Basketball: It’s official — Jabari Bird signs

Salesian High’s Jabari Bird on Wednesday became the highest-rated recruit Mike Montgomery has signed at Cal.

Bird, who announced the news on Twitter, headlines a Cal class that is expected to also include guard Jordan Mathews of Santa Monica High and Sam Singer of Ransom Everglades School in Miami, Fla. Cal still had not announced the signing of Mathews or Singer as of 6:30 p.m., but tweeted the word on Bird.

Bird, a 6-foot-5 shooting guard and the son of former Cal standout Carl Bird, is rated by Scout.com as the No. 16 prospect in the country while Rivals.com ranks him No. 23. He is considered a five-star prospect on both lists.

Consider that current Cal junior Allen Crabbe, who was the California high school player of the year in 2009-10 and was an all-Pac-12 pick last season, was rated just No. 69 by Rivals.

Scout placed Montgomery’s class as the 19th-best in the country, behind only UCLA (No. 15) and Arizona (No. 17) in the Pac-12. Mathews, a 6-3 shooting guard, is a four-star prospect, rated No. 88 nationally by Rivals.


Jeff Faraudo