Position: PF
Height/Weight: 6'11" / 220 lbs
School/Club: California
Status: Sophomore
Birthday: February 4, 1997

DRAFT TRADE: Traded to Memphis Grizzlies

About Ivan Rabb

Rabb had every reason to expect he would be a lottery pick in the 2016 NBA Draft, but he made a decision rare in today’s one-and-done world: he chose to remain in school. As he told Sports Illustrated, “There are some improvements on the floor I want to make, and why not make them in college before I get to the next level? I want to have fewer weaknesses, so when I get there, I can just continue to get better.”

Sound thinking indeed. Though Cal missed out on the NCAA tournament after losing in the first round of the Pac-12 tournament, thereby robbing Rabb of a great potential final showcase for his skills, he had plenty of time to show that, in some ways, he had improved, including a 3-point stroke that his coach, Cuonzo Martin encouraged him to shoot more often.


  • Excellent rebounder
  • 7-2 wingspan
  • Basketball IQ
  • Mobility
  • Has improved his perimeter jump shot


  • Needs to get bigger and stronger
  • Can he defend at the NBA level?
  • Can he score off the bounce and from the perimeter consistently?

NBA projection: Rabb has been projected as a late lottery or middle first-round pick.

2016-17 Season
Rabb earned first-team All-Pac 12 honors while averaging a double-double and helping lead the Bears to a 21-13 record, a fifth-place tie in the competitive Pac-12 and a spot in the NIT. Rabb led the league and was 12th in the country in rebounding. Rabb was also chosen first-team All-District 20 by the NABC, alongside Lonzo Ball of UCLA, Dillon Brooks of Oregon, Markelle Fultz of Washington and Lauri Markkanen of Arizona.

Key statistics: 14.0 ppg, 10.5 rpg, 1.5 apg, 2.1 tpg, 1.0 bpg, 32.6 mpg, .484 FG, .400 3PT, .663 FT

Career Highlights: A two-time All-Pac 12 selection. A top 10 finalist for the Karl Malone Power Forward of the Year award as a sophomore. Led the Pac-12 in rebounding (10.5). Ranks among the top 10 Golden Bears all-time in career rebounding average (T-6th, 9.5 rpg), field goal percentage (7th, 54.4) and blocks (9th, 73). His 29 career double-doubles are the second-most by any Cal player in the last 20 seasons. Earned gold with USA Basketball at both the 2013 U16 FIBA Americas and2014 U17 FIBA Worlds. Participated in the Nike Hoop Summit for the U.S. Junior Select Team, and competed in the McDonalds and Jordan Brand Classic All-American games during his high school career.

Cool statistic: This season, Rabb grabbed a career-high 20 rebounds against UCLA’s rugged front line. He was the first Cal player to post a 20-board game since Leon Powe in 2006.

Reminds me of: Chris Bosh

What Insiders Say
Former Cal coach Cuonzo Martin

"He's spent a lot of time on [shooting 3s]. That's a shot we wanted him to take last year because he can shoot it. But again he's one of those guys where it's how he's feeling, because he's not going to do anything if he feels like it is going to hurt the team.”

What Outsiders Say
Louisiana Tech coach Eric Konkol

"He's a terrific player who impacts the game in so many ways, offensively and defensively. He was a focal point for sure. A lot of what we were trying to do defensively was to limit his touches, but he's a tough cover, and I thought we gave it a great effort and he just made some really nice plays."


Chris Dortch is the editor of the Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook. You can email him here, follow him on Twitter and listen to the Blue Ribbon College Basketball Hour.

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