Got confirmation from Jordan Mathews this morning that he has committed to Cal.
“It was a no-brainer,” Mathews told me. He picked Cal over Kansas State, Wake Forest and Marquette.
Mathews is a 6-foot-3, 195-pound, four-star shooting guard from Santa Monica HS. Rated No. 85 national prospect by Rivals.com.
The son of former USF head coach and UCLA assistant Phil Mathews, he lived in San Francisco until the age of 10. “I feel really comfortable in the Bay,” Mathews said.
Mathews called Cal’s Mike Montgomery “a great coach,’ and said he was sold on the idea that he would be able to contribute early. “I’m very eager to play for him,” Mathews said.
He also is excited to join top-20 SG Jabari Bird of Salesian, who committed on Wednesday.
“Jabari is really good. He’s easy to play with and I’m good friends with him,” Mathews said.
Just as Bird said he planned to try persuading Bay Area prep stars Aaron Gordon and Marcus Lee to join him at Cal, Mathews said he is targeting AAU teammates Lee and Torren Jones, both big men.
Mathews said the chances are “very high” of at least one of them choosing Cal.
Commitments do not become binding until letter-of-intent signing. Early signing period begins Nov. 14.