John Calipari offers top player in 2015 class, Ivan Rabb

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His name only sounds like a boxer from the “Rocky” series, but in reality, Ivan Rabb is the top basketball player in the 2015 class. Rabb is a 6’9 power forward from Oakland and he now has an offer from Kentucky.

 

“I think any time any kid is offered by Kentucky, it’s a stamp of approval,” Bishop O’Dowd Coach Lou Richie told the Herald-Leader on Sunday. “It lets him know that his hard work is paying off and that he’s on the right course. Ivan is a very humble young man who’s excited by every offer, but a Kentucky offer is a little bit different.”

Rabb got the call from John Calipari on Friday night telling him that he had an offer from the Wildcats. Richie said he talked to UK assistant Orlando Antigua on Sunday, and he’s expecting Calipari and Antigua to visit the California high school Wednesday or Thursday.

 

Get to know Ivan Rabb with some of his highlights.

 

 

 

On the heels of the news that Cliff Alexander will not be a Wildcat, Trey Lyles has something to announce today … but calm down. He is not announcing his commitment.  A common theory is that he may be announcing the date he will commit.  The timing is interesting as it seems that no Alexander means that the stage is set for Lyles to commit to Kentucky.

The previous two tweets that Lyles sent out were shoutouts to Stanley Johnson and James Blackmon.  If you read the tea leaves, the dominos may be falling soon …

 

Jan 16, 2013; Sacramento, CA, USA; Washington Wizards point guard John Wall (2) is called for an offensive foul against Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins (15) during the second quarter at Sleep Train Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

As we all recall, John Wall and DeMarcus Cousins ushered in the “one and done” era at Kentucky and both will have signed max contracts when the NBA season rolls around. And it is that hated “one and done” rule that helps to prevent players from falling through the cracks. I wrote a bit this morning about how the media perpetuates the one and done players, but without that rule, a lot of players can get lost.

It’s not a Kentucky story, but the tale of Korleone Young still serves as a cautionary tale to all the high school basketball phenoms. Young is one of the player that the “one and done” rule was instituted for and this story on Grantland makes for a fascinating read. A must read, actually.

 

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