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.