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1 - Ivan Rabb

California 

  • 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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Overall

93

2017
Mock:  35

NBA Comparison: Andrew Nicholson/PJ Brown

Strengths: There is plenty to like about Raab as a NBA prospect starting with his physical profile ... He is a mobile big man with good size at 6'10” with a 7'2” wingspan and 9’1” standing reach, and he is light on his feet ... Out of the pick and roll, he shows great agility as a roll man, and he can catch and finish lob passes in space ... Rabb also runs the floor pretty well despite the limited opportunities he got playing in California’s slow tempo system ... He is more mobile than most big men that guard him, which was displayed frequently by beating other bigs down the floor in transition ... Rabb’s most established skill that will be a great asset for a team in the NBA is his rebounding ability ... Posted 19 double-digit rebounding games this past season for Cal and averaged 12.8 rebounds per 40 minutes, showing good motor on the offensive glass as well (3.7 offensive rebounds per 40) ... He also demonstrated one of the best pairs of hands in all of college basketball the last two years, which is shown by his ability to chase down rebounds out of his area ... He has a large rebounding radius, great timing and instincts on his jump to corral missed shots, and he does an excellent job of finding a body when a shot goes up ... He is also a great rebounder in traffic, as he does not shy away from contact down low and is aggressive pursuing the ball off the rim ... Rabb has a blossoming post game both facing up and with his back to the basket ... He also has improved his face up jump shot and is particularly difficult to guard when the defense has to respect his jumper ... He shows flashes of excellent footwork and can finish at the rim from awkward angles with either hand . Rabb is also a big target in the post with his long arms and great hands. He is a bit streaky but definitely capable in the mid-range game, as he utilizes both jab steps and step backs to create separation into his shot. He is crafty in the post with his footwork and is particularly light on his feet when under duress down low ... Also has an underrated basketball IQ, and has good feel for recognizing double teams and knowing when to pass out of them ... He also has a good understanding of defensive positioning and handled the often-difficult moments at Cal quite maturely ... He has good recognition off the ball on defense and does a good job of not fouling when coming over to help from the weak side ... His above average ability to close out and defend bigs on the perimeter will help him in today's NBA ...

Weaknesses: Rabb is more of an old school post player and does not have ideal perimeter skills that NBA teams look for in a modern NBA big man ... He does not space the floor with great consistency and shoots a flat ball at times ... He will need to become more of a threat off the pick and pop to be a truly reliable offensive weapon in the league, and he must continue to improve as a free throw shooter (66%) ... He also does not have the ball skills to create for himself on the perimeter, and most of his scoring will come in the post ... He is much better as a straight-line driver, but when the defense takes this away, he is not fluid or skilled enough to utilize a counter move and create offense for himself effectively ... He also struggles to attack closeouts off the pick and pop, which really limits him offensively ... Lacks the strength to finish against NBA caliber big men with better length and athleticism ... His skillset projects towards him being more of a center in the NBA, but he may not have the size and strength to be effective there ... He can be knocked out of position pretty easily and does not have good body control against contact ... This sort of tweener identity limits his defensive potential as well, as he is a tad small for the five and not quite rangy enough for the four ... He is limited as a rim protector with only 1.3 blocks per 40 minutes, and could be a liability in the pick and roll when needed to switch out against smaller players ...

Notes: Born Feb. 4, 1997 … Parents are Ivan and Tami Rabb … Has a sister, Ivanna, and a brother, Tamarik… Was the consensus top prospect in the state of California in 2015…Consensus five-star prospect ... Selected to play in McDonald’s All-American game, Jordan Brand Classic, and Nike Hoop Summit … Named Second-team All-Pac-12 and to the Pac-12 All-Freshman team in 2015-16 season … Set a school freshman record with 291 rebounds on the year… An All-Pac-12 First Team selection and Karl Malone Power Forward of the Year Top 10 finalist ...

William Peter Desautelle III 5/22/17

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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