Cal gets boost with Rabb commitment 

It’s premature to call them the 17 words that will change the fortunes of Cal men’s basketball for years to come, but the ones tweeted by Bishop O’Dowd High School of Oakland phenom Ivan Rabb at least have the potential to jump-start the process.

“I am excited to announce that I will be attending the University of California, Berkeley next year! #GoBears” the Oakland native announced early Monday night.

Rabb is the first major recruit signed by coach Cuonzo Martin, who is about to enter his second season with the team. The 6-foot-10 forward chose Cal over Arizona. He also received offers from Kentucky and UCLA recently.

An athletic shot blocker who can score inside 15 feet, Rabb has the potential to become a core piece that the Bears can build around next season. He will join Kingsley Okoroh and Kameron Rooks on a frontline that has talent if not experience. Rooks sat out last season because of an ACL tear.

Cal hasn’t reached the second round of the NCAA Tournament since the 1996-97 season.

Rabb had expressed a desire to play with Caleb Swanigan, Indiana’s Mr. Basketball, and the two were rumored to be headed to the same college. Last week, Swanigan committed to Michigan State.

The spring signing period starts Wednesday.

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