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Basketball: Can Frayer’s decision influence other prospects?

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?

Jeff Faraudo

  • Wehofx

    Wow! Cuonzo and Co got recruiting game. Coming season could be rough but the future certainly looks bright.

  • BlakeStreetBear

    This is obviously good news but it should come as no surprise. Cuonzo and staff knew what they were getting into when they signed on at Cal. They knew that the Bay Area alone (not to mention Sacramento and the rest of the Central Valley) has enough top recruits to immediately and radically change the makeup of the Cal squad. This is just the beginning. I expect more top locals, why not?

    This guy Frayer is legit, his SOPHOMORE year highlights are ridiculous, he does a 360 dunk on a breakaway that looks about as easy as a layup!! This is a cornerstone recruit, a potential lottery pick, and the type that can cause a cascade of followers.

    “When Oscar decided to come to Moreau, we had like 20 other kids decide to come.” I can see the same happening at Cal. Let the dominoes fall! Go Bears!

  • sunshipballoons

    Sounds good, but he’s gotta learn to dribble and shoot so he can play the 3, or put on 50 pounds so he can play the 4 at 6’5″. Or get taller.

  • Rollonubears

    How do you get to be a 4-star if you can’t dribble or shoot?

  • BlakeStreetBear

    Just google his name, watch some videos and you will understand. He may improve to 5 stars by the time he comes to Cal. He may get taller too.

  • BlakeStreetBear

    Just watch the highlight videos, please. This guy may be able to play the 2 by the time he gets to Cal…talented kid.

  • sunshipballoons

    I watched the sophomore video. He looks very talented, although the Marion-like chest release on his jump shot is a concern. That said, he could totally learn to dribble and shoot and end up on the wing (although 6’5″ guys rarely play SG in college; they usually play SF). Or he could gain a lot of size and play up front, as many big 6’5″ guys have done in college, especially if Cal runs more of a small-ball game, which is more or less what Martin did in Tennessee.

  • Juancho

    This is very very exciting.

  • Rob Bear

    With EXTREME PREJUDICE, Cuonzo! Sell it and they will come!

    My 2010 PAC 10 Championship shirts are fading. I need a refresher in the shirt category!

    Nothing put a bigger smile on our faces than to see the Mighty Bears capture the PAC 10 Hoops Title against ASU at home. Poetic justice that we sat right next to the ASU faithful that night. Awfully quiet, they were on the way out as we danced our catcher’s mitts off down Durant Avenue.

    Let’s hope Kravish & Co. bring it home in ’14 – ’15 and the momentum builds for these future recruit(s)…Go BEARS!!!!