Pending signatures by Jaylen Brown and Davon Dillard, it seems likely Cal’s basketball roster for 2015-16 is complete.
And it’s pretty impressive. A Google search reveals there are two McDonald’s restaurants in the city of Berkeley. The Bears will have three McDonald’s All-Americans on their roster next season.
Here’s a best guess at a depth chart:
Center: Kameron Rooks, Kingsley Okoroh
Power forward: Ivan Rabb
Small forward: Jaylen Brown, Davon Dillard, Roger Moute a Bidias
Shooting guard: Jabari Bird/Jordan Mathews, Tyson Jolly, Stephen Domingo
Point guard: Tyrone Wallace, Sam Singer, Brandon Chauca
The Bears have recruited four newcomers, but in reality coach Cuonzo Martin will have six new players next season because Rooks (knee) and Domingo (transfer) sat out this year.
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There are a lot of ways Martin can assemble his lineup.
Martin likes size, so I believe his first impulse will be to start one of his big men alongside Rabb. Rooks is trimmed down from what we saw two seasons ago, and is the better offensive center at this point. Okoroh is the better defender. Figure the Bears try to get a combined 25 to 30 minutes from the two of them.
That still means the Bears can go “small” for 10 or 15 minutes each game, depending on matchups. Obviously, the center-free lineup will be fast and remarkably athletic with scorers all over the floor.
If Martin starts a center, the math tells us someone at the wings will be coming off the bench. Possibly Mathews, almost certainly Jolly, Dillard and Domingo. The competition at the 2 and 3 positions will be ferocious.
This isn’t a bad thing. Martin wants to play aggressive, pressure defense and he needs fresh bodies to make that work. So we should anticipate lots of subbing that will take advantage of a deep roster.