Rabb takes over at number one

Ivan Rabb

Scout.com has a new number one 2015 prospect in Ivan Rabb. What is it about the Oakland (Calif.) Bishop O'Dowd power forward that makes him the top prospect in the class?

Over the last couple of years, it has been a bit of an evolving door of top prospects in the 2015 class, which goes to show that it's a group without a consensus #1 prospect.

However, with the improvement made in the game of 6-foot-10, 220-pound Oakland (Calif.) Bishop O'Dowd power forward Ivan Rabb, given his current skill level and natural physical tools, there's an obvious choice as the top prospect in 2015.

On Tuesday, Rabb took over the number one spot in Scout.com's 2015 rankings. An elite prospect from the time he stepped on the court as a freshman until now, Rabb is already one of the most productive players in the class and continues to trend upwards.

In a lot of ways Rabb is the prototype post prospect. He's a terrific athlete with long arms and very good size with his 7-foot-2 wingspan with a 9'1.5" standing reach.

Rabb has very good hands and feet and plays with a relentless motor. One of the best parts of his game is that he knows what he is; he doesn't step out beyond midrange and does the vast majority of his damage on the court around the basket.

The junior is ambidextrous and if you watched him for the first time and he didn't shoot a jumper, you would have no clue if he's right or left handed. He has a jump hook and can hit from the elbow and has pretty good footwork for a young post.

Rabb is a very good rebounder and scores a lot of points after offensive rebounds, while he also secures his share of boards on the defensive end as well. Rabb's size, length, athleticism, motor and timing make him a very good defender and he'll rack up his share of blocked shots each time out.

This season, Rabb has taken his game to the next level. His motor, skill level, rebounding and production are all at an all time high. He's proven himself game and game out, making his selection as Scout.com's top prospect in 2015 an easy choice.

Bishop O'Dowd head coach Lou Richie recently told Scout.com that Rabb's mental makeup is one of his best attributes.

"He has everything that great pros have," Richie said. "He's willing to put in the work and he's very coachable. When you're considered the number one player in the country but you stay the same kid, that's pretty impressive.

"He's working hard in the classroom and doing everything the coaches ask him to do. He's a great kid."

There's about 14 months to go before Scout.com releases its final 2015 rankings, but Rabb will enter the spring as the premier high school basketball prospect in the class.


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