No surprises, but the Golden Bears signed the two players from whom they had received oral commitments, landing combo guard Tyrone Wallace of Bakersfield HS and forward Kaileb Rodriguez of Highlands Ranch, Colo.
Wallace, a consensus top-100 prospect, committed on Monday. Rodriguez said yes to the Bears last spring.
Cal received their signed letters-of-intent today as the fall signing period began, so coach Mike Montgomery was free to speak publicly about the two for the first time. Here are his comments in a statement from the athletic department:
– on Tyrone Wallace: We fell in love with Wallace the first time we saw him. He is a combo guard with great length. His ability to create shots for others, to defend and to rebound are exactly what we need to help us win next year. We’re glad that he’ll be coming and are very excited to have him on court for us.”
– on Kaileb Rodriguez: “Rodriguez is an up-and-coming forward with great potential. He, too, has great length, and we feel that he’s only scratched the surface in terms of what kind of basketball player he could become. We think that he will only get stronger, with experience, and are looking forward to having his skills.”
The addition of Wallace and Rodriguez put the Bears at 12 scholarship players for 2012-13 — one below the limit. They still are awaiting decisions by forward Zena Edosomwan of Harvard-Westlake in North Hollywood and forward/center Landen Lucas of Westview in Portland.
Even without exiting seniors Jorge Gutierrez and Harper Kamp, the Bears should be solid and fairly deep at all positions next season.
At the point, Montgomery will have Brandon Smith and Justin Cobbs back, along with Wallace.
At shooting guard, Missouri transfer Ricky Krelow becomes eligible, with Cobbs, Wallace, Emerson Murray and Alex Rossi also available.
Allen Crabbe returns at small forward, backed by Kreklow and Jeff Powers.
The post spots feature lots of choices and versatility with Richard Solomon, David Kravish, Robert Thurman, Bak Bak, Christian Behrens and Rodriguez. Behrens or Rodriguez could eventually slide down to small forward.