Rabb Recaps UNC Visit

After playing in Nike's EYBL event in Hampton (Va.) this past weekend, Scout.com's top rated player in the class of 2015 – Ivan Rabb – drove to North Carolina for an unofficial visit on Monday.

Rabb, who was accompanied by his high school coach and his mother, met UNC assistant Hubert Davis on campus at 10:15 a.m. to start the visit. Rabb then toured the campus, saw the facilities, went to a classroom and spent time with the coaching staff. He also watched the team play pick-up and met some of the Tar Heel players.

"Overall I had a pretty good time," Rabb said about the visit. "I had a good time visiting the campus. We went to a few classrooms. We went to this Hall of Fame room where they had stats from all of their NBA guys."

Rabb said he enjoyed getting to see the Dean Smith Center, and also meeting up with former Tar Heel and Oakland native – and family friend - Quentin Thomas.

"I think the best part of it was going into the gym for the first time," he admitted. "I didn't know it was that big. I just had a really good time. I know one of the alum's – Quentin Thomas. He's one of my best friend's older brothers. He went to North Carolina a few years ago and played pretty well."

Bishop O'Dowd coach Lou Richie added, "Taking a picture of Ivan and Quentin in front of the Dean Smith Center was nice."

Originally Rabb had planned on visiting UNC on Tuesday, but he bumped it up a day. Roy Williams was scheduled to be at a cancer research event so he wasn't present for the visit.

"I didn't know Coach Williams wasn't going to be there," Rabb said. "He texted my phone and thought I was coming on Tuesday. So he was going to make his best effort to get back but I guess we flipped it over and went on Monday."

"I was sort of disappointed because I wanted to talk to him for a little while, but I realized it was kind of our fault that he wasn't there," he added. "He knew that he wasn't going to be there until Tuesday and we knew, but we kind of switched it up. I didn't realize that until I talked to him.

Davis, who is leading the charge in the recruitment, made Rabb feel at home and showed him how much UNC wanted him.

"He said I could go there and make an impact really quickly and they really want me and really think I could do great things if I go there," Rabb said. "He just tried to make it a family atmosphere. We had a lot of fun. We laughed and talked a lot. He made me feel really at home while I was there."

According to Richie, UNC's pitch for Rabb is based around academics and basketball tradition.

"Great academics and Carolina is a great school," Richie said UNC has focused on. "The basketball family and Roy's tree of coaches and his connections are worldwide. The Carolina connections are worldwide. If you want to be involved with basketball that's a great place to be."

Rabb sees a lot of opportunity at North Carolina. He said what he likes most about UNC is the opportunity to make an early impact.

"I like them because I think I can go there and make an impact right away," Rabb said. "You can't say that about every school, but I feel like I can go there and I see the way they play. They like to play fast and do other things. I could go there and make an impact really quickly."

Rabb also mentioned that he was impressed with the college atmosphere and how many people go to North Carolina.

"I feel like it was really a college town," he said. "There's not too much outside of it but inside of campus it's all close and everybody knows each other. There are a lot of students but I think everybody knows each other."

"It was summertime so there wasn't a ton of people there, but there were enough that I could tell during the school year it's really crowded and a lot of people."

Rabb's visit finished up at North Carolina around 3:00. He then visited Duke for a couple hours, before driving to Washington (D.C.) for an unofficial visit with Georgetown on Tuesday.

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