On the first day of the spring signing period, forward Christian Behrens of Tahoma High in Washington submitted his letter-of-intent to the Golden Bears. Behrens gave the Bears an oral commitment in February, but it became binding on Wednesday.
“I feel really fortunate to have Christian join the program,” Cal coach Mike Montgomery said in a statement. “He has the versatility to play more than one position, and he gives us an active 6-8 player that has both perimeter and inside skills.
“I watched him develop for a number of years. He seems like a perfect fit for our needs, and he should be a great addition to our program. He’s a true student-athlete.”
Behrens suffered an ACL knee injury during the 2009-10 season and missed the early portion of his senior campaign. But he finished strong, scoring 21 points or more seven times, including career-highs of 32 points and 18 rebounds in the same game.
He averaged 20 points as a sophomore, then 22.4 points and 12.8 rebounds before being injured as a junior.
“I’m really excited to be a part of the Cal basketball team,” Behrens said. “I’m ready to get down there and start contributing. I really liked how family-oriented the team was, and I really like how hard they play. Iwas really impressed with how well they did this year, despite battling all the injuries and how it was supposed to be a ‘down’ year.
“It’s going to be a great honor to play for coach Montgomery, and I really liked the rest of the coaching staff, as well.”
Behrens joins fall signee David Kravish, a 6-9 forward from the Kansas City area, as incoming freshmen in the fall of 2011. Cal still has two available scholarships for nex season.