Basketball: Mike Montgomery on Bears’ recruiting gem Jabari Bird — `He’s a winner’

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Cal officially announced its three-man basketball recruiting class Thursday, headed by Salesian High five-star prospect Jabari Bird.

“We have watched Jabari grow as a player for a long time,” Cal coach Mike Montgomery said. “He is a legit-size guy that can play both wing positions. He is a scorer. He is a winner.”

The highest-rated player signed by Montgomery at Cal, Bird led Salesian to the Division IV state championship last year, scoring 24 points in a win over Price-Los Angeles.

“When the game is on the line, he makes a play,” Montgomery said. “Jabari is one of the top prospects in America and he is coming to Cal, we couldn’t be happier.”

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  • Dan

    Too bad Montgomery couldn’t lasso Marcus Lee to this class. If he had, this would be a monster class.

    3 Great recruits in this class, BUT … Cal basketball continues to be deficient on the front line.

  • Uh Huh!

    Monty said as much.
    I’d, too, rather he holds out and works to get the right solution there rather than another “project”, without naming names.

  • Takeoffthatredshirt

    Where is SteveinTexass or Juancho demanding Monty’s firing this year? I miss that comic relief from our resident know-it-alls.

    No praise for Monty landing one of the best recruits in school history? Or are you guys too busy whining about lack of bigs?

    College basketball in general lacks good bigs – Albany just beat Wash with no one over 6’7″.

    Cal has Soloman, Kravish and Thurman and that’s more than a lot if teams have. Monty knows he needs size it’s just hard to lock down.

    Try enjoying the season this year rather than posting endless crap about what Cal doesn’t have or whatever massive mistakes you see from a guy that has more basketball college wins than most Div 1 coaches. Monty is the man.

    I’m awaiting your retractions and apologies for publicly demanding his firing last year. That was pretty lame, eh?