Basketball: Jabari Bird cancels other visits, plans announcement Wednesday — sounds like Cal

Jabari Bird, a top-20 national prospect from Salesian HS in Richmond, will make his college choice public on Wednesday afternoon.

The 6-foot-5 shooting guard, who visited Cal last weekend, reportedly has canceled his other recruiting trips, leading to the conclusion that he will pick the Golden Bears.

Update: Talked briefly tonight with Bird, who plans to announce his decision at 10:30 a.m. over the school’s PA system, then talk with reporters after school. “Pretty much everybody has a general idea where I’m going,” Bird said. “They’d probably be right.”

Ranked as the No. 15 overall prospect in the country by Scout.com and No. 2o by Rivals.com, Bird toured the campus last weekend along with Bay Area pals Aaron Gordon (Archbishop Mitty HS) and Marcus Lee (Deer Valley HS).

Cal has been considered the favorite for Bird for some time. His father, Carl, played for the Bears, averaging 15.2 points as a senior in 1975-76.

He previously planned trips to Colorado, Oregon and Washington later this month. Multiple online recruiting outlets are reporting Bird has canceled those trips.

Washington is regarded as the most likely destination for Gordon, rated No. 5 nationally by Scout. It remains to be seen if Bird’s oral commitment might have any influence on Gordon.

Bird and Gordon are teammates on the powerhouse Oakland Soldiers AAU team. Bird would be the first Soldiers player to pick Cal in the five years Mike Montgomery has coached the Bears. 

Bird and Salesian won the California state Division IV title last season and will compete in the new open division this year, where their chief Northern California competition is likely to come from Gordon and Mitty.



Jeff Faraudo

  • Suttree

    HUGE get for Cal if this works out…

  • ConcordBear

    If Bird does decide to be a Golden Bear it will be a huge moment for the program. Coach DeCuire, Monty and John Monty will have made a major move to landing a possible monster Bay Area power class.
    Bird alone is the best recruit Cal will have landed since Jason Kidd. If he can get Lee, Gordon or both look out. Monty with that kind of talent will be lethal.
    The interest from the Bay Area public will be the highest its been for college hoop since JKidd too.
    Would be a tremendous development for Bay Area basketball and extremely exciting.
    I hope he picks Cal and becomes the lead recruiter for a final 4 run.
    Go Bears!

  • wehofx

    WOW! I hope it’s true.

    Go Bears!

  • Will

    Go BEARS!

  • Will

    Hope he works out as well as the last JB Cal got from Salesian!

  • rob bear

    ConcordBear makes a valid point that has been the focal point of past comments. That being, can you imagine Monty with not one, but two (2) first round NBA lottery picks such as U of W just this past year? I said it then and I will say it again, you give Monty that level of skill and he wins the PAC 12 by 3 – 4 games instead of one as Romar did this past year. When you couple a Bird with a Senior class of the 3 returners and Kravish in 2013 – 2014, look out PAC 12, for we have a Sweet 16 candidate in the East Bay…

  • Juancho

    Not getting my hopes up bc of what we wen through in football.

  • SteveNTexas

    Yay and I would need to apologize for bashing Monty’s recruiting.

  • kyle

    Talent for 1 year and then they enter the draft. Get it while he is a freshmen because he won’t see his sophmore year

  • rollonubears

    You mean this head coach doesn’t make the top recruits analyze the playbook for 3 years in order to “learn the system?”

  • Yoda

    I have a tendency to wait these things out until letter of intent day, but getting Bird to commit orally would be a big, big boost in recruiting a few other top local guys too. Make it happen Jabari.

  • rollonubears

    when is loi day for hoops?

  • Jeff Faraudo

    The early national letter of intent signing period for basketball is Nov. 14-21.

  • DaveintheHills

    what time is the announcement?

  • Dan
  • Mitchie V

    Hot dang!

    This is exciting stuff.

    Hope Mr Gordon joins the party.

  • Eric

    Very exciting.

    Steve – class posting. Your comments on Monty’s recruiting have stirred the pot, but in a way that is positive and rational. So I am not surprised that you would step back and give Monty credit when he deserves it.

  • Can’t wait to see him play…

    And why do the Bears not have first dibs on ALL Oakland Soldiers? That program is a goldmine for basketball talent. Shouldn’t Cal get at least one of them per year? Its Oakland, its Berkeley. It kills me that Drew Gordon was down in NEW MEXICO!?!? What gives?

    Go Bears! Some actual good news today! 😉

  • milo

    And who said Monty couldn’t recruit?

  • rollonubears

    His Dad was a Bear. Probably grew up a huge fan. I’m not saying Monty didn’t help, nor that this isn’t a huge get, but you gotta lock down the legacies, or something’s seriously wrong. Hopefully he grew so tired of watching the futility on an annual basis that he decided to just fix it himself. Nothing’s official until late november, either, so i’m still in wait and see mode.