One of the stories of the 2013-14 high school basketball season has been the improvement of 6-foot-10, 220-pound Oakland (Calif.) Bishop O'Dowd 2015 power forward Ivan Rabb.
While Rabb has always comfortably been considered an elite prospect, it wasn't until this season that he really entered the conversation as number one in his class.
At the MLK Classic on Monday in Berkeley (Calif.), Rabb had another in what's been a long line of impressive performances on a big stage, scoring 31 points with 9 rebounds and 5 blocks in an 86-60 win over Capital Christian.
Rabb was extremely efficient around the basket, scoring almost every time he secured the ball in the paint, and as always, he finished with both hands. His drop step, size, athleticism and motor were all on display on offense, while he also rebounded well on both end of the court and contested shots.
The five-star prospect sealed his performance - which came in front of Cal head coach Mike Montgomery and an assistant as well as a coach from Stanford - with a baseline fade-away jumper, a shot he's hit with consistency this season.
For Bishop O'Dowd coach Lou Richie, none of this is coming as a surprise.
"Ivan is having a good season," Richie said. "His outside shooting has definitely stepped up, his ability to read double teams has gotten better, he's getting bigger and stronger and he's just improved completely but he's still the same kid. He's very humble."
Richie feels that Rabb's approach to the game off the court is a big reason for the improvement he's made on it.
"He has everything that great pros have," he said. "He's willing to put in the work and he's very coachable. When you're considered the number one player in the country but you stay the same kid, that's pretty impressive.
"He's working hard in the classroom and doing everything the coaches ask him to do. He's a great kid."
While Rabb is being heavily recruited by a long list of schools, Richie feels that three programs have shown him the most attention.
"Arizona, North Carolina and Cal, probably those three, but he's wide open," Richie said. "He'll start to narrow schools down and figure out where he wants to go from there."
Rabb isn't close to a decision, but Richie feels there are a couple aspects of a program that will be important to him.
"I know he's said that he wants to play for a coach he likes and play up-tempo basketball," he said.
Rabb Continues to Improve
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