Class of 2015: Ivan Rabb – Player Profile
Ivan Rabb is the No. 1 player in the class of 2015 according to ESPN, leading his team to a CIF Northern California Open Division title and earning the San Francisco Chronicle’s All-Metro Player of the year. Rabb has been heavily recruited by top schools such as UCLA, USC, Arizona, Kansas, Kentucky, Georgetown and North Carolina. Checkout his full player profile as we cover his biggest strengths and weaknesses.
- Birthday: 02/04/97
- Position: PF
- Height: 6’10”
- Wingspan: 7’0″
- Weight: 210
- Hometown: Oakland, USA
- School: Bishop O Dowd, CA
- Draft Class: 2016
- Statistics: 25 PPG, 16 RPG, 5 BPG, 61.3 FG%, 53.0 FT%
- Extremely gifted athlete that can soar over opponents. Runs the floor exceptionally well for a big man of his size, using his lightning fast speed to finish in transition as well as get to the rim in a hurry. Has good footwork in the post and is beginning to develop a quality back to the basket game, which includes a nice drop step and smooth spin move. Not afraid of contact, constantly banging with bodies in the post and drawing fouls. Can space the floor with his mid-range jumper and has great form when he squares up. Skilled passer for a player of his size, often finding open teammates in the post and can even dish out to the wings once he draws a double team. He’s also a tenacious defender, using his defensive awareness and length to constantly swat shots away in the paint and serve as a lethal rim protector. Truly a monster on the boards as evident by his 16 RPG average, crashing the glass with intensity both on the offensive and defensive end of the floor.
- Lacks the necessary strength to compete with larger interior defenders, but should fill out well over the next few years if he can add some weight. Currently he’s more of a prototypical power forward that bruises inside, so it would be beneficial for him to become more of an adept three point shooter with today’s NBA evolving into more of a stretch four oriented league. Although he’s skilled in the post, he still tends to use his left hand more than his right, which will be exploited by skilled defenders at the next level if he’s unable to use his off-hand proficiently. Also needs to improve his free throw percentage, shooting just 53% last season.
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