Top hoops recruit Ivan Rabb picks Cal on his own terms

Top hoops recruit Ivan Rabb picks Cal on his own terms

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Top hoops recruit Ivan Rabb picks Cal on his own terms

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Ivan Rabb celebrates after a dunk in the CIF Oopen Division final. — Associated Press photo

Ivan Rabb celebrates after a dunk in the CIF Oopen Division final. — Associated Press photo

At long last, Ivan Rabb is a Golden Bear.

After a lengthy dalliance with nearby Cal-Berkeley, Arizona and, previously, other contenders, Rabb announced that he was taking his future to Berkeley in an announcement near his school, Oakland’s Bishop O’Dowd High at 7 p.m. PST.

Rabb, a 6-foot-9, 220-pound McDonald’s All American power forward made his decision independent of previous rumors that he and two other top-10 overall recruits, Indiana big man recruit Caleb Swanigan and swingman Jaylen Brown, would choose the same program to transform one school’s future as a package commitment. That went by the wayside when Swanigan chose Michigan State days earlier, a school that Rabb never seriously considered.

No worries. Rabb’s pledge to the Bears was always the most important one, according to Rivals.com national basketball recruiting analyst Eric Bossi.

“Rabb is the one that is most important to them because he’s local. He’s the one that they had to get,” Bossi told USA TODAY High School Sports. “The other guys are really gravy. They landed a shooting guard over the weekend in Tyson Jolly (Putnam City West in Oklahoma City). He’s going to be in the top 75 when the final rankings come out. They have another wing in Davon Dillard (Our Savior New American in Centereach, NY).  If they add Ivan, that’s a pretty good first haul for Cuonzo Martin.”

The announcement defied typical standards for such announcements, which are often designed to maximize national TV attention. Rabb eschewed making his public decision at a major national event, insteading selecting the 10 p.m. EST public declaration instead played up loyalty to Rabb’s roots, a move which wasn’t surprising to Bossi.

“His mother runs a restaurant across from the school,” Bossi said. “He’s said all along that he didn’t want to do TV. He’s a pretty low key kid. He wanted everything to die down and be home to do this and announce around his friends and family.”

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