Basketball: Bears sign another Price HS player

Cal announced the signing of Kahlil Johnson, a 6-foot-7, 190-pound small forward from Price HS in Los Angeles, the alma mater of current Golden Bears Allen Crabbe and Richard Solomon.

“Kahlil is a wing-type player that is highly skilled and is a good shooter who gives us great flexibility and the ability to move our players around and create match-up problems,” Cal head coach Mike Montgomery said.

“He can play multiple positions, and has improved tremendously in the last year. We are delighted to have him and think he’s going to be a great addition to our program.”

Johnson averaged 16 points per game for the Knights, who compiled a 26-9 record and reached the CIF Division IV state title game. Johnson had 26 points and 10 rebounds in the Southern California title game, then 17 in the state championship loss to Salesian.

Johnson joins fall signees Tyrone Wallace, a 6-4 guard and top-100 prospect from Bakersfield HS, and 6-9 forward Kaileb Rodriguez, a three-star recruit from Highlands Ranch, Colo.

OK, back to vacation.

Jeff Faraudo

  • ConcordBear

    This is a player that will help the team next year!
    Strong get.
    If the staff can land a PF/C who can rebound and play with his back to the basket now we’ll be in business!
    Come on Monty!
    How could C looking to play college ball not want to join this team and play for this staff?
    A true center would get major run at Cal.

  • Juancho

    ConcordBear, signing day passed, it was this past week. We got who we got, and it is what it is.

  • rotfogel

    To Monty:
    Just recruit the Bay Area better please….All the best players in the Bay Area have stopped going to Cal. Step it up!

  • Takeoffthatredshirt

    The late signing period goes through May 18.

    Cal is still looking to add at least one more player and has made several offers.

    Cal has typically recruited better in LA, so I wouldn’t say Bay Area players ‘stopped’ coming. Powe and Kidd are the only two I can think of over a lot of years. There may be more but framing it as some kind of rich history of local players is wrong. It would be great to get it going with Jabari Bird.

  • Yoda

    Juanch, you’re wrong.

  • SteveNTEXAS

    Monty is using the “Pound(animal shelter)” theory of recruiting. He believes if we adopt an abandoned player no one else wants- perhaps their loyalty will pay off.

    Johnson is a two star recruit another diamond in the rough of course. Only ASU showed interest. He’s probably housebroken though.

    Meanwhile some big dogs go unsigned.

    Concordbear the 55th ranked Robert Upshaw from Fresno 6’11 250 lb is still available

    Also the #68 Cemter Christopher Obekwa (sp) is still available.

    There are a few others in the ESPN Top 100 available. Al;l 4 stars or more. There are probably a Host of 3 star players available as well.

  • Concordbear

    Thanks Steve, hope the Bears can get the big man we need!

  • wehofx

    And another pg.

  • SteveNTEXAS

    Wehof there are no point guards available in the top 100 but Shooting Guard Torian Graham out of North Carolina is 4 stars and ranked #90.

    NC State and Oregon made offers at one time but Duke and UNC NCState is loaded so they may not still be interested and competition for a spot there could be intense.

    I would be happy if we got our share of the best California players but most schools recruit nationally.

  • SteveNTEXAS

    Whoops – Duke, UNC and Wake did NOT make an offer.

  • Cre8tivguy

    I know very little about basketball recruiting. Can anyone explain why Cal continues to struggle in basketball recruiting and has to take “walk-ons” or “projects” or “diamonds in the rough”, but these small schools like VCU, Murry State, Belmont, Creighton, Xavier, Butler, etc., get these huge, skilled, ballers that run the NCAA tournament every year?

  • SteveNTEXAS

    Creat8 a few months ago I was the only one complaining about Monty’s mediocre recruting. Once everyone is on board you may get more responses.