Rabb Hosts Roy Williams

SACRAMENTO --- Roy Williams's pursuit of the No. 1 player in the class of 2015 included an in-home visit this past week.

UNC's head coach stopped by the Bay Area for an in-home visit with Ivan Rabb.

"Roy came to visit on Wednesday," said the 6-11 post player from Oakland (Cali.) Bishop O'Dowd. "I feel very comfortable with Roy as well as Coach Hubert Davis. Roy wanted me to know that I was his priority recruit. I think he has come to see me five times during my junior year, which is a lot. He told me that he really likes my ability to finish with either hand and run the court and wants me to take an official visit on October 3rd. I'm not sure about a visit that weekend, but it could be a good look for me."

Rabb and the Oakland Soldiers tipped off their EYBL season at 9 a.m. on Saturday and Williams was present for the entire game. The Soldiers were upset by Mokan Elite 60-54, but Rabb managed 17 points and eight rebounds on 5-of-7 shooting. He displayed the skills that have earned him the top ranking in the junior class by scoring in post-up positions, hitting mid-range jump shots, and pushing the ball up the court after defensive rebounds.

While Williams left Sacramento before Rabb's second game tipped, Hubert Davis was watching the Soldiers bounce back in a 55-45 win over CP3. In that game Rabb finished with 11 points, six rebounds, and two assists on 5-of-5 shooting.

"Today was a learning process," said Rabb. "Everyone is still getting used to each other and we haven't been able to practice as much as we would like. Everyone is unselfish on this team so we should continue to get better."

"I saw Roy at my first game and I know he said that UNC was going to be at as many games as they can be," noted Rabb. "It's crazy how long I've known Coach Williams. I think I first started to hear from him after my 8th grade summer, so we've been in contact for a long time."

Before Williams visited Rabb in October, he noted that his junior year goal was to get healthy and beat Stanley Johnson for the California state championship.

"I'm the healthiest I've been in years," said Rabb. "I was going through some growing pains in October, but I learned how to tough it through those injuries. Now I'm 6-11 and feeling great.

While he ended up losing to Johnson in the championship game, Rabb still had a very successful junior year, earned the top ranking by Scout.com as well as other national honors.

"I think the season went well, but since we lost in the championship game we didn't complete our mission," said Rabb. "We had the talent, but just didn't get it done. I didn't play as well in the championship game as I could've and that's on me as a leader. I have one more chance next year."

As the No. 1 prospect in the country, Rabb has his fair share of suitors. Arizona will likely be the toughest competition for UNC given the work that Sean Miller has put in with Rabb and the established pipeline the Wildcats have with his AAU program. Previous Solders players that headed to Arizona include Brandon Ashley, Aaron Gordon, and also Nick Johnson and Stanley Johnson, both of whom were attendance in Sacramento to watch the team.

"I'm not going to go to Arizona just because people expect me to go to school there. I do really like the history of the program and Sean Miller so yeah, I am very interested, but not because of other people going there," said Rabb. "I am looking at taking an unofficial visit there at some point soon in the future. "

Other schools that have made a mark on Rabb are California and Georgetown. Cuonzo Martin and the Cal staff made a visit to Rabb's high school shortly after his acceptance of the job this month and John Thompson has prioritized Rabb as well.

"Distance is not an object for me, it just depends on fit," noted Rabb. "I don't have a set timetable but will need to figure things out soon."

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