1 - Ivan Rabb


  • Birthday: 2/4/97
  • NBA Position: PF/C
  • Class: Sophomore
  • Ht: 6-10
  • Wt: 220
  • Hometown: Oakland, CA
  • High School: Bishop O'Dowd
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NBA Comparison: PJ Brown

Strengths: With a slight frame, for now, Rabb is very good at gaining position against defenders in the low post ... At 6'10 once Rabb got near the hoop he was virtually automatic against high school competition at the rim ... He has developed a consistent baby left hook shot that is his go-to move ... Rabb is also very explosive laterally ... Even when caught in tight spaces or too deep in the paint he possesses the athleticism to still get a good shot attempt or dunk attempt off ... Doesn't sit idle often or slough off when posting up ... Mostly catches the ball and explodes right into a move ... Very active on the break for a big man ... Whether off a block or a rebound he will run up and down the floor until he's blue in the face ... Finishes well as a trailer and often created second chance opportunities for himself or others off a miss ... Very effective rim protector ... Quick to help, but doesn't leave his feet early ... Let's the offensive player come to him before trying for a block ... Uses his feet well to reposition himself for blocks ... His large wingspan (7'1") is also a big help on defense ... Can pass well out of double teams and is a good overall passer ... Very aware of floor spacing and where teammates and even defenders are positioned ...

Weaknesses: Besides his baby hook, doesn't have an array of post moves in his repertoire ... Has mostly relied on being taller and more athletic than most of his competition ... Must get stronger and fill out his frame as much as possible ... Can easily be knocked off his spot in the paint ... Besides rim protection he's not really a great overall defender ... Not quick laterally and often doesn't seem to be moving fluidly when defending on the ball ... Strictly a post player at this point, Rabb hasn't adapted to the new "position less basketball" movement ... If he's not able to score in the post he will drift out to the perimeter, which isn't the strongest part of his game at the moment ... Really left-hand dominant, needs to put more work in on his off hand ... Needs to continue to improve at the free throw line as well ...

Overall: Rabb has steadily improved over his entire high school career and there's no reason to think he has reached his full potential yet ... Will be heavily featured along with Top 5 Overall Recruit, Jaylen Brown, next year for the Cal Bears ... Hopefully a college lifting program will see him pack on the muscle and strength that have been missing ... If Rabb ever completely puts it together on the court, the sky is the limit in terms of what kind of player he can be in the NBA.

Notes: Rabb stayed close to home and committed to the University of California at Berkeley with the idea of building a program instead of going to one of the bigger name schools ... Has showed terrific promise his entire high school career ... Selected for the 2015 Jordan Brand Classic and McDonald's All-American Game ... Measured 6'9.5 (in shoes) 193 lbs, with a 7'0 wingspan at the LeBron James Skills Academy ... Measured 6'10 (with shoes) 198 lbs with a 6'11.5 wingspan at the 2013 LeBron James Skills Academy ... Measured 6'10 (in shoes) 209 lbs, with a 7'1 wingspan at the 2014 LeBron James Skills Academy ...

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