How good will consensus top-10 recruit Ivan Rabb be for Cal?
Here’s a look back at the Bears’ top-50 prospects from the past quarter century (the source of their national rating in parenthesis) and how they performed in Berkeley:
No. 1: Jason Kidd, 1992 (Naismith Award)
Led Cal to the Sweet 16 round of the NCAA tournament as a freshman, was consensus All-America point guard as a sophomore and is two years removed from what will be a Hall of Fame career in the NBA.
No. 4: Shareef Abdur-Rahim, 1995 (Blue Chip Illustrated)
Was spectacular in is lone collegiate season, averaging 21.1 points and becoming first freshman to win Pac-10 Player of the Year. Went on to productive NBA career.
No. 6: Leon Powe, 2003 (Prep Stars)
Plagued by knee problems, Powe nonetheless twice was an all-Pac-10 pick before entering the NBA, where he won a title with the Boston Celtics.
No. 11: Jelani Gardner, 1994 (Sporting News)
Played two uneven seasons for the Bears before his father admitted that he was paid $30,000 by coach Todd Bozeman. Gardner then transferred to Pepperdine amid the scandal.
No. 13: Jabari Bird, 2013 (Scout)
Slowed by injuries each of his first two seasons at Cal, Bird has shown flashes of his potential but has yet to blossom as a college star.
No. 21 Jamal Sampson, 2001 (CBS Sports)
Averaged 6.4 points and 6.5 rebounds in his only season at Cal, then jumped to NBA, where he totaled 142 points with five teams in five seasons.
No. 25 Brian Wethers, 1999 (Recruiting USA)
Improved each season at Cal, averaging 15.1 points as a senior on a team that reached the second round of the NCAA tournament.
No. 26: Tony Gonzalez, 1994 (Sporting News)
Future star NFL tight end enjoyed his finest basketball moment in the 1997 NCAA tournament, scoring 23 points in a win over Villanova.
No. 27: Al Grigsby, 1991 (Bob Gibbons)
Constantly sidelined by injuries, the power forward still managed to play a starting role on two different Cal teams that reached the Sweet 16.
No. 32: Tremaine Fowlkes, 1994 (Sporting News)
Scored a career-high 26 points as a sophomore in an NCAA tournament loss to Iowa State, then transferred to Fresno State.
No. 42: Lamond Murray, 1991
Averaged 24.3 points as a junior before departing for the NBA as the program’s career scoring leader.
No. 44: Patrick Christopher, 2006 (Rivals)
Cal’s No. 3 career scorer averaged 15.6 points as a senior on the Bears’ first conference championship team in 50 years.
No. 46: Marquise Kately, 2003 (Rivals)
Teased more than he delivered, averaging 9.9 points over two seasons before transferring to Morgan State.
Note: Lamond Murray’s ranking from non-specific source, per Cal media guide.