2015 Big Man Ivan Raab Focusing On a Few Schools

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Ivan Raab is one of just three 2015 players on the USA West roster here.

On Thursday morning, Raab played well in front of a slew of high-major coaches, putting up 13 points, 6 rebounds and 3 blocks as the West team beat Canada, 93-77, in the Nike Global Challenge at Trinity Washington University.

“Schools that are recruiting me the hardest, Cal, Arizona, North Carolina, North Carolina State, Ohio State, Kansas, that might be it,” the 6-foot-8 Raab, who earlier this summer won a gold medal with the USA U16 team at the FIBA Americas Championship, told SNY.tv.

Arizona’s Sean Miller, Kansas’s Bill Self, North Carolina’s Hubert Davis and Ohio State’s Jeff Boals were among those on hand.

Earlier this summer, Raab mentioned that Cal, Arizona and N.C. State were working the hardest, but now he seems to have expanded that group.

A West Coast native from  Oakland Bishop O’Dowd, he said he’s being recruited by North Carolina coach Roy Williams and N.C. State assistant Orlando Early. 

“Ever since they started recruiting me they’ve been coming on pretty strong,” he said of both schools.

Kansas also offered this past year.

Right now he has no preference about staying on the West Coast or going elsewhere.

“I’m keeping my options open,” he said. “I don’t know if it want to stay close or go away yet .”

Wherever he goes, Raab said: “I bring a good motor, somebody who can finish under the basket, a defensive stopper and somebody who loves the game.”

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