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Basketball: Rossi says Cal is a perfect fit

Alex Rossi, who chose Cal today over Stanford, Notre Dame and Virginia, said everything seems right for him in Berkeley, adding that his commitment is firm.

“I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about it,” Rossi said. “I’ve always wanted to go out West. The location was awesome. Coach (Mike) Montgomery’s system fits me perfectly at the 2 spot. All my final schools were great schools. It just came down to where I felt most comfortable. I decided Cal was the perfect place for me.”

Rossi is a 6-foot-5 1/2 wing from New Trier High in Winnetka, Ill. He is the second member of the high school class of 2010 to commit to the Bears, joining shooting guard Allen Crabbe of Price High in Los Angeles, and will arrive on campus in the fall a year from now.

Rossi made an unofficial visit to Berkeley this spring, and met with players, coaches and a few professors.

“It was a beautiful day,” he said. “Everything felt good.”

Rossi, who said he will make an official campus recruiting visit either during football or basketball seasons, gave Montgomery his decision in a Monday morning phone call.

“He was excited,” Rossi said. “He thinks I’m perfect for his system.”

Rossi attends the same high school that spawned former Cal coach Ben Braun. New Trier also is the alma mater of Matt Lottich, who played under Montgomery at Stanford from 2001 through ’04, during which time the Cardinal posted a record of 105-24. 

“I know Matt really well. We work out a lot together,” Rossi said. “He was 100 percent behind coach Montgomery and he thinks he’s a perfect coach for me.

“We’re different,” he said, when asked to compare himself as a player to Lottich. “He was a big-time competitor. I’m a little bit longer, a little bit more athletic. I think I shoot the ball better than he does, he handles it a little better.”

Jeff Faraudo