. "He definitely wants me in their program and if I can go anywhere I want to make sure I make a big impact and I make the right choice."

Rabb, who has taken unofficial visits to California, Stanford and Arizona, has yet to take a visit to North Carolina, but the UNC staff has discussed a possible visit with him.

"They did, but I'm not sure when I'm going to take a visit," Rabb said. "Hopefully I'll be on the east coast sometime next year. I was thinking about making a Georgetown visit because I have some family out there so I'll be out in that area."

Despite the attention from college coaches, Rabb is more focused on his junior season at this time.

"It might be tomorrow, it's really just whenever I feel comfortable," he said about making his college choice. "I honestly haven't really thought about it, I've just tried to focus on the season."

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Ivan Rabb Evaluation at Under Armour Classic
By Evan Daniels

Despite a loss in the semi-finals, Rabb had a strong game at The Patrick School, which threw a handful of post players at the 6-foot-10 big man. Rabb, who has wide shoulders and lengthy arms, is a very good athlete that runs the floor with ease. He's a terrific rebounder and kept a number of balls alive on the offensive glass. Defensively he's always a threat to block shots and is a presence inside. Offensively, Rabb continues to get more and more comfortable. He has a mid-range jump shot, but also likes to catch from the elbow and attack the rim. His game continues to develop and he's making strides as a player.

Ivan Rabb Profile


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