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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Jeff Faraudo