Basketball: Bears sign 6-11 Danish center

Cal added to its frontcourt depth with the signing of Sami Eleraky, a 6-foot-11, 240-pound center from Copenhagen, Denmark, assistant coach John Montgomery reported on his Twitter account.

Cal discovered Eleraky last summer during its preseason tour of northern Europe. Eleraky did not play on the Danish national team the Bears faced, but the connection that led to his signing began at that point.

Eleraky, who will be eligible to play next season, averaged 4.5 points and 5.3 rebounds for the Danish team at the under-18 European Championships last summer. The year before, playing in the same event, he averaged 2.3 points and 5.9 rebounds, including a 10-point, 17-rebound effort vs. Luxembourg.

He played this past season for the Aalborg Vikings of the Danish league, averaging 6.0 points and 5.8 rebounds, according to the website Eurobasket.com.

Eleraky, who turns 19 later this month, also considered Texas, Marquette and Virginia Tech, according to Scout.com.


Jeff Faraudo

  • Good news. Inside depth and size can always be coached up by Monty.

  • Kevin

    We’ll take him – nice late recruiting season find. More inside depth desperately needed.

  • Rocko

    Sounds like a taller Bak Bak to me. We couldn’t get the Polish guy, so we go after this one instead? Is he a big 6’11” or a skinny one?

  • Jeff Faraudo

    He’s listed at about 6-11, 240 pounds. If true, perhaps lean but hardly skinny.

  • Juancho

    Nice get by Montgomery and staff. Kudos.

  • ConcordBear

    He’s not skinny, he is solid. His game. is not as advanced as the Pole but he is more athletic and has tremendous upside. If he comes in ready to work and learn under our staff he could be a player.
    Huge that the team has another big for next year!
    If our 3 freshman come in ready to play and carve out roles our team will be good.
    In addition to the 3 frosh we get Solo back and Krek who had to rs last year. Basically 5 new players.
    I’m excited to see how our roster comes together!

  • GoldenBV

    Incoming frosh: Wallace, Johnson, Eleraky, Rodriguez
    Soph transfer: Kreklow
    MIA last year: Solomon, Behrens

    7 players who weren’t really options last year.

    Solomon was only able to play in a few games where he was really needed. Behrens was way behind all of last year.

    Rodriguez could very well redshirt this year with the frontcourt depth created by Eleraky’s arrival.

  • Stereotypically, the European kids come to work and actually hit the books as college athletes, unlike we lazy Xbox playing, Jersey Shore idolizing, imbeciles we give full rides to so they can barely pass a semester then bolt for the NBA.

    I’m always happy to add international players, though it crushed me when Max left. That team could have been really good with him at center.

  • Mr. B

    Hahaha maybe is bc i am in Amsterdam but cow you making me laugh.
    Because you are smart, you said European kids, different from the general foreign kids that fararuraruauado said. I knew Sean marks. He is not euro, so yeah, the euros come to study and learn and play hoops but the rest, Xbox stoners to nba.

    So true I am laughing out loud wisdom cow!