Dwight Tarwater, a 6-foot-6, 230-pound forward from Cornell, has enrolled in grad school at Cal and will play one season for the Golden Bears. As a grad student, Tarwater will be immediately eligible.
Tarwater averaged 7.1 points and 5.5 rebounds last season while starting all 28 games for Cornell, so he won’t be a game-changer for the Bears. But, given their manpower issues up front, he may be just what they need for the one year he has to play.
The Bears had just nine healthy scholarship players entering the fall after a season-ending knee injury to sophomore center Kameron Rooks.
Tarwater joins senior starter David Kravish, junior reserve Christian Behrens and incoming freshman center Kingsley Okoroh as frontline players available to new coach Cuonzo Martin.
A native of Knoxville, Tenn., Tarwater was Tennessee’s Mr. Basketball for Class II-A in 2010. His uncle, Richmond Flowers, played for the Dallas Cowboys and New York Giants in the NFL.