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

  • uh oh.

    I’m jumping for joy, because for some reason right now I think we have a chance to get two outstanding interior (6’10”) players for 2011.

    ESPN is reporting that the McDonald All-American Wear Twins, formerly from Mater Dei High School in LA, are transferring from Univ of North Carolina. The main reason given is that they don’t want to be on the east coast, and while no potential schools have been listed, it appears they are going to want to stay closer to home.

    UCLA and Arizona were also-rans in the Wear recruiting battle, and figure to be in the hunt again, but something tells me that they are going to give Cal a long look. Why?

    1) Josh Smith will already be 1 big man at UCLA, along with Reeves Nelson. Playing time might be harder to come by.
    2) Cal should be fairly wide open with playing time for bigs, what with no super-skilled players on the roster, MSF graduating next year and Max and Kamp gone after that.
    3) Cal will provide anyone with an outstanding degree – something mighty important if you are not going to be in the NBA. (And if the Wear twins were not overly impressive their first year at UNC, you’d have to discount their NBA potential.)
    4) Their high school coach at Mater Dei was Gary McKnight, who now apparently has ties to Cal recruiters after sending guard Gary Franklin Jr here for this upcoming 2010 season. Franklin and the Wears could be best of buddies. Maybe Franklin will sell the Wears on Coach Montgomery, just like Chris Martin sold Tedford et al.

    This would be an absolutely knock out solution to our needs. And theirs!!

    GO BEARS!!!

  • EastCoastBearFan

    I thought the same thing! And we did OK with our last transfer from the ACC… 🙂

    Wonder Twins… come to Berkeley! GO BEARS!!!

  • milo

    Whoa that is interesting news about the Wear twins. I’d love to see them at Cal but UCLA still has major pull and Howland is an excellent coach (most of the time). Monty might however be better at development and that might get them to come to Cal. Lets hope.