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Basketball: Rivals likes Bears’ recruiting class

Rivals.com this week rated Cal’s incoming basketball recruiting class as the 21st-best in the nation.

“The movement of Allen Crabbe (No. 69) up the rankings and the addition of Emerson Murray places California at No. 21,” Rivals said.

Memphis, Kentucky, Ohio State, North Carolina and N.C. State occupy the site’s top five spots.

Stanford has the Pac-10’s highest-rated class at No. 16 and UCLA is No. 18.

Cal’s jump to No. 21 came with this evaluation:  “Mike Montgomery and his staff are losing quite a bit to graduation, but the class of Crabbe, Franklin, Solomon, Rossi and Murray provides a solid foundation for the future. One of the fastest-rising players in the class of 2010, Crabbe is a super-sized wing. Franklin has long been noted for his toughness and ability to hit big shots. Solomon needs to add bulk, but he adds length and athleticism to the interior.

“Rossi is one of the top catch-and-shoot guys in his high school class. A product of Canada, the speedy and athletic Murray is the X-factor of the group. Sources familiar with the Canadian prep scene have indicated to Rivals.com that the Bears have unearthed a hidden gem.”

Jeff Faraudo