Could Oscar Frayer be a recruiting domino for Cal basketball?
The four-star class of 2016 small forward from Moreau High gave new Cal coach Cuonzo Martin an oral commitment Monday afternoon, and his decision could influence others to do the same.
Does that include Bishop O’Dowd forward Ivan Rabb, rated by ESPN as the No. 1 prospect in the class of 2015?
Or Moreau point guard Damari Milstead, a promising sophomore-to-be?
“No comment,” said Frank Knight, Frayer’s coach at Moreau.
But all three play for the Oakland Soldiers. And all three are good friends.
“They’ve all been talking,” Knight said. “Now that Oscar’s committed, a lot of other local players will consider it.
“When Oscar decided to come to Moreau, we had like 20 other kids decide to come.”
Knight said Martin and his staff are determined to secure the top talent in the Bay Area. “These guys are working, working, working,” he said. “Their thing is they don’t want to let any more local kids leave.”
It’ll be two more years until Frayer steps onto Cal’s campus as an enrolled student. Heck, he can’t even sign a letter-of-intent until November 2015.
In the meantime, Knight believes Frayer will add skills to what he said already rates as “NBA athletic ability.”
At 6-foot-5, 175 pounds, Frayer averaged about 14 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists per game as a sophomore at Moreau. “He’s a walking double-double,” Knight said. “He reminds me of Aaron Gordon. From 15 feet in, he’s dominant – blocking shots, tipping the ball, dunking it. That’s pretty much his bread and butter.”
Knight said he’s asked all the time how Frayer can score the way he does without a consistent jump shot. The answer for now, Knight said, is that Frayer has “ridiculous athletic ability.”
But Frayer is working on those skills – improving his 3-point shot, and practicing his left-handed dribble over the past month since breaking his right arm . . . when he banged it on the rim while dunking.
“All he’s been doing is dribbling with his left hand. It will be a blessing,” Knight said.
“If his skill set develops like I think it will, he has a good opportunity to make some money,” Knight said. “He’s going to be a big-time player.”
Now the question is does Frayer convince others to join him at Cal?