California’s Ivan Rabb opted to return to school for his sophomore season despite being a potential lottery pick in 2016. Rabb hasn’t evolved significantly as a player, but he’s done little to hurt his draft stock in his second year as he’s averaged 18.6 points and 13.1 rebounds per 40 minutes. As a sophomore, he has been a capable scorer now featuring as more of a focal point for the Golden Bears. Rabb has a solid post game and a developing mid-range game. He has also been an excellent defensive rebounder despite not being a top-tier athlete and lacking elite length.
Outside of his rebounding, Rabb doesn’t add a lot in terms of box score statistics on defense. He’s averaging just 1.2 blocks and 0.8 steals per 40 minutes as a sophomore. However, he’s a smart enough player to be a viable team defender at the next level.
How much more Rabb can grow is a relevant question for NBA teams. Although he’s been incredibly productive in his two seasons at California, there hasn’t been much improvement in terms of his per 40 minutes statistics from his freshman to sophomore campaign. Rabb may ultimately peak as a rotation piece — either a fourth or fifth starter or as a quality bench big man.