Christian Behrens, a 6-foot-8, 210-pound forward from Tahoma High in Covington, Wash., is making his campus visit this weekend after averaging 21.7 points and 10.5 rebounds this season. He will he at Cal’s game Thursday night against USC, his coach confirmed.
The Bears also have made an offer to De’End Parker, a 6-5 combo guard from City College of San Francisco, the top-ranked JC team in California. Parker, who also has an offer from Arizona State and is drawing interest from UCLA, told me he will not make a decision until his season is over in 2-3 weeks.
Tahoma coach Rob Morrow said Behrens had not received an offer from Cal before making his trip to the Bay Area, but said the Bears are very high on his list.
“He really likes Cal, Cal really likes him,” Morrow said. “He’s getting close to deciding. If Cal offered, I don’t see him turning that one down. Academics are a big deal to him and his family.”
A year ago, Behrens was being recruited by a long list of schools, including Washington, Washington State and Gonzaga. But he tore his left ACL last Jan. 12 and had surgery one year ago Saturday.
“Coming off that ACL hurt him quite a bit. He missed the suummer and people kind of forget about you a little bit,” Morrow said. “Cal did not. Travis DeCuire visited him in the summer.”
Morrow said the knee slowed Behrens early in the season, adding that it’s 100 percent now. “The knee’s good,” his coach said.
Morrow said Behrens has offers from Seattle U, Eastern Washington and Portland State. He said Washington is interested, but hasn’t offered yet.
Morrow described Behrens as a hybrid 3-4 with a mix of skills.
“He’s a unique one,” Morrow said. “He’s a legit 6-8, very good on the block. He’s got a nice array of post moves. He’s more of a finesse post guy, not a power guy, but not soft by any stretch of the imagination.
“He’s a very good passer — that’s probably his best trait. He can put the ball on the floor and he shot 35 percent from the 3.”
Behrens father, B.J., died last February at the age of 53 following a 16-month battle with brain cancer.
“He’s had a rough year, a lot to deal with,” Morrow said.
De’End is near
Parker, at 6-5, 220 pounds, plays point guard for CCSF, which is 27-1 headed into the NorCal playoffs next week.
But Rams coach Justin Labagh, a former walkon player at Cal, said Parker projects as a 2-3 at the Division I level. UCLA and Arizona State also have offered him, according to Labagh, and Parker likely will decide within the next few weeks.
Parker, who prepped at Lincoln HS in San Francisco, is averaging 12.5 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists for a balanced CCSF team.
“He’s a tough kid, a winner,” Labagh said. “He can take guys off the dribble, create his own shot and he played point guard for us for so he can set guys up.”
“Basically, my game is to get everybody involved,” Parker said. “I know personnel really well. I know hwo to feed of them, they know how to feed off me. I get to the baket well, l have a nice mid-range game and I rebond the ball well for a guard. I love playing the game and do whatever my team needs.”
And his unique and ultra-cool first name?
Parker is the youngest of 10 children and when he was born his mother declared, “He is De’End.”