The Golden Bears of the University of California play basketball in the PAC-12 Conference. It is a “league” that is home to the University of California-Los Angeles (UCLA) Bruins and the University of Southern California (USC) Trojans, two perennial powerhouses that teams like the Golden Bears rarely beat.
UCLA and USC are desirable destinations for high school athletes that dream of playing in the National Basketball Association (NBA) because both programs are successful and have a history of sending players to the professional league. That is less true for the University of California.
As a result, the Golden Bears rarely get top high school recruits because those players prefer the better-known basketball programs of UCLA and USC. But that may be changing.
In the upcoming 2015-2015 Season, the Golden Bears will have a top high school athlete in their starting lineup. His name is Ivan Rabb and he may become a “special player.”w
Born February 4, 1997, this eighteen year old Power Forward appears primed to be a “difference maker” for the Golden Bears. He stands 6’11” tall and weighs two hundred ten pounds. But don’t let the slim frame fool you. Rabb is a tough and determined performer.
This young man proved his worth when he played at Power Forward for Bishop O’Dowd High School. He was a varsity performer and starter for two years and during that time, the school won consecutive state championships. Rabb’s contributions were undeniable. Over the two seasons, he scored nine hundred fifty points, pulled down four hundred eighty rebounds and blocked an almost-hard-to-believe two hundred shots.
If that was not proof enough of his basketball skills, Rabb produced a career game before his seventeenth birthday. In that game, the young Power Forward scored forty-two points, pulled down twenty-six rebounds, dished out eight assists and blocked thirteen shots by opposing players.
Now, in 2015, Ivan Rabb has been named a McDonald’s All American and has also been named as a Parade Magazine All American. What’s more, while not yet seventeen, Ivan Rabb played in the FIBA World U17 (under 17 years old) Championship game and performed well.
This young man is skilled and seasoned and is getting better and stronger with each passing day. Scouts for teams in the National Basketball Association (NBA) have taken notice and will be watching him closely.
The belief is that Ivan Rabb will be a very high draft pick when he finally becomes a professional. If past performance means anything, Ivan Rabb will continue to play great and to impress people who make hiring decisions.
The future is bright for this budding star.
Courtesy of Max Preps