With the unsurprising news that Christian Behrens will not return for his senior season, Cal now has one additional scholarship available for next season.
Division I men’s basketball program are allowed 13 scholarships, and the Bears currently have four open spots.
One of those is committed to Davon Dillard, a three-star small forward who committed to Cal last month and is expected to sign April 15.
That leaves three open scholarships.
Coach Cuonzo Martin would love to hand those out to power forward Ivan Rabb, small forward Jaylen Brown and center Caleb Swanigan.
There is one other variable at play: What will junior point guard Tyrone Wallace decide?
Wallace reportedly has not made a decision on whether he will forgo his final college season and enter the NBA draft. In current mock drafts, draftexpress.com envisions Wallace as the No. 8 pick in the second round, and nbadraft.net does not show Wallace being taken in the two-round draft.
Here is Cal’s current roster breakdown:
– Guards (6): Jabari Bird, Brandon Chauca, Stephen Domingo, Jordan Mathews, Sam Singer, Tyrone Wallace.
– Forwards (1): Roger Moute a Bidias.
– Centers (2): Kingsley Okoroh, Kameron Rooks.
Yes, with seniors David Kravish and Dwight Tarwater gone and Behrens departing, the Bears are a little light at the forward spots. Regardless of whether Martin is able to sign the five-star talent he wants, expect Cal to add one or two players who can operate at the 3 or 4 spots.
In particular, the Bears need a power forward with some girth and muscle. A grad-student transfer or JC player could wind up filling that role.