Ivan Rabb Declares for 2017 NBA Draft, Won't Return to Cal

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistMarch 22, 2017

LAS VEGAS, NV - MARCH 08:  Ivan Rabb #1 of the California Golden Bears handles the ball against Ben Kone #34 of the Oregon State Beavers during a first-round game of the Pac-12 Basketball Tournament at T-Mobile Arena on March 8, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. California won 67-62.  (Photo by Leon Bennett/Getty Images)
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California power forward Ivan Rabb announced Wednesday that he would enter the 2017 NBA draft and does not plan to return to school.

"Cal meant a lot to me," he told Marc J. Spears of The Undefeated. "My two years at Cal was a huge learning experience both on and off of the court."

Rabb also released a video on the Cal Men's Basketball Twitter account: 

The sophomore averaged 14.0 points, 10.5 rebounds and 1.0 blocks for the Golden Bears this past year.

After last season, many draft analysts projected Rabb as a lottery pick. His draft stock has tumbled a bit over the past year, however.

On his latest NBA draft big board, B/R's Jonathan Wasserman listed Rabb as the No. 33 prospect in this year's class, writing: "Rabb didn't show enough improvement as a sophomore, and without shooting range or defensive promise, his upside will be capped. He'll be an option in the 20s or 30s for his tools, post-up game and rebounding motor."

DraftExpress, meanwhile, projects Rabb to land with the Toronto Raptors at No. 22 overall in its latest mock draft. And ESPN Insider Chad Ford (subscription required) has Rabb No. 19 on his latest big board.

As Ford noted, "There's some mild disappointment from NBA scouts about Rabb's sophomore season. He has improved as a rebounder and a scorer, but it wasn't the leap that NBA teams had hoped to see."



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