Cal’s recruiting took another hit today with the news that Castro Valley HS small forward Juan Anderson, rated the No. 69 prospect in the country by Rivals.com, has committed to Marquette.
“It’s a great academic school, they play in the best basketball conference in the country and the coaches really showed me they care. They pursued me very well,” Anderson told me this afternoon. “I just felt most comfortable with that decision.”
Asked about Cal, the 6-foot-6 senior said, “I was really considering them. It’s appealing to play at home in front of all your friends and family. Cal speaks for itself academically. I wanted to venture out and try something new. Marquette felt most comfortable.”
Anderson, who also was considering Arizona State and Oregon, said he’s happy to have the decision behind him.
“It feels really good. I can focus now on just getting better every day and trying to win the state championship with my high school team,” he said.
Earlier this fall, Cal was turned down by Kyle Wiltjer, a 6-9 forward and top-20 prospect from Oregon, who picked Kentucky.
The Bears, who signed five high school prospects a year ago, have two scholarships to give and have not yet secured a commitment for the November signing period.