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Basketball: Bears land 5th recruit

Cal has received an oral commitment from the younger brother of former UCLA star and current Milwaukee Bucks player Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, according to Rivals.com.
 
Roger Moute a Bidias, a 6-7 forward from Cameroon who plays at Notre Dame Prep in Fitchburg, Mass., is expected to sign with the Bears before the spring letter-of-intent period ends May 15.
 
Moute a Bidias, rated as a three-star prospect by Rivals, also was offered a scholarship by Marquette.
 
He will become the fifth member of a Cal recruiting class, arriving in the fall of 2013, that is highlighted by prep All-America guard Jabari Bird of Salesian High.

Jeff Faraudo

  • Juancho

    Bak …

  • Kevin

    If he has anywhere close to the impact his brother had at UCLA, we’ve found a hidden gem. I bet he helps us next year.

  • Mitchie V

    I don’t see Bak in Roger.

    This guy is strong and smooth. Gifted athlete.

    He’s not as skilled as some others, but he’s only been playing since 2009.

  • Juancho

    Hopefully he has a great career. Will root for him.

    Something just doesnt sit right about us offering a scholarship to a senior a month away from graduation who only had one other offer.

  • Drizzlyboy

    Given that French is the official language of Cameroon, does anyone know if Roger rhymes with Dodger or with Roget?

  • Kevin

    His one other offer was from Marquette, who has been pretty good lately. Not a lot of programs have available scholarships right now. We need all the frontcourt help and depth we can get.

  • Eric

    @Kevin – agreed. When your competing scholarship is from Marquette – which has gone to at least the Sweet Sixteen how many years in a row? – you say this guy is probably talented.

  • GoldenBV

    He only recently got cleared academically. His school, Notre Dame Prep, has had previous issues, so his transcripts were under scrutiny. Same thing happened with Jorge (going from public high school in Colorado to prep school in Vegas). Schools were interested but held back their recruitment.

    Jeff — would be great to get some comments on Roger from his coach and trainer.

  • Juancho

    Goldenbv you are my brother. Thank you for the info. I wasnt aware of the academic issues. I saw hes 6’6″ and weighs five pounds more than jordan mathews and panicked we have another bak bak project.

  • Boaltblue

    Brother Juancho:

    The absence of offers from other prominent schools may not mean much. I trust Monty’s skill in scouting talent. As an example, Jorge Gutierrez, one of Cal’s best and a fan favorite, only had a few offers, namely from Northern Colorado, UCSB, and UTEP when he came out of high school in 2008. Jorge went on to win both the 2012 Pac-12 Conference Men’s Basketball Player of the Year and the conference’s Defensive Player of the Year.

  • BlakeStreetBear

    Roger will impress. He looks like a high-flyer with lots of athleticism. Him running up and down the court with Cobbs, Kreklow, Bird, Mathews, Singer et al. should be fun to watch…

    Welcome Roger!

  • Gobears49

    The new recruit is not tall enough. We need a big guy to be the third front court player in the rotation with Soloman and Kravish. Can’t count on our two big freshmen (Frid and Rooks) to be effective this year.

    I think Monty has one scholarship left. Hope he uses it to get someone who is 6’9″ or taller and is either an experienced college player who is eligible to play next year or an experienced JC player

  • BlakeStreetBear

    To say a new recruit “is not tall enough” is kinda dumb GoBears. LENGTH, STRENGTH and BOUNCE matter at least as much as just height. I think Roger is gonna make an impact immediately with blocked shots and MONSTER rebounds – 6’7″ and all. Grigsby/Powe/MSF where some of the best interior players Cal has had in the last 20 years, none of which where 6’9″.

    I agree though, it would be great to find the next Thurmanator (or better) as a transfer. Gonna miss that guy…Monty needs to find a 24 year-old 5th year grad student who can rebound! Has that new *grad* program been created yet?

    Go Bears!

  • Gobears49

    BlakeStreetBear,

    Agree with you that the qualities you mention COULD offset a little bit of height. But do we know Roger has them? Until we do, I’ll go off the size I gave to have a sure shot at being a true inside threat. It would be interesting to see what size players at Cal were the leaders in rebounds and blocked shots. Can’t get good internet access now at the hotel I’m staying at but may check that out when I get home. I particularly want to see how tall Michael (Yogi) Stewart was, Cal’s all-time leader in blocked shots. Kravish will soon be #2 in blocked shots at Cal, and could take eventually be the all time leader in that category. He is 6’9:.