Ivan Rabb, the number ONE player in the damn Class of 2015, is visiting Georgetown on Tuesday.
Georgetown here we come... Looking forward to another amazing visit tomorrow morning...— Ivan Rabb (@YoungIvee) May 20, 2014
Rabb played in the Nike Elite Youth Basketball League in Hampton, Virginia (Allen Iverson's hometown OH MY GOD IT'S A SIGN FROM HEAVEN!) this weekend. A dynamic above the rim player and a mix between Marcus Camby and Greg Monroe, Rabb can impact games on both ends of the floor. The thought of him playing alongside Class of 2014 forwards Isaac Copeland and Paul White and Class of 2015 forwards Marcus Derrickson, Noah Dickerson and center Jessie Govan in what would be D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera's senior season has some Hoyas fans hyperventilating in a vast chasm of delusion. If that analogy doesn't make sense, WHATEVER.
Not to put a damper on things, but before we start going streaking on campus it's worth noting that Rabb is being pursued by nearly every major power program in the country, with West Coast schools Cal and Arizona making strong pushes, and traditional powers Kentucky and North Carolina in the mix. Rabb visited UNC yesterday.
Here's are some snippets (printed with casual permission) of a great interview with Rabb done by our main man Michael Bohlin over at Hoyas 247 over the weekend. You can check out the whole interview RIGHT HERE.
"In a school, academic wise, I want to major in some type of business and right now I am thinking real estate," said Rabb. "Basketball wise, both of those schools I really like their system and how they get their big men involved. I like the coaching staff, from what I have heard the players are really friendly and they like to go hard in practice. That's what I am looking for; I am looking for a challenge every day and a good city."
The Tar Heels and Hoyas are among the schools making the hardest push for Rabb's talents. The five-star power forward knows that he is among the top recruiting priorities for both programs.
"North Carolina and Georgetown are recruiting me really tough," replied Rabb. "They both like me a lot, and I am one of their priorities. They really want me that's all I can say."
Despite hailing from the west coast Rabb has a very good sense of the history behind the Hoyas program. While this week's visit will be his first trip to the Hilltop Rabb was quick to throw out the name a former Hoya forward who is making his mark in the NBA when asked about his familiarity with the university itself and the basketball program.
"Georgetown is known for being a big man school; they get their big men to the next level," replied Rabb. "Jeff Green came as a back to the basket center, never shot a jump shot in his life, and they turned him into a wing and he's pretty good. I'm not saying I want to be a wing; I just want to be skilled just like him and continue to get better year after year."
Rabb is being recruited to Georgetown by Hoyas assistant Kevin Broadus who has stayed in regular contact with the highly touted big man. Rabb elaborated a bit on the relationship he has built with Kevin Broadus to this point.
"Coach Broadus, he sends me a lot of text messages," said Rabb. "He actually sent me a picture of Coach Thompson in the stands when they were playing the Atlanta Hawks he sent me a text saying Hoya Paranoia so that basically means we're everywhere. He knows I was watching the game and I think he just wanted to say that. He's a real funny guy, he's friendly and he's real honest with me."
That's a pretty interesting comment there about Jeff Green, n'est ce pas?
Time to reel in the big fish.