Michael Jordan was one. LeBron James was one. Kevin Durant was one. And now Ivan Rabb ’15 is one, too.
O’Dowd students gathered in the cafeteria after school on Jan. 28 to watch the McDonald’s All American Games Selection Show on ESPNU erupted in cheers when it was announced that Rabb was named to the boys’ west team roster. See the final roster.
The nation’s top high school basketball all-star event will be played Wednesday, April 1, at Chicago’s United Center (the boys tip off at 9 p.m. Eastern Time) and will be televised live on ESPN.
Rabb is the first O’Dowd boys’ basketball player to be selected as a McDonald’s All American. Girls’ basketball player Oderah Chidom ’13 was the first Dragon ever selected for the games. Read more…
Paris Austin ‘15 scored a school single-game record 43 points – including 12 3-pointers – in a 108-77 victory over Piedmont High on Jan. 21.
The previous single-game scoring record holder, Jasen Powell ’90, now the head athletic trainer for the Los Angeles Clippers, scored 41 points in three quarters in 1990. “A 25-year reign is pretty good to hold a record. I’m glad it happened for this young fella,” Powell said.
Powell recalled that he spoke with Paris at a Clippers/Warriors game about O’Dowd basketball. “He told me that he was coming for that record and he did it! That inspiration, drive and desire can and will take him much further than the game of basketball,” Powell said.
What a performance by Paris Austin last night. He scored a school single-game record 43 points – with 12 3-pointers – in a 108-77 victory over Piedmont High.
The Dragons took on some of the nation’s top high school teams at the Bass Pro Tournament of Champions, held in Springfield, Missouri, and at the Spaulding HoopHall Basketball Classic, held in Springfield, Massachusetts.
Many have been asking how to follow our varsity men’s basketball team who is participating in the Bass Pro Tournament of Champions (http://tofc.weebly.com) in Springfield, MO. They open the tournament tonight at 6pm PST against Waynesville (MO). The Bass Pro Tournament of Champions is the #1 attended High School Basketball Tournament in America.
It would be hard to find a Northern California high school boys basketball team with a more ambitious nonleague schedule than the one being played by Bishop O’Dowd this season.
As December came to a close, the Dragons were ranked No. 8 in the nation in the MaxPreps.com Xcellent 25 national rankings.
O’Dowd, which has opened this season with a 5-2 record, has already played the No. 1 team (Oak Hill Academy-Mouth of Wilson, Virginia) and the No. 5 team (Montverde Academy, Florida), and has a game scheduled against No. 2 Wheeler-Marietta, Georgia as well as a rematch with Oak Hill Academy. The Dragons traveled to Florida and Hawaii in December and are headed to a tournament in Missouri this month as well as a game in Massachusetts on Martin Luther King Day.
Nearly two years ago when Ben Simmons made the 12-hour flight from Australia to the U.S. to enroll at Montverde Academy (Montverde, Fla.) he mentally stored the list of the top basketball players in the 2015 class to give himself a goal to aspire to.
Atop that list? Ivan Rabb, a center at Bishop O’Dowd (Oakland, Calif.).
“I wanted to see which players I needed to play against to be considered the best,” said Simmons, an LSU signee. “I love competition and I was pretty eager to matchup with those guys. Ivan was the No. 1 player; I definitely remember that.”
Now it’s Simmons who’s the marked man, holding down the No. 1 spot in the ESPN 100; Rabb checks in at No. 5. Read more…