Basketball: Early signing period a week away

The start of the fall basketball signing period is next Wednesday and the Bears are focused on three prospects who have made recent campus visits:

— Shooting guard Tyrone Wallace, 6-4, 180, of Bakersfield HS, is rated the No. 78 overall prospect by Rivals.com, the No. 17 player at his position. Wallace also is considering Colorado and Oregon.

— Power forward Zena Edosomwan, a 6-8, 215-pounder from Harvard Westlake HS in North Hollywood, is rated the No.62 overall prospect by Scout.com, No. 128 overall prospect by Rivals. Word is he may wait to see if he qualifies academically for Harvard. USC also is coming on strong, but Edosmwan apparently doesn’t want to stay home for college. Perhaps Cal is the happy medium — great academics, close enough for mom and dad, not too close for Zena.

 — Power forward/center Landen Lucas is a 6-8, 240-pounder from Findlay Prep in Henderson, Nev.,  Westview HS in Oregon. He’s rated the No. 27 center prospect by Scout. Lucas likes Cal and Stanford, but is taking a trip to Washington this weekend, so he has several good choices. Update: Lucas played last season at Findlay but is back in Oregon. Thanks to “Bay Area Dude” for the tip.

Cal already has a commitment from Kaileb Rodriguez, a 6-9 power forward from Highlands Ranch, Colo.

Meanwhile . . .

— Arizona got a commitment this week from 7-footer Kaleb Tarczewski, a five-star prospect from New Hampshire who is attending Southborough (Mass.) St. Mark’s. He picks the Cats over Kansas. Along with Brandon Ashley, Gabe York and Grant Jarrett, Tarczewski gives the Wildcats a 2012 class that will be ranked among the very best in the country.

Rosco Allen, a 6-8 small forward from Bishop Gorman HS in Las Vegas, committed to Stanford after canceling a planned recruiting trip to North Carolina. Allen, ranked the No. 73 prospect in the nation by Rivals, is Stanford’s third commitment this fall. 

— Findlay Prep point guard and East Bay native Dominic Artis, who decommitted from UCLA early this fall, will attend Oregon, where he will join former high school teammate Jabari Brown, a freshman guard for the Ducks. Artis is rated the No. 52 overall prospect by Rivals.

Jeff Faraudo

  • rollonubears

    How is a guy who’s 6-8, which really means 6-6, considered a center? Just because he’s 240lb?

    Zena sounds like he’d be a great pickup.

  • David

    Tyrone just narrowed it down to us and Colorado

  • ConcordBear

    You know what Colorado is doing. They are negative recruiting Cal saying Monty has a health issue so why would you want to go there.
    I hope none of these recruits fall for the negative recruiting.
    Cal is a great school and play in the Pac 12 without a great coach like Monty. Add that he is our coach and has a clean bill of health and you have a lot ton to like about signing with Cal.
    Montgomery and his staff need to hit back at the negative recruiting hard and expose the other programs for going that route.

  • GoldenBV

    “Edosmwan apparently doesn’t want to stay home for college” — where are you hearing this?

  • SteveNTEXAS

    Even if we got every one of them we wouldn’t be near the top in the Pac 12.

  • robert

    Jeff, why isn’t Monty able to recruit?

  • Yoda

    Steve, they still play the games to decide that.

    And we can’t take all of them so it doesn’t matter.

    Sign Wallace and Zena or Lucas and we’ll be fine.

  • All this nonsense about Monty not being able to recruit is just that – NONSENSE. Monty recruited the freshman of the year last year and Jorge G, his FIRST EVER RECRUIT, is a leading candidate for POY this season and was ABSOLUTELY instrumental in getting us our first championship in YEARS. Yes, Monty has not brought in a slew of 5 star players, but so what? We’ve already won one championship with Monty at the helm and I expect this season’s team to also be a championship caliber team, battling to the final week for the title. Would all the Monty-recruiting bashers please tell me that Monty made mistakes recruiting Crabbe and Jorge? That’s right, its not gonna happen because we all know that Month DOES recruit well, his recruits just happen to not be in Rivals top 10 or whatever. Viva Monty and his bad recruits! Go Bears!

  • SteveNTEXAS

    Blake last year our recruiting was ranked last in the Pac 10 ( pre Pac 12). Rankings aren’t always correct but over time those ranked in the top 50 are more likely to produce stars than those un-ranked. Duke and Kentucky which get the ranked players will not win every game but they will beat Colorado State or Wyoming 9 out of ten times as those schools do not recruit well.