“I still haven’t decided my final schools since I have a lot going on right now,” said Rabb. “It’s definitely something I’m interested in, but I still need to figure out the five schools I’m going to take officials at and then go from there.”
The 6-9 power forward made it through the first set of cuts at the USA Basketball U17 Training Camp.
“I’ve been struggling,” noted Rabb when discussing his play during the tryouts. “Some days I’ve been struggling, others I’ve been doing good. I’m still competing, but my shot isn’t really rolling right now so I’m trying to find other ways to impact the game and I’m sure my stuff will come around sooner or later.”
With head coaches from UNC, Duke, Georgetown, Arizona, Cal, UCLA, and Kentucky in attendance on Friday – all of which are on his current list – Rabb’s play started to turn around that evening.
Rabb posted up aggressively on the blocks and made quick and aggressive moves upon catching the ball. When he wasn’t getting fouled, Rabb completed several hook shots using both his right and left hand. He also attacked the glass going hard after rebounds before running the floor looking for fast break opportunities.
One week earlier, Rabb was in North Augusta for the Peach Jam playing in his last AAU tournament. Despite losing in the quarterfinals, Rabb averaged 13 points and 7.3 rebounds over the course of six games.
“Peach Jam was up and down too,” noted Rabb. “I had a couple games where I exploded for 20 plus points. Some game I was in foul trouble and some I just never got rolling, kind of like right now. I just tried to impact the game other ways by rebounding and trying to block shots.”
The UNC coaching staff tracked Rabb’s games in North Augusta with Roy Williams and the assistant coaches watching almost every one.
When talking about Williams and UNC, Rabb noted that “their pitch is basically they know I can do well defensively, but they want me to continue to get stronger and you know, on the offensive end they would move me around and let me do different things since I’m a versatile player. They just want to make sure that every part of my game gets stronger.”
“They are also known for their big guys and they let their bigs do a lot of different things,” said Rabb. “You know, they had James McAdoo and he did different things. He didn’t really pan out like they thought he would, but he was still a really good player. They think I could fit his mold a little bit and they would let me get up and down.”
After the 17U World Championships in Dubai end in August, Rabb plans to get ready for his senior season at Oakland (Calif.) Bishop O’Dowd. Last year he led his team to the California state championship game where they lost to class of 2014 star Stanley Johnson and Mater Dei.
“I need to become a better leader and be more assertive on the offensive end in order to get that championship,” noted Rabb. “Sometimes I’m passive and I think that’s what happened in Peach Jam. Sometimes I was passive and then in the second half I would try to turn it on. That’s not something I really notice when I’m playing, somebody has to tell me out there. I’m just trying to be more aggressive overall.”