2016 NBA Mock Draft: Top Prospects Entering March Madness

Mar 5, 2016; Lexington, KY, USA; Kentucky Wildcats guard Jamal Murray (23) reacts from the court during the game against the LSU Tigers in the second half at Rupp Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 5, 2016; Lexington, KY, USA; Kentucky Wildcats guard Jamal Murray (23) reacts from the court during the game against the LSU Tigers in the second half at Rupp Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports /
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Feb 28, 2016; Berkeley, CA, USA; California Golden Bears forward Ivan Rabb (1) dunks the basketball against the USC Trojans in the first half at Haas Pavilion. Mandatory Credit: Neville E. Guard-USA TODAY Sports
Feb 28, 2016; Berkeley, CA, USA; California Golden Bears forward Ivan Rabb (1) dunks the basketball against the USC Trojans in the first half at Haas Pavilion. Mandatory Credit: Neville E. Guard-USA TODAY Sports /

10. Ivan Rabb, California Golden Bears

Position: Power Forward

Age: 19 (2/4/1997)

Height, Weight, Wingspan: 6’9.75″, 215 pounds, 7’2″

Slash Line: .615/1.000/.664

Season Averages: 28.2 MPG, 12.5 PPG, 8.6 RPG, 2.8 ORPG, 1.3 BPG

Analysis

The California Golden Bears should be better than they have been. Cal has caught fire in recent weeks, however, and the development of rebounding big man Ivan Rabb has played an instrumental role in Cuonzo Martin’s team winning with increased regularity.

He’s fallen out of favor with some, but Rabb is too reminiscent of Chris Bosh to not receive significant hype.

Rabb’s offensive range is expanding, but he’ll catch on in the NBA because of his rebounding and athleticism. He’s averaging 2.8 offensive rebounds per game, finishes well above the rim, and has good hands and a solid understanding of how to position himself for entry feeds.

Rabb needs to improve his offensive fundamentals, but he isn’t afraid of contact, and he can finish with both hands at and around the rim.

The promising sign for Rabb is that he willingly uses the glass when attacking the basket. He’s also displaying upside as a shot-blocker, and while he may not be on Skal Labissiere’s level in that regard, he is proving to be a potentially valuable two-way player.

If Rabb is able to continue the expansion of his shooting range during March Madness, he can solidify his place as a Top 10 selection in the 2016 NBA Draft.

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