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Arizona in the Hunt for Ivan Rabb

October 13th, 2014 News 8 Comments


Ace Thakore

The question still remains. Which big man will be the final elite piece of the 2015 class?

As of now, big men Ivan Rabb, Stephen Zimmerman and Caleb Swanigan are the top three contenders. PGU recently caught up with Rabb to discuss Arizona’s recruitment of him over the last month.

PGU: How did your in home visit with Arizona go?

Rabb: It went really well. They told me that they feel like they have everything as a program that I need to reach my goals. Showed me a lot of clips of Aaron Gordon and Derrick Williams and how they utilized them and how I could make a similar impact.

PGU: What kinds of things did you talk to Coach Miller about?

Rabb: The resources and the structure of the program. They told me about how they fly on charter flights and how it would be easier to get straight home instead of waiting in airport to be able to get to class the next morning.

PGU: Which members of the staff came?

Rabb: Coach Miller, Pasternack and Stoudamire.

PGU: How long did the visit last?

Rabb: It went about 2 hours.

PGU: We know you don’t want to be labeled a follower who is just going to Arizona because so many Oakland Soldiers have. Did you discuss this and what was said?

Rabb: We did a little bit and how it wasn’t a factor and that the decision will be based on what’s right for me, my game and future goals.

PGU: What is your relationship with the coaching staff like?

Rabb: It’s gotten a lot better since I told them I wanted to visit. They’ve been in contact a lot more and they came by my mom’s restaurant for about 45 minutes just to check in and see how everything was going last week.

PGU: How often do you communicate with the Arizona coaches?

Rabb: I would say every other day as of late. I talk to Coach Miller the most and then Coach Pasternack.

PGU: Have you been in contact with any former or current Arizona players? What have you talked about?

Rabb: I talked to Aaron Gordon. He told me to at least take a visit and that I would have the time of my life. He said that I wouldn’t want to leave. He said every game is on TV, the fans are the best in the country and every game is a sell out.

PGU: Will you visit for the Red/Blue game still?

Rabb: They would like me to, but I would rather visit when they have a regular season game, so I’ll be there for the ASU game.

PGU: Do you think Arizona will make your top 5?

Rabb: Yes.

PGU: Do you have a top 5 yet?

Rabb: Not yet. I’ve been busy lately with SAT prep and school obligations but I will be cutting my list very soon.

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8 Responses to “Arizona in the Hunt for Ivan Rabb”

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  1. Big Gato

    October 13, 2014

    Thanks Ivan for taking the time to answer some questions, every Arizona fan is hanging on your commitment, sounds like you have a lot of great opportunity ahead of you. Also thx to PGU for taking time to stop and talk to recruits!

  2. Papadeuce

    October 14, 2014

    It’s exciting being in the hunt for a player and person like Ivan. Whatever program he chooses is getting a good kid and great player, we can only hope he chooses UofA. He’ll be a difference maker on any team he chooses.

  3. mvpreed2

    October 14, 2014

    Definitely glad to know we will make his top five.
    I wonder which of the three will be the first to commit and will it have a domino affect on the other two.

  4. mcgato

    October 14, 2014

    After Ashley and Stanley get drafted all Soldiers who chose Arizona will have seen their NBA dreams come to fruition and all minus Nick going 1st round. Seems like a no brainer to me.

  5. Mike Goldthwaite

    October 14, 2014

    Excellent article…..we can’t ask for anymore than that…….great job PGU!

  6. Jeff

    October 15, 2014

    Interesting to read about what happens during in-home visits. Arizona desperately needs one of Rabb, Swanigan, and Zimmerman to play center next year due to the uncertainty of Ristic’s readiness and the availability of any transfers.

  7. Wayne

    October 19, 2014


    Ivan Robb is more of a power forward and not a center. However, since we will be losing Ashley, Stanley Johnson, Hollis- Jefferson and probably Zeus, we need Robb and Zimerman. After looking at Ristic’s performance at the Red-blue game, I’d say he could become a very could center into his own.

  8. Howard

    October 20, 2014

    Ristic looks pretty good though. It’s just one game but still. How can we have so many good players? Unbelievable. I recall seeing the ’89, ’97, ’01 teams play and yet it just feels like this team is superior. The rest is chemistry and that one is hard to predict.

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